Flow Physics Department

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INCAS has a very strong tradition in fluid mechanics, starting from the first institutional days of the Institute in the fifties. This expertise has been continuously upgraded based in major areas where INCAS could identify development potential and niche competences and world wide recognition.

In the current administrative structure of INCAS, flow physics department is based on dynamic units featuring state-of-the-art technology and outstanding scientific expertise

General Aerodynamics : - Unit dedicated to all areas related to traditional research in aerodynamics, from basic theoretical models to complex understanding of aerodynamic design of advanced flying vehicles for the Vision 2020 and FlightPath 2050.


Numerical Simulation : - Unit dedicated to most advanced numerical methods for complex industrial flows, including multifluid/multiphase non/reacting capabilities, implemented on TTT level high performance computing resources. Grid and Cloud computing is part of the latest technologies enabling complex simulations in aeronautics, including fluidic interactions, fluid-structure interactions and aeroacoustics.

Experimental aerodynamics : - Unit of special interest, where most advanced experimental facilities are operated, from the Subsonic Wind Tunnel (2.5mx2.0m test section, 110 m/s) up to Supersonic Wind Tunnel (1.2mx1.2m, Mach 0.1...3.5, MReynolds = 120), one of the most advanced facilities in the world. This unit has state-of-the-art technologies for advanced experiments, data acquisition systems and visualization, including latest developments in aeroacoustics and opto-electronics.

Environmental Aerodynamics : - Unit with a very dynamic development in the last years, taking advantage of the latest developments and investments in INCAS flying lab for atmospheric studies. Frontier reasearch in flow physics and chemistry is considered complementary to advanced validation for the large scale simulation models in meteorological studies.