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fluids, structural mechanics & acoustcs research areas

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Fluid Dynamics


Fluids, Structural Mechanics & Acoustics (FSMA) | fluid dynamis (fd)

ARL has a long history of research in the areas of fluid dynamics and turbomachinery. With its excellent test facilities, ARL has traditionally focused on experimental fluid dynamics, where fundamental and exploratory research is conducted into the physical phenomena governing boundary layer flows, cavitation, flow control, and the hydrodynamics of marine vehicles. To enhance this research, ARL has developed unique state-of-the-art facilities, instrumentation, and a methodology for the experimental study of fluid dynamic phenomena.

In addition, ARL has designed and tested advanced propulsors for all types of marine vehicles, as well as axial-flow pumps, centrifugal pumps, and low-speed fans. In an attempt to develop advanced propulsors as an integrated element of a total vehicle, ARL has developed and implemented concurrent engineering practices—incorporating the hydrodynamic, hydroacoustic, and mechanical design aspects into a design team approach.

Potential Applications

  • Fluid dynamics of materials processing
  • Fluid dynamics of automotive components
  • Machinery noise reduction
  • Rotary equipment efficiency
  • Commercial seacraft propulsion
  • Acoustics of automotive components
  • Aircraft turboprop mechanics
  • Improved pump and fan designs