Professor Candler receives Fluid Dynamics Award
AEM Professor Graham Candler has been awarded the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fluid Dynamics Award for 2012. Professor Candler was given the award “for the development of advanced computational methodologies to predict flow stability and transition to turbulence in complex configurations.” An official Awards Luncheon will be held as part of the 2012 Fluid Dynamics Conference in New Orleans this June.
Professor Candler’s research includes using computational fluid dynamics to study high-temperature reacting flows and hypersonic flows. He is particularly interested in the interaction between fluid motion and the relaxation of internal energy modes and finite-rate chemical reactions. Applications of his work include the analysis of planetary entry spacecraft heat shields, hypersonic boundary layer transition, and the effects of chemical reactions on aerodynamics. Professor Candler's research group has also worked to extend computational methods to complex geometries for application to future scramjet-powered hypersonic aircraft.
Professor Candler’s other honors and awards include a McKnight Presidential Professorship, the 2007 Thermophysics Award, and the George Taylor Distinguished Research Award, among others. He has also been named a Fellow of the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute and an Associate Fellow of the AIAA.
The AIAA Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee chooses one award recipient each year based on his or her “outstanding contributions to the understanding of the behavior of liquids and gasses in motion and of the physical properties and dynamical behavior of matter in the plasma state as related to needs in aeronautics and astronautics.” The Fluid Dynamics Award was established more than 30 years ago.