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The Fluid Dynamics Research Center (FDRC) is a division of the Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering Department (MMAE) of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). The FDRC was established in 1985 to continue the tradition of research in fluid dynamics begun by the pioneering work of Dr. Mark Morkovin and Dr. Andrew Fejer carried out at Illinois Institute of Technology in the 1960s. Faculty and researchers have established a tradition of excellence in research, particularly through the use of advanced experimental and computational techniques, in areas such as unsteady aerodynamics, fluid - structure interaction, turbulence, hydrodynamic stability, and aeroacoustics.

In 1986 under the guidance of Dr. Hassan Nagib, the Fluid Dynamics Research Center was chosen as one of three National Centers of Excellence by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The FDRC maintains several wind tunnels and water channels including the National Diagnostic Facility, which is a large wind tunnel with very high quality flow. In recent years, the FDRC has established expertise in computational fluid dynamics to complement its strengths in experimental research, and it has partnered increasingly with industry to augment its traditional base of funding through US Department of Defense agencies.

Mission of the Fluid Dynamics Research Center

1. Develop New Technology based on creative application of fluid dynamics principles:
  • Aerospace applications
  • Biomedical applications
  • Homeland security

    2. Advance and Disseminate Fundamental Knowledge
    in fluid dynamics with experimental, computational, and analytical approaches to problem solving

    3. Educate Students in state-of-the-art numerical and experimental techniques
  • Impact graduate education
  • Impact undergraduate education

    Areas of Activities

    1. Fundamentals
  • Dr. Cassel - application of optimal control theory to unsteady separation
  • Dr. Nagib - high Reynolds number turbulence; three-dimensional and separated flows; modeling of complex turbulent and separated flows
  • Dr. Raman - experiments and analysis to understand compressible flow
  • Dr. Rempfer & Dr. Wark - developing new theories and experiments to improve prediction capabilities related to contaminant dispersion

    2. Aerospace Applications
  • Dr. Cassel - conducting fundamental studies of vortex surface interactions and unsteady boundary-layer separation
  • Dr. Nagib - enhancing forces on aerodynamic surfaces, with application to high-lift and reduced drag, for tilt-rotor aircraft, advanced concept STOL vehicles, and bluff bodies
  • Dr. Raman - actuators for aircraft nozzle and cavity flow control
  • Dr. Rempfer & Dr. Wark - development and optimization of wind power generators for tall buildings
  • Dr. Williams - using active flow control to extract energy from unstea- dy flows, to reduce the effects of wind gusts on wings, and to enhance aircraft maneuverability by modifying the leading edge vortex

    3. Biomedical Applications
  • Dr. Cassel - computational modeling of cephalic arch hemodynamics in dialysis patients with arteriovenous fistulas
  • Dr. Raman - micro-shock actuators for biomedical applications
  • Dr. Rempfer - fluid dynamics of magnetic nanoparticles in blood flow
  • Dr. Williams - using fluidic oscillators to design more accurate / less expensive equipment for the detection of chronic pulmonary disease


  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK
  • European Community and Universities
  • IIT Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering
  • Lindbergh Foundation
  • NASA Space Grant
  • National Science Foundation
  • The Boeing Company
  • The University of Chicago
  • The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • US Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • US Army Research Office
  • US Department of Energy
  • US Office of Naval Research
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