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Mike Kinzel

Michael Kinzel

Associate Professor

Phone: 407-823-4846
Office: ENG I, Room 353

Office Hours: Mondays, 1:15-4:15 p.m., Thursdays, 12-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.

Michael Kinzel is an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCF. He holds a doctoral degree and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Penn State University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Northern Arizona University. Kinzel’s research spans basic and applied research for multiphase fluid flows and aero/hydrodynamics using computational fluid dynamics. His experience spans a wide range of applications including: aircraft (V/STOL, ice accretion), wind turbines, marine vehicles, atmospheric flows, chemical reactors, nuclear waste processing, food processing, biomedical and acoustics.

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Multiphase flow
  • Heat transfer
  • Fluid dynamics
  • A Foster and M Kinzel, “Estimating COVID-19 exposure in a classroom setting: A comparison between mathematical and numerical models”, Physics of Fluids (, 2021),
  • M Hartig, C Stephens, A Foster, D. Fontes, M. Kinzel and F. Garcia-Godoy, “Stopping the COVID-19 pandemic in dental offices: A review of SARS-CoV-2 transmission and cross-infection prevention”, Experimental … (, 2021),
  • J Reyes, D Fontes, A Bazzi, M Otero, K Ahmed and M Kinzel., “Effect of saliva fluid properties on pathogen transmissibility”, Scientific Reports (, 2021),
  • MP Kinzel, JW Lindau and RF Kunz, “Gas entrainment from gaseous supercavities: Insight based on numerical simulation”, Ocean Engineering (Elsevier, 2021),
  • RD Lorenz, S Schmitz and M Kinzel, “Prediction of aerodynamically-triggered condensation: Application to the Dragonfly rotorcraft in Titan’s atmosphere”, Aerospace Science and Technology (Elsevier, 2021),
  • JJ Esplin, BJ Kim, MP Kinzel and RL Culver, “Measurement and quantification of acoustic bulk cavitation extent”, Experiments in Fluids (Springer, 2021),
  • G Loubimov and M Kinzel, “A novel approach to calculating induced drag from computational fluid dynamics”, AIP Advances (, 2021),
  • Douglas Fontes, Jonathan Reyes, Kareem Ahmed and Michael P Kinzel, 2020, “A study of fluid dynamics and human physiology factors driving droplet dispersion from a human sneeze,” Physics of Fluids, 32(11).
  • Cornelius, JK, Schmitz, S, & Kinzel, MP (2020). Efficient computational fluid dynamics approach for coaxial rotor simulations in hover. Journal of Aircraft,,
  • Cole, JA, Maughmer, MD, Bramesfeld, G, Melville, M, & M. Kinzel (2020). Unsteady Lift Prediction with a Higher-Order Potential Flow Method. Aerospace,,
  • Hanson, DR, Kinzel, MP, & McClain, ST (2019). Validation of the discrete element roughness method for predicting heat transfer on rough surfaces. … Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Elsevier,
  • Kinzel, MP, Lindau, JW, & Kunz, RF (2019). An assessment of computational fluid dynamics cavitation models using bubble growth theory and bubble transport modeling. Journal of Fluids …,,
  • Cole, JA, Maughmer, MD, Kinzel, M, & Bramesfeld, G (2019). Higher-order free-wake method for propeller–wing systems. Journal of Aircraft,,
  • Thedin, R, Kinzel, MP, Horn, JF, & Schmitz, S (2019). Coupled simulations of atmospheric turbulence-modified ship airwakes and helicopter flight dynamics. Journal of Aircraft,,
  • Hanson, DR, & Kinzel, MP (2019). Evaluation of a subgrid-scale computational fluid dynamics model for ice roughness. Journal of Aircraft,,
  • Fronzeo, MA, Kinzel, M, & Lindau, JW (2019). An assessment of pressure variations in artificially ventilated cavities. Ocean Engineering, Elsevier,
  • Kakuturu, S, M Xiao, and M Kinzel, 2019., “Effects of Maximum Particle Size on the Results of Hydrometer Tests on Soils” ed. William J Likos., Geotechnical Testing Journal 42(4): 945–65.
  • Thedin, Regis, Michael P Kinzel, Joseph F Horn, and Sven Schmitz, 2018., “Coupled Simulations of Atmospheric Turbulence-Modified Ship Airwakes and Helicopter Flight Dynamics.”, Journal of Aircraft 56(2): 812–24.
  • Thedin, Regis; Kinzel, Michael P.; Schmitz, Sven, 2018., “An Evaluation of the Effects of Resolved Shear-Driven Atmospheric Turbulence on Ship Airwakes.”, Journal of the American Helicopter Society 63(2): 1-16(16).
  • Kinzel, Michael P, Jules W Lindau, and Robert F Kunz, 2018., “A Multiphase Level-Set Approach for All-Mach Numbers.”, Computers & Fluids 167: 1–16.
  • Chang, Oliver, Michael Kinzel, Robert Dilmore, and John Yilin Wang, 2018., “Physics of Proppant Transport Through Hydraulic Fracture Network.”, Journal of Energy Resources Technology.
  • Cheng, Baofeng, Yiqiang Han, Kenneth S. Brentner, Jose Palacios, Philip J. Morris, David Hanson, and Michael Kinzel, 2018., “Surface Roughness Effect on Rotor Broadband Noise.”, International Journal of Aeroacoustics.
  • Kinzel, Michael P., Michael H. Krane, Ivan N. Kirschner, and Michael J. Moeny, 2017., “A Numerical Assessment of the Interaction of a Supercavitating Flow with a Gas Jet.”, Ocean Engineering 136: 304–13.
  • Skidmore, Grant M, Jules W Lindau, Timothy A Brungart, Michael J Moeny, and Michael P Kinzel, 2017., “Finite Volume, Computational Fluid Dynamics-Based Investigation of Supercavity Pulsations.”, Journal of Fluids Engineering 139(9): 91301–10.
  • Esplin, James James, Benjamin J. Kim, Michael P. Kinzel, and R. L. Culver, 2016., “Bulk Cavitation Extent Modeling: An Energy-Based Approach.”, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 140(4): 196.
  • Balu, Asish, Michael P Kinzel, and Scott T Miller, 2016., “A Singularity Handling Approach for the Rayleigh-Plesset Equation.”, International Journal of Numerical Methods and Applications 15(2): 151.
  • Kinzel, Michael P, Leonard Joel Peltier, Brigette Rosendall, Mallory Elbert, Andri Rizhakov, Jonathan Berkoe, and Kelly Knight, 2015., “A Model Constraint for Polydisperse Solids in Multifluid Flows.”, Journal of Fluids Engineering 137(11): 111104.
  • Palacios, Jose, Michael Kinzel, Austin Overmeyer, and Joseph Szefi, 2014., “Active Gurney Flaps: Their Application in a Rotor Blade Centrifugal Field.”, Journal of Aircraft 51(2): 473–89.
  • Kinzel, Michael P, Mark D Maughmer, and Earl P N. Duque, 2010., “Numerical Investigation on the Aerodynamics of Oscillating Airfoils with Deployable Gurney Flaps.”, AIAA Journal 48(7): 1457–69.
  • Kinzel, Michael P, Mark D Maugshmer, and George A Lesieutre, 2007., “Miniature Trailing-Edge Effectors for Rotorcraft Performance Enhancement.”, Journal of the American Helicopter Society 52(2): 146–58.
  • NAWCAD Commander’s Award (NAVAIR) in support of Advanced Arresting Gear Water Twister, 2017
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Physical Society
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • EAS 3101: Fundamentals of Aerodynamics