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Ronald Adrian

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6106
Regents Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6106
Biography

Professor
School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy  
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Dr. Adrian's research interests are the space-time structure of turbulent fluid motion and the development of techniques, both experimental and mathematical, to explore this structure. Techniques to which he has made fundamental contributions include laser Doppler velocimetry, particle image velocimetry, and the optimal estimation method for analysis of turbulent flows. Dr. Adrian is a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the America Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Academy of Mechanics. Dr. Adrian's awards include the 2001 Nusselt-Reynolds Prize for experimental fluid mechanics research, the 2002 AIAA Aerospace Measurement Technology Award for his role in developing the particle image velocimeter, the 2005 Fluid Dynamics Prize from the American Physical Society, the 2007 Fluid Dynamics Award given by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the 2010 Fluids Engineering Award given by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the 2009 Miegunyah Distinguished Fellowship, given by the Univ. Melbourne, the 2010 Tewksbury Fellowship, given by the Univ. Melbourne Univ, and the 2010 Leonardo Da Vinci Award, given by the International Symposium for Flow Visualization. He is listed by ISI Web of Science as one of the 250 Most Highly Cited Researchers in Engineering.

 

Expertise

Turbulence, experimental fluid mechanics, laser diagnostics laser instrumentation micro detonation

Education

1972, Ph.D. in Physics, University of Cambridge
1969, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
1967, B. M. E. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota

 

Publications
  • Chen H., Adrian R. J., Zhong Q. and X. Wang. "Analytic solutions for three dimensional swirling strength in compressible and incompressible flows". Physics of Fluids (2014).
  • Chen, Q., Adrian, R. J., Zhong, Q., Li, D., & Wang, X. Experimental study on the role of spanwise vorticity and vortex filaments in the outer region of open-channel flow. Journal of Hydraulic Research (2014).
Research Activity
  • Adrian,Ronald John*, Adrian,Ronald John*. Center For Compressible Multiphase Turbulence. UNIV OF FLORIDA(1/27/2014 - 1/26/2019).
  • Adrian,Ronald John*. Low-cost high-resolution PIV for the measurement of velocity and acceleration during fluidstructure interactions. SPECTRAL ENERGIES(12/6/2013 - 12/31/2015).
  • Adrian,Ronald John*. Physical and Computational Concepts for Systematic Development of Drag Reducing Surfaces in Pipes. NSF-ENG-CBET(7/15/2013 - 6/30/2016).
  • Adrian,Ronald John*, Adrian,Ronald John*, Frakes,David, Frakes,David. Triple-pulse Particle Image Velocimeter for the Simultaneous Measurement of the Velocity and Acceleration Field of Fluid and Flexible Structure underg. SPECTRAL ENERGIES(6/12/2012 - 12/31/2013).
  • Adrian,Ronald John*, Frakes,David, Frakes,David. NUMERICAL SIMULATION OF ARTERIAL BLOOD FLOW IN VIVO. UNIV OF AZ(7/1/2010 - 4/30/2012).
  • Adrian,Ronald John*. Tomographic PIV for multiplane measurements in Richtmyer-Meshkov flows at the LANL shock tube facility. LANL(1/10/2010 - 9/30/2014).
  • Adrian,Ronald John*, Phelan,Patrick E, Prasher,Ravi S. Photothermal Energy Conversion in Nanofluids. NSF-ENG(8/15/2009 - 7/31/2013).
  • Adrian,Ronald John*. Unified description of the three-dimensional structure of wall-turbulence with large-scales and very large-scales. NSF-ENG(8/1/2009 - 4/30/2013).
  • Adrian,Ronald John*. DURIP: 200,000,000 Frames per Second Camera for Microdetonics Research. DOD-ARMY-ARO(4/1/2006 - 9/30/2007).
  • Adrian,Ronald John*. Polymer Drag Reduction - A Unified Mechanistic View. DOD-NAVY-ONR(3/16/2006 - 12/31/2007).
  • Adrian,Ronald John*. Two-dimensional Characterization of Shock Fields from Detonations. LANL(2/1/2006 - 9/30/2009).
  • Adrian,Ronald John*. Modeling the Structure of Multi-Point Correlation in the Log-Layer of Wall Turbulence. UTAustin(4/1/2005 - 3/31/2008).
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 504Exper Mthds Thermal/Fluid Proc
MAE 592Research
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 592Research
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 592Research
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 592Research
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 592Research
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 504Exper Mthds Thermal/Fluid Proc
MAE 592Research
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 598Special Topics
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 592Research
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 792Research
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 592Research
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 790Reading and Conference
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 575Turbulence
MAE 592Research
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 592Research
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 599Thesis
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