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Krish Ahuja (r.) on his first job in 1966 at Rolls Royce’s Aero-Engine Division in Derby, United Kingdom. Photo provided by Krish Ahuja.
He Who Quieted The Deafening Jets


In 1969, the roar of a passing jet airliner broke a bone in Carolyn Brobrek’s inner ear, as…
XSEDE Stampede2, ECSS Helps Simulate Shock Turbulence Interactions

August 16, 2019

This may come as a shock, if you’re moving fast enough. The shock being shock waves. A balloon’s…
Scientists confirmed 70-year-old theory of turbulence in fluids

June 28, 2019

If you travel a lot, you know what a turbulence is. In fluid mechanics, turbulence is chaotic changes…
Finding order in the chaos of turbulence

June 27, 2019

Turbulence can be found in places large and small, from exploding supernovae and sprawling ocean currents, to the…
“Neural Lander” Uses AI to Land Drones Smoothly

May 27, 2019

Landing multi-rotor drones smoothly is difficult. Complex turbulence is created by the airflow from each rotor bouncing off…
Engineering an accurate, affordable model for turbulence in air and space travel

April 1, 2019

The future of space travel could hinge on the management of tiny swirls of air turbulence. But first,…
Taming turbulence: Seeking to make complex simulations a breeze

December 12, 2018

For scientists wrestling with problems as diverse as containing superhot plasma in a fusion reactor, improving the accuracy…
Young researcher wants to change theory of turbulence

September 3, 2018

Being considered for the grants takes inventiveness, a certain risk appetite, and groundbreaking research ideas. The traditional physical…
A striking look at turbulent motion

December 4, 2017

Stir a vat of any liquid or gas and you get complex whirls of movement. Fluid dynamics, the…
Swirling swarms of bacteria offer insights on turbulence

May 17, 2017

In the bacterial world, as in the larger one, beauty can be fleeting. When swimming together with just…
Underwater mountains help ocean water rise from abyss

March 7, 2017

At high latitudes, such as near Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, the ocean’s surface waters are cooled by…
NASA Test Flights Examine Effect of Atmospheric Turbulence on Sonic Booms

August 26, 2016

NASA has concluded a series of flights designed to study the way sonic booms travel through the atmosphere.…
New finding may explain heat loss in fusion reactors

January 21, 2016

One of the biggest obstacles to making fusion power practical — and realizing its promise of virtually limitless…
Extreme Turbulence Roiling ‘Most Luminous Galaxy’ in the Universe

January 21, 2016

The most luminous galaxy in the Universe – a so-called obscured quasar 12.4 billion light-years away – is…
Making hypersonic flight a reality

January 7, 2016

If you think lighting a match on a windy day is hard, consider trying to light the flame…
Ecological extinction explains how turbulence dies

November 27, 2015

As anyone who has experienced turbulence knows, its onset and departure are abrupt, and how long it lasts…
Nocturnal, compass-guided insects have a sense for turbulence too

September 2, 2015

When nocturnal insects make their high-flying journeys through the darkness of night, they may have more than an…
Silent flights: How owls could help make wind turbines and planes quieter

June 22, 2015

A newly-designed material, which mimics the wing structure of owls, could help make wind turbines, computer fans and…
The Physics of Clouds

March 13, 2015

In 1941, Russian physicist Andrey Kolmogorov developed a theory of turbulence that has served as the basic foundation…
Researcher figures out how sharks manage to act like math geniuses

September 18, 2014

Great white shark at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico, August 2006. Credit: Terry Goss/Wikipedia Bioresearcher Andy Reynolds with Rothamsted Research…
New research ends decade-long physics debate about turbulence

March 25, 2014

Turbulence. The word often conjures feelings of bouncing back and forth in an airplane seat. You tighten your…
First-time measurements will advance turbulence models

February 13, 2014

Turbulent mixing has important consequences for supersonic engines, inertial confinement fusion reactions, and supernova explosions. In research featured…
Cosmic turbulences result in star and black hole formation

August 16, 2013

Just how stars and black holes in the Universe are able to form from rotating matter is one…
Greater safety in aviation – detecting turbulence in advance

August 16, 2013

Many aircraft passengers are familiar with the phenomenon; the sky is clear and blue, the aircraft is cruising…
Engineers gain insight into turbulence formation and evolution in fluids

August 1, 2013

Turbulence is all around us—in the patterns that natural gas makes as it swirls through a transcontinental pipeline…
Tiny ocean plants use turbulence for travel to social gatherings

July 16, 2013

Tiny ocean plants, or phytoplankton, were long thought to be passive drifters in the sea — unable to…
Tiny ocean plants use turbulence for travel to social gatherings

July 15, 2013

Tiny ocean plants, or phytoplankton, were long thought to be passive drifters in the sea — unable to…
Research helps to show how turbulence can occur without inertia

April 30, 2013

Anyone who has flown in an airplane knows about turbulence, or when the flow of a fluid—in this…
Images reveal flow in the aorta

April 25, 2013

With the help of a sound knowledge of fluid mechanics and the computational power of the Triolith supercomputer,…
Wind turbines operate under great turbulence, with consequences for grid stability

April 22, 2013

While previous research has shown that wind turbulence causes the power output of wind turbines to be intermittent,…
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