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Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Mechanical Engineering Research

The Aerodynamics, Fluids, and Thermal Engineering research groups and laboratories investigate a wide variety of research topics in the field of Fluid Mechanics. Current research projects include boundary layer control, development of computational algorithms for the design and analysis of aerospace vehicles, the study of differential diffusion in a turbulent jet, unsteady aerodynamic studies on wings and airfoils in subsonic and supersonic flows with applications to aero-elastic oscillations control, studies on the next-generation hypersonic air-breathing engines, computational and numerical investigations of compact heat exchangers, and the study wing tip vortices from fixed and cyclically pitched wings.

Facilities include the J. Armand Bombardier 3ft x 4ft Low-Turbulence Subsonic Wind Tunnel at the Aerodynamics Lab that is currently being primarily used for the investigation of aircraft wingtip vortices as well as rotorcraft blade-vortex interaction. The lab employs laser/optics flow measurement equipment, multiple hot-film sensor array as well as a PIV flow measurement equipment. A state-of-the-art heat transfer lab that investigates fluid flow and heat transfer in engineering systems for energy conversion, exchange, and storage. The CFDLab at McGill University utilizes a 58-processor supercomputer cluster for the development of new algorithms for the analysis and design of aerospace vehicles. The cluster is equipped with a state-of-the-art interconnect based on the Infiniband standard for high bandwidth and low latency transfer of data for large parallel computations. The group has access to the CLUMEQ supercomputer soon to be upgraded to a large 4000-core supercomputer that would be one of the fastest supercomputer in Canada.

Research funding is primarily contributed by the federal as well as the provincial governments through the following agencies: NSERC, CFI, FQRNT; and industries such as Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney, Bell Helicopter, and a large number of private companies.

Research Labs and Groups

Research Facilities

  • Multiple Hot-Film Sensor Array Room
  • PIV Flow Measurement Room
  • J. Armand Bombardier 3ft x 4ft Low-Turbulence Subsonic Wind Tunnel
  • 2ft x 3ft Subsonic Wind Tunnel
  • Hanuman, 58 AMD processors, InfiniBand Interconnect