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Thomas E. Schwartzentruber
Associate Professor and Russell J. Penrose Faculty Fellow and
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Thomas Schwartzentruber

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Office: 222 Akerman Hall
Phone: 612-625-6027
E-mail: schwart (at) umn.edu

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Professor Schwartzentruber utilizes particle simulation methods to model non-equilibrium and chemically reacting gas flows. Non-equilibrium flow occurs when the mean-free-path between molecular collisions in a gas is no longer negligible compared to length-scales of interest. Applications include high-altitude hypersonic aerothermodynamics, rocket-plume flows, gas-surface interactions, and at the other end of the scale, micro-electromechanical devices. Professor Schwartzentruber's research focuses on continued algorithm development of the direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) particle method. Research also focuses on molecular dynamics (MD) simulation in order to further develop gas-phase and gas-surface models used in DSMC. Finally, special focus is given to the development of multi-scale methods that combine both particle and continuum approaches to accurately and efficiently simulate non-equilibrium flows.

Degrees

B.A.Sc., Engineering Science, University of Toronto, Canada, 2001
M.A.Sc., Aerospace Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada, 2003
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 2007

Experience

2014 - Present: Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
2008 - 2013: Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
- Visiting Assistant Professor (Fall 2011), The von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium
2007: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Michigan
2003 - 2007: Research Assistant, University of Michigan
2001 - 2003: Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, University of Toronto, Canada
1998 - 1999: Bombardier Aerospace, Toronto, Canada

Five Recent Publications

  • Singh, N., Schwartzentruber, T.E., Homes, R.J., and Cussler, E.L., 2017, Volume Diffusion in Purification by Sublimation, AIChE Journal, (Journal Article) More Details
  • Poovathingal, S., Schwartzentruber, T.E., Murray, V.J., Minton, T.K., and Candler, G.V., 2017, Finite- Rate Oxidation Model for Carbon Surfaces from Molecular Beam Experiments, AIAA Journal, (Journal Article) More Details
  • S. Poovathingal, T.E. Schwartzentruber, V.J. Murray, and T.K. Minton, 2016, Molecular Simulation of Carbon Ablation Using Beam Experiments and Resolved Microstructure, AIAA Journal, Vol. 54, No. 3, pp. 999-1010, (Journal Article) More Details
  • N. Singh, and T.E. Schwartzentruber, 2016, Heat Flux Correlation for High-Speed Flow in the Transitional Regime, Journal fo Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 792, pp. 981-996, (Journal Article) More Details
  • Valentini, P., Schwartzentruber, T.E., Bender, J.D., and Candler, G.V., 2016, Dynamics of nitrogen dissociation from direct molecular simulatoin, Physical Review Fluids, Vol 1, 043402, (Journal Article) More Details

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Books

  • Lain D. Boyd and Thomas E. Schwartzentruber, Nonequilibrium Gas Dynamics and Molecular Simulation, Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Jochen Marschall, Matthew MacLean, Paul E. Norman, and Thomas E. Schwartzentruber, Surface Chemistry in Non-Equilibrium Flows, In Hypersonic Nonequilibrium Flows: Fundamentals and Recent Advances, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2015.

More information can be found at www.cambridge.org/wm-ecommerce-web/academic/landingPage/Boyd2017

 

Honors and Fellowships

Russel J. Penrose Faculty Fellowship, 2015
AIAA Thermophysics Best Student Paper Award, 2015
George Taylor Career Development Award, 2014
AFOSR Young Investigators Research Program, 2010
AIAA Orville & Wilbur Wright Graduate Award, 2007
Distinguished Achievement in Aerospace Engineering (Michigan), 2006
Elvie L. Smith Award (CASI, Pratt & Whitney), 2001
Best Student Paper Award (CASI), 2001

Current Courses

Undergraduate
AEM 4253 -- Computational Fluid Mechanics | Course Home Page
AEM 4796 -- Professional Experience
Graduate
AEM 5253 -- Computational Fluid Mechanics

Subjects and Courses Taught

Undergraduate
AEM 4203 -- Aerospace Propulsion
AEM 4253 -- Computational Fluid Mechanics
AEM 4295 -- Problems in Fluid Mechanics
Graduate
AEM 5251 -- Computational Fluid Mechanics
AEM 5253 -- Computational Fluid Mechanics
AEM 8202 -- Fluid Mechanics II
AEM 8232 -- Physical Gas Dynamics and Molecular Simulation
AEM 8295 -- Selected Topics in Fluid Mechanics

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