Dr. Donald Rockwell
Paul B. Reinhold Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
354 Packard Laboratory, 19 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: (610) 758-4107
Fax: (610) 758-4041
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Bucknell University, 1964
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, 1965
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, 1968
Group Research Leader, Diamond Laboratories, Washington, D.C., 1968-70
Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, 1970- 1987
Guest Professor, University of Karlsruhe, 1974-82
Paul B. Reinhold Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Lehigh University, 1988-1996
Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (Germany), 1974-1976
Overseas Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University (elected 1981)
Eleanor and Joseph Libsch Research Award, Lehigh University, 1989
Fellow of American Physical Society, 1993
Fellowship Committee and Fluid Dynamics Prize Committee, American Physical Society, 1996-97
Donald Rockwell is the Paul B. Reinhold Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His major research interests are focused on: physics of complex flows and their interaction with structures, using a range of experimental techniques; and development and implementation of new techniques of quantitative imaging of flow patterns, including image processing and evaluation. His research contributions have been in the areas of unsteady wakes, vortex interactions with bodies, laser illumination and image acquisition techniques, and methods for image evaluation.
Upon receiving his Ph.D. in 1968, Dr. Rockwell led a research group at Diamond Laboratories in Washington, D. C., where he also served as Program Manager for research grants at four universities. He returned to Lehigh University in 1970, and since then, has spent a total of four years abroad in Germany and England, engaged in research and lecturing at a number of universities. He was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the University of Karlsruhe and elected an Overseas Fellow of Churchill College at Cambridge University. This international involvement led to establishment of an extensive collaboration between Lehigh University and the University of Karlsruhe, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.
During the past two decades, Dr. Rockwell has received long-range funding from NSF, ONR, AFOSR, and the Volkswagen Foundation of Germany. He is currently supported by the NSF Grant "Vortex-Body Interactions". His experimental advances in recent years have benefitted substantially from the NSF instrumentation grant "Particle Image Velocimeter". Additional funding agencies for his research include NASA-Lewis and Langley Research Centers, Pratt and Whitney, and Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. During the past year, he has supervised six Ph.D. students, four M.S. students and three visiting scientists.
Dr. Rockwell has substantial editorial responsibilities for three archival journals. He is one of two American editors, in collaboration with editors from Germany and England, of Experiments in Fluids, is a founding member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Fluids and Structures, and serves on the Editorial Board of Progress in Aerospace Sciences.
In recognition of his research accomplishments, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1993. He has recently given Invited Lectures at meetings of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the International Association of Hydraulic Research, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society.
B. Five Publications Closely Related to the Proposed Project:
J.-C. Lin, P. Vorobieff and D. Rockwell 1996 "Space-Time Imaging of a Turbulent Near- Wake by High-Image-Density Particle Image Cinematography", Physics of Fluids, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 555-564.
J.-C. Lin and D. Rockwell 1995 "Evolution of a Quasi-Steady Breaking Wave", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 302, pp. 29-43.
C.-K. Chyu and D. Rockwell 1996 "Near-Wake Structure of an Oscillating Cylinder: Effect of Controlled Kelvin-Helmholtz Vortices", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 322, pp. 21- 49.
C. K. Chyu and D. Rockwell 1996 "Evolution of Patterns of Streamwise Vorticity in the Turbulent Near-Wake of a Cylinder", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 320, pp. 117-137.
J. Sheridan, J.-C. Lin and D. Rockwell 1997 "Flow Past a Cylinder Close to a Free-Surface", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, in press.
Five Other Significant Publications
M. Brede, H. Eckelmann and D. Rockwell 1996 "On Secondary Vortices in the Cylinder Wake", Physics of Fluids, Vol. 8, No. 8, pp. 2117-2124.
J.-C. Lin, J. Sheridan and D. Rockwell 1996 "Near-Wake of a Perturbed, Horizontal Cylinder at a Free-Surface", Physics of Fluids, Vol. 8, No. 8, pp. 2107-2116.
P. Vorobieff and D. Rockwell 1996 "Wavelet Filtering for Topological Decomposition of Flowfields", International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology, Vol. 7, pp. 211- 214.
