Low Speed Fluid Dynamics & Aerodynamics

Professor Breidenthal's interests includes the effects of acceleration, compressibility, confinement, rotation, stationarity, and stratification on turbulent entrainment. Often, the results are highly counter intuitive. For example, adding strong, stationary vortices to a turbulent boundary layer results in at least partial relaminarization. Rapid acceleration of the rotation rate of a turbulent vortex reduces its dimensionless entrainment rate (except for Rayleigh-Taylor flows).