Research areas and directions
Complex flow physics
We study the dynamics of complex flows through integrated approaches combining physics-based modeling, high-performance computing and data science, software engineering, control, and companion experiments, with emphasis on rocket propulsion and hypersonics. We are also interested in cyberphysical integration - effectively connecting computers and real-world devices - to assimilate, control, and optimize engineering systems for existing and new applications. For any target system, we highly encourage addressing underlying flow physics; physical intuitions are often very useful for engineering optimization and error diagnostics.
Image credit: *NASA, **purdue.edu
Rocket ignition and supersonic combustion
(Left) Visualization of the ignited flame in a model combustor. (Right) Supersonic gaseous methane-oxygen jet ignited by a focused laser. Yellow region indicates the reaction zone.
Physics, data-centric analysis, and real-time feedback control of complex flows
Real-time feedback control of ultrasound-induced cavitation
Task-based framework for multidisciplinary analysis on supercomputers
Multi-scale modeling and numerical methods for compressible multi-component flows
Schematic of multiscale modeling of cloud cavitation: (From the left) ultrasound transducer, bubble cloud, sub-grid scale bubbles, bubble interface resolved on fine grids.
Turbulent dispersed multiphase flows
Thermo-hydrodynamics of real fluids and complex flows
Maeda, Wang, and Di Renzo, to appear, CTR Annual Research brief, 2021.
Shao, Maeda, and Ihme, to appear, Proc. Combust. Inst., [DOI].
Maeda and Ihme, CTR Annual Research brief, 2019 [PDF].
Bode, Lehn, Maeda, Colonius and Pitsch, 10th International Cavitation Symposium (CAV2018), 2018 [PDF].
Maeda, Blanquart, and Colonius, Technical Report, California Institute of technology, 2014 [PDF].
Fine-scale shear-layer entertainment and mixing of transcritical nitrogen
Computer-integrated medical systems and devices
Maeda, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 148(4), 2519, 2020 [DOI].
Pishchalnikov, Behnke-Parks, Schmidmayer, Maeda, Colonius, Kenny, and Laser, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 146(1), 516, 2019 [DOI] [PDF]. (*The CFD code used in this study is open-sourced by Dr. Kevin Schmidmayer and his collaborators.)
Veilleux, Maeda, Colonius and Shepherd, 10th International Cavitation Symposium (CAV2018), 2018.[PDF].