J. C. Lin and D. Rockwell 1994 "Cinematographic System for High-Image-Density Particle Image Velocimetry", Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 17, pp. 110-118.
E. Naudascher and D. Rockwell 1994 Flow-Induced Vibrations: An Engineering Guide, (book), Balkema Press, Rotterdam, April.
C. Collaborators (during the last 48, other than on the publication list and associated with this proposal)
Weikai Gu, Eduard Naudascher, John Sheridan, Mehmet Unal
D. Total graduate students supervised: 42
In the last five years: Ozgur Akin, Oksan Cetiner, Chao-Kun Chyu, Kimberly Cipolla, Timothy Corcoran, Keith Downes, Matthew Gaydon, Ismet Gursul, Seok-Hwan Han, Rhett Jefferies, Semmi Konak, Barry Lazos, Ahmed Lotfy, Charles Magness, Frank Nuzzi, Peter Oshkai, Kevin Parmenter, Nonglak Phetkong, Levent Takmaz, Joseph Towfighi, Peter Vorobieff, Stephen Wolfe, Qing Zhu
Total postdoctoral students and scholars supervised: 9
In the last five years: Suat Canbazoglu, Weikai Gu, Jung-Chang Lin, Masami Nakano, Satoru Okamoto, Olivier Robinson,
E. Graduate Advisor: J. A. Owczarek
F. Recent Ph.D. and M.S. Thesis and/or Projects Supervised:
(contact the department for a copy of the following)
2008 - Philip Breneman, PhD Thesis, "Attenuation of Self-Sustained Oscillations of Flow Past Slotted and Perforated Plates by a Cavity"
2008 - Myonghyon Han, MS Thesis, "Sound Reduction by a Helmholtz Resonator"
2007 - Jason Foust, PhD Thesis, "Flow Structure Associated with Generic Configurations of Hemodialysis Catheters"
2007 - Mehmet Kosoglu, MS Thesis, "Flow Structure Along a 1303 Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle"
2007 - Mehmet Metin Yavuz, PhD Thesis, "Origin and Control of the Flow Structure and Topology on Delta Wings"
2006 - Alis Ekmekci, PhD Thesis, "Control of the Near-Wake of a Circular Cylinder; Effects of Surface Disturbances"
2006 - Philip Breneman, MS Thesis, "Vortex Generators As A Means To Attenuate Self-Sustained Oscillations Of Flow Over A Cavity"
2006 - Fricker, Zachary, MS Thesis, "Pressure Drop Along Generic Hemodialysis Catheters"
2006 - Tunc Goruney, MS Thesis, "Time Evolution of Surface Topology and Flow Structure on Delta Wing of Moderate Sweep Angle"
2006 - Emine Celik, PhD Thesis, "Oscillations of Flow Past a Perforated Plate: Flow Physics and Suppression Techniques"
2006 - Mehmet Metin Yavuz, PhD Thesis, "Origin and Control of the Flow Structure and Topology on Delta Wings"
2005 - Ahmet Cagri Sever, PhD Thesis, "Self-Excited Oscillations Due to Flow Past Slotted Plate Configuration"
2005 - Yingchen Yang, PhD Thesis, "Generation of Tones Due to Grazing Shear Flow Past a Deep Cavity"
2004 - Michel Elkhoury, PhD Thesis, "Aerodynamics of Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles: Flow Structure and Control"
2004 - Haojun Fu, PhD Thesis, "Shallow Flow Vortex Formation and Control"
2004 - Jason Foust, MS Thesis, "Blood Flow Simulation Past a Catheter Positioned in the SVC-IVC-RA Junction: Steady and Unsteady Flow Considerations"
2003 - Nattapong Saelim, PhD Thesis, "Flow Past a Cylinder: Effect of Surface Modification on Structure of the Near-Wake"
2003 - Mehmet Metin Yavuz, MS Thesis, "Surface Topology and Flow Structure on a Delta Wing with Low Sweep Angle"
2003 - Christopher J. Vincent, MS Thesis, "Quet Wind Tunnel Design"
2003 - Emine Celek, MS Thesis, "Shear Layer Oscillation Along a Perforated Surface: A Self-Excited Large-Scale Instability"