RE-TE-G Undergraduate (UG) researchOur group actively involves and supports undergraduate research. We consider that the involvement of undergraduates in advanced graduate-level research provides them with the skills and vision for future endeavours.
Figure 1: A discussion about fluid mechanics with our undergrad students.
Arpeet Kamdar, ISUR scholar (2014-2015) and senior student pursuing a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, co-authored the article Turbulent boundary layer over 2D and 3D large-scale wavy walls with his graduate student mentor, Ali Hamed (first author), and Prof. Leonardo Chamorro. The article was published in American Institute of Physics’ (AIP) Physics of Fluids in fall 2015.
His project focused on the experimental investigation of flow over two-and three-dimensional large-scale wavy walls using high resolution planar particle image velocimetry. Having been awarded the Mechanical Science and Engineering department’s undergraduate research fund, Arpeet continues to work with Ali and Prof. Chamorro in spring 2016.
Arpeet has this to say about his ISUR experience, "I really enjoyed doing research with Ali and Professor Chamorro. It was a great way to earn experience in my field and interact with the faculty. I learned a lot, not just about fluid dynamics, but about writing, coding, and understanding the process of how real science is done. Also, there is no doubt that my research experience has helped me earn internships, and it will definitely help me earn a full time job or acceptance to graduate school. I would highly recommend research for any student who has the opportunity to do it."
Figure 2: Arpeet with mentor, Ali Hamed, and his faculty sponsor, Prof. Leonardo Chamorro by the wind tunnel in their lab.
Figure 3: Arpeet and Ali in the 2015 ISUR poster expo during the Undergraduate Research Symposium at the Illini Union.
Our research group aims at providing fundamental insights on the role of turbulence in basic and applied problems of high interest, which can be divided in the following sub-areas:
i) structure of the boundary layer over complex topographies;
ii) wind & hydrokinetic energy technologies,
iii) scalar transport over urban and natural environments,
iv) flow-structure interaction; and
v) instrumentation for turbulence measurements.
We have developed a comprehensive research on these topics that are going to be sustained and expanded in the future. Our versatile experimental approach combines a set of state-of-the-art experimental techniques, including particle image velocimetry (PIV), computer vision, and our recently developed 3D particle tracking velocimetry (PTV). This framework allows us to study fluid dynamics from Eulerian and Lagrangian frame of references