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Thomas Corke

Thomas Corke

Clark Equipment Professor

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Clark Equipment Professor
College of Engineering

Email: tcorke@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-3261

Office: 101 Hessert Laboratory


PhD - Illinois Institute of Technology 1981


Journal Publications (Appeared)

“Dynamic Stall in Pitching Airfoils: Aerodynamic Damping and Compressibility Effects”, Ann. Rev. Fluid Mech., 47, 479-505, 2015.

“Experiments and Modeling of Micro Flapping Wings of Different Designs in Hover”, AIAA J., 53, 3, 2015.

“A.C. Plasma Anemometer - Characteristics and Design”, Measurement Science and Technology, 26, 8, 2015.

“The Mechanism of Vorticity Generation in Plasma Streamwise Vortex Generators”, AIAA J., 53, 11, 2015.

“Airfoil Shape Optimization for Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma Compliant Flows”, AIAA J., 53,10, 3125-3129, 2015

“Highly Loaded Low-pressure Turbine: Design, Numerical, and Experimental Analysis”, J. Propulsion and Power, DOI: 10.2514/1.B35334, 2015.

Journal Publications (In Press)

“Effect of Wall Suction on Rotating Disk Absolute Instability”, to appear, J. Fluid Mech., 2016.

Journal Publications (In Review)

“A Time Domain Analysis of Compressible Dynamic Stall by Implementation of Chirp Signal Pitch Excursions”, In review AIAA J., 2015.

“Design and Scaling of Plasma Streamwise Vortex Generators for Flow Separation Control”, In review AIAA J., 2015.

“Plasma Density Measurements for Aero-optic Applications Using Two-wavelength Heeterodyne Interferometry”, In review AIAA J., 2016.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Dr. Corke joined the University of Notre Dame in 1999 and is the Clark Chair Professor of Engineering. He is the Founding Director of the Notre Dame Center for Flow Physics and Control (FlowPAC), and the Director of the Notre Dame Hessert Laboratory for Aerospace Research. His research experience is unusually diverse. It ranges from hydrodynamic stability and transition to turbulence, to fully turbulent flows. It involves an equally diverse range of flow fields including boundary layers, wakes, and jets. This has been applied to an exceedingly broad range of applications including aerodynamic performance enhancement, flight control, the internal flow of gas-turbine engines, acoustic noise control, and wind flows around buildings and structures. He has extensive experimental experience over the full range of Mach numbers from incompressible to hypersonic. His research also includes computational fluid dynamics especially with regard to acoustic receptivity, and in support of his pioneering research on Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) plasma actuators. His research has made him a highly sought speaker for specialist conferences and by industry.

See: http://www.nd.edu/~tcorke/


Achieving Super Speed with the Nation's Largest Quiet Hypersonic Wind Tunnel

February 21, 2017

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are building the country's largest quiet hypersonic (Mach 6) wind tunnel.

The Aerodynamics of Trucks: Getting in the Flow

November 21, 2016

Like race cars, the semi trucks that haul tons of freight back and forth across the country are often fitted with devices such as spoilers, ride skirts, or rear tail fairings to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency. A recent report published by the University of Notre Dame offers a way to decrease drag and improve fuel efficiency without adding these bulky devices or substantial redesigning the vehicle.

Glow-in-the-dark Trucks Use Plasma to Reduce Drag and Save Fuel

October 25, 2016

Notre Dame technology licensed by Plasma Stream Technologies is being used to reduce drag on the road.

Wind Energy to Benefit from Notre Dame Plasma Research

April 20, 2016

As the world looks for new ways to diversify its energy supply and find renewable resources to power the earth’s growing energy consumption needs, new research from the University of Notre Dame has identified a potential way to make an existing renewable resource – wind energy – more efficient in power production.

Quick and Quiet: Supersonic Flight Promises to Lose the Sonic Boom

April 12, 2016

NASA and a team led by Lockheed Martin are making advances that bring the goal of quiet supersonic commercial travel over land closer to reality.