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David Richter

David H. Richter

Email: David.Richter.26@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-4839

Office: Cushing 120A


  • Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO 2011-2013
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2011
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2007
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 2006


Richter, D.H., Stern, D.P., 2014, Evidence of spray-mediated air-sea enthalpy flux within tropical cyclones, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, pp 2997-3003, doi: 10.1002/2014GL059746

Richter, D.H., Sullivan, P.P., 2014, The sea spray contribution to sensible heat flux. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 71, pp 640-654, doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-13-0204.1 

Richter, D.H., Sullivan, P.P., 2013, Momentum transfer in a turbulent, particle-laden Couette flow.  Physics of Fluids, 25, pp 053304, doi: 10.1063/1.4804391

Richter, D.H., Sullivan, P.P., 2013, Sea surface drag and the role of spray. Geophysical Research Letters, 40, pp 656-660, doi:10.1002/grl.50163

Richter, D.H., Iaccarino, G., Shaqfeh, E.S.G., 2012, Effects of viscoelasticity in the high Reynolds number cylinder wake.  Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 693, pp 297-318

Richter, D.H., Shaqfeh, E.S.G., Iaccarino, G., 2011, Numerical simulation of polymer injection in turbulent flow past a circular cylinder.  Journal of Fluids Engineering, 133, pp 104501-(1-5)

Richter, D.H., Shaqfeh, E.S.G., Iaccarino, G., 2010, Floquet stability analysis of viscoelastic flow over a cylinder.  Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, 166, pp 554-565

Richter, D.H., Iaccarino, G., Shaqfeh, E.S.G., 2010, Simulations of three-dimensional viscoelastic flows past a circular cylinder at moderate Reynolds numbers.  Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 651, pp 415-442

Teixeira, R., Dambal, A., Richter, D.H.,  Shaqfeh, E.S.G., Chu, S., 2007, The individualistic dynamics of entangled DNA in solution.  Macromolecules, 40, pp 2461-2476

Bhardwaj, A., Richter, D.H., Chellamuthu, M., Rothstein, J.P., 2007, The effect of pre-shear on the extensional rheology of wormlike micelle solutions.  Rheologica Acta, 46, pp 1435-1528

Summary of Activities/Interests

Dr. Richter’s graduate studies focused on simulating transition to turbulence in non-Newtonian fluids.   Redirecting his research focus through his postdoctoral work at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, he is now interested in computational techniques such as direct numerical simulation and large eddy simulation for studying turbulence in the atmosphere and ocean.  In particular, turbulent exchange of heat, moisture, and momentum at the air-sea interface is an area where detailed knowledge of these processes is critical for accurate storm prediction, and in this context, numerical simulations can provide a great deal of insight in environments where measurements can be quite difficult.  Dr. Richter is also interested in developing tools for simulating multiphase systems that can be applied to a wide variety of geophysical flows including subsurface sediment transport and saltation.


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