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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".

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In the first stage of my research I have developed a set of high-fidelity tools for the analysis of aerodynamic and acoustic rotor-on-rotor and rotor-wing interactions for aircraft design.

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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)

FUTURE WORK
• High-fidelity modeling of multirotor aerodynamic and aeroacoustic interactions for eVTOL design. (2019)
• High-fidelity gradient-based design optimization of ultra-quiet multirotor propeller. (2020)
• High-fidelity modeling and gradient-based design optimization of eVTOL aircraft. (2020-2021)