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David Richter

David H. Richter


Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Center for Atmospheric Research, 2011-2013

Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2011

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2007

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 2006


Dr. Richter received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2011, having studied turbulence in non-Newtonian fluids. During a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO, he shifted his focus to turbulence and transport in the environment, using numerical simulations as a tool for understanding complex behavior in nature.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Dr. Richter's group is 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. 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.


Nissanka, I., H. Park, L. Freire, M. Chamecki, J. Reid, and D.H. Richter (2018), Parameterized vertical concentration profiles for aerosols in the marine atmospheric boundary layer, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123, pp 1-15

Richter, D.H. and T. Gill (2018), Challenges and opportunities in atmospheric dust emission, chemistry, and transport, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 99(7), pp ES115-ES118

Park, H., K. O'Keefe, and D.H. Richter (2018), Rayleigh-Bénard turbulence modified by two-way coupled inertial, non-isothermal particles, Physical Review Fluids, 3, pp 034207

Richter, D.H. and M. Chamecki (2018), Vertical concentration profiles of heavy, inertial particles in the turbulent boundary layer, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 167(2), pp 235 - 256

Sweet, J., D.H. Richter, and D. Thain (2018), GPU acceleration of Eulerian-Lagrangian particle-laden turbulent flow simulations, International Journal for Multiphase Flow, 99, pp 437 - 445

Wright, E., D.H. Richter, and D. Bolster (2017), The effects of incomplete mixing on reactive transport in flows through heterogeneous porous media, Physical Review Fluids, 2, pp 114501

Peng, T. and D. H. Richter (2017), Influence of evaporating droplets in the turbulent marine atmospheric boundary layer, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 165, pp 497-518

González, C., D. H. Richter, D. Bolster, S. Bateman, J. Calantoni, C. Escauriaza (2017), Characterization of bedload intermittency near the threshold of motion using a Lagrangian sediment transport model, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, 17, pp 111-137

Richter, D.H. and F. Veron (2016), Ocean spray: An outsized influence on weather and climate, Physics Today, 69(11), pp 34-39

Richter, D. H., R. Bohac, and D. P. Stern (2016), An assessment of the flux profile method for determining air-sea momentum and enthalpy fluxes from dropsonde data in tropical cyclones, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 73, pp 2665-2682

Richter, D. H., O. Garcia, and C. Astephen (2016), Particle stresses in dilute, polydisperse, two-way coupled turbulent flows, Physical Review E, 93, pp 013111

Helgans, B., Richter, D.H. (2016), Turbulent latent and sensible heat flux in the presence of evaporative droplets, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 78, pp 1-11

Richter, D.H. (2015), Turbulence modification by inertial particles and its influence on the spectral energy budget in planar Couette flow, Physics of Fluids, 27, pp 063304

Richter, D.H., Sullivan, P.P. (2014), Modification of near-wall coherent structures by inertial particles.  Physics of Fluids, 26, pp 103304

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

Richter, D.H., Sullivan, P.P. (2014), The sea spray contribution to sensible heat flux. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 71, pp 640-654

Richter, D.H., Sullivan, P.P. (2013), Momentum transfer in a turbulent, particle-laden Couette flow.  Physics of Fluids25, pp 053304

Richter, D.H., Sullivan, P.P. (2013), Sea surface drag and the role of spray. Geophysical Research Letters40, pp 656-660

Richter, D.H., Iaccarino, G., Shaqfeh, E.S.G. (2012), Effects of viscoelasticity in the high Reynolds number cylinder wake.  Journal of Fluid Mechanics693, 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 Engineering133, 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 Mechanics166, 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 Mechanics651, 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 Acta46, pp 1435-1528


Richter to Receive 2016 ONR YIP Award

March 11, 2016

David Richter, assistant professor of civil & environmental engineering & earth sciences and concurrent assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, is among the 47 engineers and scientists who will be awarded grants as part of the 2016 Young Investigator Program of the Office of Naval Research.