Fluid-structure interaction (FSI) plays a key role in the design of many engineering systems, e.g. aircrafts, turbines, heat exchangers, bridges etc. Escalating FSI can lead to catastrophic failures such as the infamous first Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse. FSI are often too complex to solve analytically, and are mostly studies by performing experimental and numerical simulations. The advancement in computational fluid dynamics and computational structural dynamics is used together to simulate FSI problems numerically.
The focus of current FSI research at HFCMPL is high-speed laminar/turbulent boundary layers with/without impinging shock and their interactions with compliant surfaces.