Thermal Science and Engineering Research
Research concentrated on computational and experimental techniques for heat transfer at nano/micro/macro scales and the understanding of combined-mode heat transfer physics.
The central question of the Mechadynamic Lab’s research is how can we design and predict the response of an assembled structure that contains strong nonlinearities? This research is strongly motivated by the aerospace, defense and automotive industries. Specific focus areas within the Mechadynamics lab are nonlinear dynamics, structural dynamics, nonlinear mechanics, contact/interface mechanics/tribology, numerical methods, vibration, uncertainty quantification, additive manufacturing and applied mathematics for mechanical engineering.
Focusing on contact mechanics at length scales ranging from material structure at the nano-scale to the response of systems at the macro scale, the Contact Mechanics Center at Rice (CoMCaR) is a collaboration between faculty in Mechanical Engineering (Matthew Brake and Fred Higgs) and Materials Science and NanoEngineering (Zachary Cordero). Visit our website for information on upcoming events and research opportunities.
Dynamic systems and control, robotics, and biomedical engineering systems.
We study fluid dynamics and heat transfer in complex natural phenomena and engineering systems using numerical, mathematical and statistical models, guided by observational and experimental data. Our work is often motivated by theoretical and applied problems related to energy and the environment. Examples of problems of interest are environmental and geophysical flows, reduced-order modeling, extreme weather events, atmospheric turbulence, climate modeling, flow control in energy systems and numerical and mathematical modeling of thermo-fluid processes.
Nagarajaiah Research Group
Structural dynamic systems, smart structures system identification, sensing and monitoring under earthquakes, wind and waves, seismic protection and applied nanotechnology related to sensing.
In addition to traditional dynamic systems, controls, and mechatronics research, the MAHI Lab focuses on mechanisms to enhance human performance through physical human-robot interactions, such as for robotic rehabilitation and prosthetics.
The focus of the Energy Systems Lab is the analysis, design and optimization of multi-scale energy systems. This research relies on a solid basis of thermofluids modeling, augmented by an experimental validation and testing. To date, the lab has focused on topics such as the multiphase, multicomponent lattice Boltzmann method, cogeneration system heat and mass transfer modeling, fuel cell systems, design and characterization of thermoacoustic Stirling engines and alternative renewable energy technologies.
The TAFSM focuses on computational analysis in fluid mechanics, fluid-structure interaction, biomechanics, aerospace engineering, and thermo-fluids. Applications include spacecraft parachutes, cardiovascular fluid mechanics, heart valve flow analysis, bioinspired flapping-wing aerodynamics, wind turbines, ground vehicles, tires, disk brakes, turbochargers, and ram-air parachutes.
The vision of the lab is to make highly effective personalized treatments for neurologic and orthopedic movement impairments a clinical reality. The associated mission is to develop data-driven computational technologies that facilitate creation of patient-specific neuromusculoskeletal models which in turn can be used to design personalized rehabilitation and surgical treatments. Key skills needed for the research include multibody dynamics, numerical methods (especially optimization), and computer programming (mostly Matlab but also some C++).