Funded by BYU's High-Impact Doctoral Research Fellowship, my research aims to characterize the complex aerodynamic and aeroacoustic interactions encountered in distributed propulsion of electric VTOL aircraft, or "flying cars".
As part of this research, we are gathering load-balance and PIV measurements of multirotor interactions to validate our aerodynamics tools. This is done at BYU's open-circuit wind tunnel (3'x4' test section with wind speeds up to 49 m/s)
• High-fidelity modeling of interactional aerodynamics and aeroacoustics of eVTOL aircraft. (—)
• Reformulation of the Vortex Particle Method to achieve long-term numerical stability. ()
• Development of a vortex-stretching SGS model for meshless Large Eddy Simulation (LES). ()
• Development of a mixed-fidelity interactional aerodynamics framework. ()