Dr. Venkateswaran Narayanaswamy, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received a Young Investigator Research Program award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).
The goal of his project, “Investigation of Shock Boundary Layer Interactions to Unravel the Physics of Unstart in Axisymmetric Inlets,” is to develop autonomous hypersonic platforms, which can have a game-changing impact on high-speed commercial travel, defense technology and commercial space access, and make a profound difference in world trade and commerce. “Unstart” is a sudden compressor stall that can occur in the jet engines of super sonic aircraft. The results of this project will contribute to bringing down the operating speed of the scramjet that would facilitate better vehicle integration and unravel the physics of inlet unstart phenomenon by elucidating the flow interactions that initiate and sustain unstart.
The educational component of the project will engage with different organizations within NC State to provide a research experience to undergraduate students, especially from traditionally underserved communities, and collaborate with K-12 outreach activities to bring middle and high school students to campus during the summer to learn about current research.