Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Colloquium

October 9, 2019
October 16, 2019
Speaker: Michael Amitay, PhD
                Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute   
Title: Aerodynamic Flow Control: From Basic Research to Application
Location: Easton Hub Auditorium
                 Fiber Optics Building
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Abstract: The ability to manipulate a flow field to affect a desired change is of immense practical importance.  Flow control involves passive and active devices to affect a beneficial change in wall-bounded or free-shear flows.  The presentation will be divided into three major parts:

  1. Current and future activities in the Center for Flow Physics and Control at RPI.
  2. Basic Research:
    1. control of laminar to turbulent transition: characterization and control of T-S waves using wave cancellation technique via localized Piezoelectrically Driven Oscillating Surface (PDOS) actuators.
    2. Interaction of a low aspect ratio pin with laminar or turbulent boundary layers
  3. Application: Performance Enhancement of a Vertical Stabilizer of a Commercial Airplane using Distributed Finite Span Synthetic Jet Actuators

Bio: Michael Amitay received his D.Sc. (1994) from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Israel.  He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Arizona (1994-1996) working on active control of heat transfer.  From 1996-2003 he held several positions at Georgia Tech Research Institute and at Georgia Institute of Technology.  He joined RPI in 2003 and he is currently the James L. Decker ‘45 Endowed Chair in Aerospace Engineering and the Director and founder of the Center for Flow Physics and Control.  He is a Fellow of AIAA.  Prof. Amitay has over 190 journal and conference publications, four book chapters, three conference papers that were awarded "best technical paper" in 2000 by the ASME and in 2001 and 2002 by the AIAA, and six U.S. patents.  His current research interests are in the field of active flow control with applications in aerodynamics for Aerial and Underwater Vehicles, and performance enhancement of wind turbine blades.

For additional information, please contact Professor Edmund DeMauro at or 848-445-4763.