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Our research interests lie in the broad field of experimental fluid mechanics spanning multiple length scales. We are particularly interested in problems related to unsteady hydro and aerodynamics, fluid-structure interaction, flow control, and turbulence.

Lately, we have also started to investigate problems in microfluidics for drug delivery. We mainly use advanced optical diagnostics, such as particle image velocimetry (PIV), particle tracking velocimetry (PTV) for investigating these flows.

We often utilize numerical computation (using commercial codes) to get more insights on problems when experimentation is prohibitive.

Our research is skewed towards understanding the fundamental physics of flows in a broad range of length scales. We investigate problems that have a wide range of practical applications across different fields.



Hydrodynamics Hydroelasticity

flow control

Microfluidics for drug delivery

Principal Investigator

Samik Bhattacharya, Ph.D.

Samik Bhattacharya received his B.Tech. from the National Institute of Technology in Warangal, India, in 2005. He received his M.S. in aerospace engineering from Auburn University in 2009, and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2013. His doctoral research focused on the three-dimensional wake control of circular cylinders with the help of segmented plasma actuators. His postdoctoral work at Queen’s University focused on unsteady fluid dynamics. He is currently working as an assistant professor at UCF. He is also a part of the Center for Advanced Turbine and Energy Research at UCF.

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