College of Engineering News: Banafsheh Seyed-Aghazadeh Wins $508,000 Research Fellowship | College of Engineering

The Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program award will provide Seyed-Aghazadeh with laboratory support for research in the area of ​​aerodynamics and fluid-structure interactions in flexible structures.


Banafsheh Seyed Aghazadeh, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UMass Dartmouth.

Banafsheh Seyed-Aghazadeh, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is the recipient of the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program (ONR YIP) award. The ONR YIP aims to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or equivalent tenure-track academic position, who have obtained their doctorate or equivalent degree within the past seven years, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.

According to their website, the goals of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members from institutions of higher learning to the Department of the Navy’s science and technology research program, support their research, and encourage their careers. teacher and researcher. The award of $508,936.00 over three years will provide Seyed-Aghazadeh with laboratory support for research in the area of ​​aerodynamics and fluid-structure interactions in flexible structures.

“Flow on high aspect ratio flexible wings, used in aircraft design, can be complex and highly three-dimensional (3D). Such a complex flow interacting with the flexible body of the wing can impose threads of stability on the aerodynamic performance of the aircraft,” says Seyed-Aghazadeh. “The objective of this project is to create experimental-numerical campaigns of fluid-structure interactions to characterize the flow-induced instability and the associated 3D flow physics of such flexible wings. The results of this project will leverage our understanding of the aerodynamic performance of flexible wings that can be implemented for the development of innovative and effective flow control strategies, which adversely affect aircraft performance and structural reliability.

The ONR YIP was only awarded to 32 early career faculties nationwide this year. In addition to receiving this award this year, she recently received the NSF CAREER Award. “I am honored that my group’s research activities have received such recognition through such a prestigious award. This award will provide significant support for my group’s innovative fundamental research into fundamental problems of fluid-structure interactions with anticipated impact on scientific research and the naval aviation community,” she says. Learn more about the Seyed-Aghazadeh Fluid-Structure Interactions Laboratory.
































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