“A thorough understanding of the mechanics of fluids enables engineers to design more efficient and more cost-effective power plants, energy storage plants, energy systems, vehicles, airplanes, and submarines.
At Fluid Mechanics Research Laboratory (FMRL) of Tennessee Tech University, we develop numerical simulations and analytical models in concert with laboratory and field experiments to deepen the understanding of fluid mechanics for more accurate prediction and control of flows for engineering analysis.
More specifically, we specialize in turbulence, vortex dynamics, bubble dynamics, and optimization for energy conversion and storage applications including: (i) aerodynamics of wind turbines, wake loss modeling, wind farm layout optimization, and wind power forecasting (ii) aerodynamics of solar PV plants, (iii) marine hydro kinetic devices, (iv) mechanical energy storage technologies (e.g., underwater compressed air energy storage).”
Dr. Ahmad Vasel, Principle Investigator
Tennessee Tech University