Sean's Research


Hypersonics is our group’s main area of research.  Our school Website gives some more details about what I and my colleagues do in this area.

My research in hypersonics involves the application of laser-based diagnostics to four main areas of interest:

  • Low-density hypersonic flow in the transition region between rarefied and continuum flow
  • Hypersonic separated flow for atmospheric entry problems
  • High-speed fuel ignition
  • Thermal nonequilibrium measurements in hypersonic flow

In the area of separated flow, we are currently collaborating with colleagues from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the University of Minnesota comparing our experimental velocity and temperature measurements in low-density hypersonic separated flow with Navier-Stokes and Direct Simulation Monte Carlo Models.