Research

Low Speed Fluid Dynamics & Aerodynamics

Professor Breidenthal interests explores 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).