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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Multiscale, Multiphysics and Multifidelity Modeling of Aircraft Power and Thermal Systems


Aerospace Systems Directorate, RQ/Aerospace Structures, Aerodynamics, and Flight Controls

RO# Location
13.30.07.B7781 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337542


Name E-mail Phone
Patnaik, Soumya S 937.656.5452


Cross-domain, advanced physics based modeling and simulation tools have been identified by the Air Force as game changers that can significantly reduce development and deployment cycle time for acquisition. Our research focuses on development of computational methods, tools, and models for design and performance-analysis of aircraft power and thermal management systems. We are developing an integrated power and thermal (P&T) modeling workspace to explore the multi-dimensional P&T trade space. Our research includes development of computational methods, numerical formulations, and software with an integrated and unifying modeling framework. Aircraft P&T systems demand both static and dynamic response and include technologies that represent physical phenomena across a wide range of spatial and/or temporal scales involving multi-physics coupled interactions and requiring different output fidelity and response. Research opportunities include but are not limited to P&T modeling toolset development, dynamic modeling of multiphysics and multifidelity P&T systems, high fidelity thermodynamic analysis of aircraft P&T systems, molecular and multiscale modeling of heat transfer and thermal energy storage, molecular and stochastic simulation methods of nanoscale transport phenomenon, reduced order modeling of thermal systems, co-simulation of dynamic systems, and model verification and error estimation methods. Access to several commercial and in-house developed codes and computing resources at the AFRL DOD Super Computing Resource Center is available.


Multiscale modeling; Aircraft power and thermal modeling; Dynamic modeling; Molecular modeling; Multiscale modeling of heat transfer; Nanoscale thermal transport; Phase change heat transfer; Thermal management; Thermal energy storage; Thermodynamic analysis of aircrafts;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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