Hola folks, welcome back to our Mech Playbook. So far, we have covered the best universities for Robotics, Bio-Mechanics, Automotive Engineering & Energy. Now it is time to look into one of the very popular field of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).
With CFD and Thermal Sciences becoming the base of almost all the products we build, every university has a department in these fields. In this post we discussed with top researchers in the field and have come up with univeristies and labs that perform world class research in fields such as,
- Multi Phase Flows
- Turbulent Flow
- Fluid Structure Interaction
- Flow Physics
- Bio Fluids
- Shock Waves
Most top to moderately ranked programs will have rigorous coursework for those interested in fluids and thermal sciences. Here are 25 Universities that you need to consider when it comes to the above mentioned fields. There is a lot of information in this post, in order to digest every bit of it try spending significant amount of time. By the way, here is an excel sheet that contains all the 25 universities and their respective research areas.
I will start the list with my Alma matter,
- University of Wisconsin – Madison – Engine Research Center
- If you are looking at pursuing your Masters or Ph.D in Computational Fluid Dynamics, especially in in-cylinder combustion, Multi-phase flow, Spray and Combustion models and Chemical Reaction Mechanisms then you need to start with the Engine Research Center at University of Wisconsin – Madison. UW has been in the forefront of Engine research and thus covers CFD as well.
- Princeton University – Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center CEFRC
- CEFRC focusses on combustion of fossil and alternate fuels. Take a look at the strong team of Professors who work at Princeton who collaborate with Sandia National Laboratory and other reputed organizations. Chemical Kinetics of Biofuels is one of their main research concentration areas.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT – offers varied research areas for you to explore, take a look at some of the famous fields below.
- California Institute of Technology
- THE FORCE – Turbulent Flow Oriented Research in Combustion and Energy
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory – “Founded by Caltech faculty, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)is a division of Caltech and is the leading U.S. center for the robotic exploration of the solar system. Working together, Caltech’s and JPL’s innovative researchers and technicians are shedding new light on our solar system’s origins and are building knowledge not only of distant planetary environments, but of Earth and its atmosphere as well. JPL is currently responsible for conducting missions with more than two dozen spacecraft.” – Jet Propulsion Lab, Caltech
- University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, take a look at the combustion related work being performed at Wooldridge Laboratory, Propulsion & Combustion engineering labs to get an idea of the research happening at UMich.
- Stanford University – If you are looking to pursue your interests in Turbulence then Stanford should definitely be in your mind. Some of the top researchers work on important turbulence related problems here,
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- University of Texas – Austin
- University of Minnesota
- University of California – Los Angeles
- University of Southern California
- Fluid Dynamics – Take a look at the Fluid Dynamics research group at USC. They focus on Turbulence, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Aerodynamics and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics.
- Pennsylvania State University
- Center for Combustion, Power & Propulsion – Combustion chemistry, Fuels, Flame dynamics, Rocket propulsion, IC Engines, Gas turbines, Space Propulsion
- High Pressure Combustion Lab
- University of Maryland – College Park
- Cornell University – http://pope.mae.cornell.edu/
- University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
The universities mentioned above in general are very good universities and tend to expect higher GRE scores i.e. in the range of 320+, if you did not get a chance to get 320+, some of the universities you can consider are listed below,
- University of California Davis
- Iowa State University
- University of Massachusetts – Amherst
- Ohio State University
- Michigan State University
- University of Florida – combustion research
- University of Cincinnati
- Clemson University
- University of Wyoming
- University of Colorado
So this sums it all, hope you found this helpful. Incase you have any questions about the universities and your chance sof getting into it, feel free to comment.