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Graham V. Candler
McKnight Presidential Professor, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, and Russell J. Penrose Professor, Associate Department Head

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Office: 119B Akerman Hall
Phone: 612-625-2364
E-mail: candler (at)

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Professor Candler uses computational fluid dynamics to study high-temperature reacting flows and hypersonic flows, and is particularly interested in how the relaxation of internal energy modes and finite-rate chemical reactions interact with fluid motion. Applications of this work include the analysis of planetary entry spacecraft heat shields, hypersonic boundary layer transition, and the effects of chemical reactions on aerodynamics. Dr. Candler works closely with experimentalists to validate high-enthalpy flow models by careful comparison to shock tunnel data. Recently, Candler's research group has been working to extend computational methods to complex geometries for application to future scramjet-powered hypersonic aircraft. These tools were used to design an inward-turning inlet for a upcoming sounding rocket flight experiment of a Mach 10 vehicle.


B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, 1984
M.S., Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, 1985
Ph.D., Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, 1988


2014 - Present: Professor, Associate Department Head, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
1999 - Present: Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
1994 - 1999: Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
1992 - 1994: Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
1989 - 1992: Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University
1989 - Present: Consultant Institute for Defense Analyses, Coleman Engine Company
1988 - 1989: Visiting Professor, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University
1988 - 1989: Aerospace Engineer, Aerothermodynamics Branch, NASA Ames Research Center
1985 - 1988: Research Assistant, Aerothermodynamics Branch, Stanford University


Computational fluid dynamics of reacting flows.
Algorithm development.
High temperature gas dynamics.
Re-entry and hypersonic aerodynamics.
Thermo-chemical nonequilibrium flows.
Numerical simulation of combustion.

Five Recent Publications

  • Cook, D.A., Thome, J.S., Brock, J.M., Nichols, J.W., Candler, G.V. , 2018, Understanding effects of nose-cone bluntness on hypersonic boundary layer transition using input-output analysis , AIAA Paper , (Journal Article) More Details
  • GS, S., Dwivedi, A., Candler, G. & Nichols, J.W., 2018, Onset of three dimensionality in supersonic flow over a slender double wedge, Physical Review Fluids, (Journal Article) More Details
  • Dwivedi, A., GS, S., Nichols, J.W., Candler G. & Jovanovic, M. R. , 2018, Instabilities in hypersonic compression ramp flow: an input-output approach, (Journal Article) More Details
  • Hildebrand, N., Nichols, J.W., Jovanovic, M.R. & Candler G., 2018, Transient growth analysis of oblique shock-wave/boundary-layer interactions at Mach 5.92, Physical Review Fluids, (Journal Article) More Details
  • Thome, J., Dwivedi, A., Nichols, J.W. & Candler, G., 2018, Direct numerical simulation of BOLT hypersonic flight vehicle, AIAA Paper, 2018-2894, (Journal Article) More Details

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  • Graham V. Candler, Pramod K. Subbareddy, and Ioannis Nompelis, CFD Methods for Hypersonic Flows and Aerothermodynamics, In Hypersonic Nonequilibrium Flows: Fundamentals and Recent Advances, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2015.

Honors and Fellowships

AIAA Dryden Lectureship in Research, 2018
Russell J. Penrose Professor, 2012
AIAA Fluid Dynamics Award, 2012
McKnight Presidential Professor, 2009
National Security Science and Engineering Fellowship, 2009
Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2008
Thermophysics Award, 2007
AIAA Outstanding Paper Award in Aerodynamic Measurement and Ground Testing, 2006
Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota, 2004
George Taylor Distinguished Research Award, University of Minnesota, 2002
AIAA Award for Best Technical Paper in Thermophysics, 1990, 2001 and 2015
Ballhaus Prize for Best Ph.D. Thesis in Stanford Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1988
Fellow of the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute

Scientific and Professional Societies

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
American Physical Society

Subjects and Courses Taught

AEM 4202 -- Aerodynamics
AEM 4247 -- Hypersonic Aerodynamics
AEM 5245 -- Hypersonic Aerodynamics
AEM 5247 -- Hypersonic Aerodynamics
AEM 5251 -- Computational Fluid Mechanics
AEM 8251 -- Finite-Volume Methods in Computational Fluid Dynamics
AEM 8295 -- Selected Topics in Fluid Mechanics
AEM 8880 -- Plan B Project

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