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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2019 can be found here.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  Effect of forced boundary layer transition on a lifting hypersonic vehicle with control surfaces
Disciplines:  Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Applied Physics
Mentor:  Daniel Araya, Senior Aerospace Engineer, (EAS),, Phone: 240-592-2302
Background:  NOTE: This project is being offered by a Caltech alum and will take place at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) in Laurel, Maryland. Due to security requirements, US citizen is required.

The goal of this project is to better understand the effect of boundary layer transition on shock-wave boundary layer interactions for realistic hypersonic vehicle configurations.
Description:  SURF student will run computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations for different hypersonic flight vehicle configurations with and without control surface deflections.

For each configuration, the student will evaluate the effect of forcing transition to turbulence at different axial stations on surface heating, flow separation, and control effectiveness.
References:  -Key words: hypersonics, Boundary-Layer Transition, shock-wave boundary-layer interactions (SWBLI), Metacomp CFD++

-Proposed work would be similar to this study but for a different vehicle configuration:
Jie, T. (2017). Numerical Study of Hypersonic Shock-Wave/Laminar Boundary-Layer Interactions of a Typical Lifting Vehicle. In 21st AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonics Technologies Conference (p. 2280).
Student Requirements:  -Strongly suggested to have completed a course in Fluid Mechanics (ME19 or equivalent).

-Strong background in math and physics is preferred.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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