Summer 2022

Our Current and Former Sponsors


FMRL’s mission comprises five objectives:

  1. The presence of skeptical scientific leaders is crucial to ensure that the technologies devised to combat global warming, climate change, and air/water pollution do not inadvertently affect the climate or harm the environment through alternative mechanisms. Our mission involves advancing our comprehension of thermal fluid sciences to gain a deeper understanding of the environmental and climate implications of renewable energy technologies. By proactively addressing potential issues, we aim to prevent any adverse consequences before they become irreversible. 
  2. Our mission also involves actively participating in the development of the science and technology necessary to combat climate change, global warming, and air/water pollution. 
  3. A key cornerstone of our mission is the development of a research program supported by a diverse range of sponsors. We believe that such diversity fosters a more resilient program, enabling it to maintain its self-funded status despite fluctuations in national and global socioeconomic conditions and the political climate. climate
  4. We are committed to fostering interdisciplinary research thrusts and promoting collaborative grant proposals.  
  5. Our unwavering commitment is to remain closely aligned and instrumental to our home department, the Mechanical Engineering Department at Tennessee Tech, as well as the broader institution’s missions and goals. We strive to contribute actively to the department’s growth and reputation through our research, academic pursuits, and collaborative efforts.  

The profound comprehension of thermal fluid sciences empowers engineers to create engineering systems that are both highly efficient and cost-effective. This extends to various domains such as power plants, energy storage facilities, energy systems, vehicles, airplanes, and submarines. At the Fluid Mechanics Research Laboratory (FMRL), Tennessee Technological University, we dedicate ourselves to advancing the field of fluid mechanics and thermal transport processes. Our approach involves a combination of numerical simulations, analytical models, laboratory experiments, and field studies. Our research focuses on several key areas, including heat transfer, turbulence, vortex and wake dynamics, bubble dynamics, and optimization, with specific defense and energy conversion/storage applications. By conducting cutting-edge research in these areas, we aim to contribute to developing innovative technologies and solutions that address critical challenges in defense and energy. Our commitment to excellence drives us to make significant strides in the field, benefiting both academic and practical applications.

Dr. Vasel-Be-Hagh, Lab’s Director

About FMRL

Over the years, the Fluid Mechanics Research Laboratory (FMRL) has been a nurturing environment for 27 student researchers, including six Ph.D. candidates, seven M.Sc. students, and 14 undergraduate researchers. By providing valuable research opportunities and mentorship, the lab has played a significant role in shaping the future of these aspiring scholars. FMRL is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, featuring major instrumentations like wind tunnel facilities. These resources enable us to conduct cutting-edge research and experiments, facilitating a deeper understanding of fluid mechanics phenomena. The lab’s impact extends beyond research, as it actively contributes to students’ educational experience. We foster a practical and well-rounded learning environment by integrating hands-on experiences from FMRL into the Fluid Mechanics courseā€”a mandatory junior-level class for Mechanical and Civil engineering students. Additionally, several graduate courses, including Turbulence and Atmospheric Fluid Dynamics, benefit from the lab’s valuable contributions to the curriculum. FMRL’s research excellence and dedicated efforts have been rewarded with substantial research funding. The lab’s contributions have secured more than $14 million in research grants, with its share amounting to nearly $2.2 million. These financial resources enable us to pursue ambitious research projects and continue making significant advancements in thermal fluid sciences. Through its comprehensive approach to research, education, and funding acquisition, FMRL continues to be a leading force in fostering the next generation of skilled researchers and engineers at Tennessee Tech University.