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Laboratory for the Study of Non-equilibrium Flows

About the Laboratory

This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).

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Name of the Institution of Higher Learning:
Novosibirsk National Research State University

Fields of scientific research:
Mechanical Engineering

Project goal:
To create a basis for the development of revolutionary aerospace technologies by conducting a series of unique research experiments in the field of mechanics and engineering.

Project objectives: 
To conduct complex theoretical, computational, and experimental research entailing the following:
- digital and experimental research of physical phenomena in non-equilibrium flows;
- development of effective means of computer-assisted modelling of non-equilibrium gas flows;
- testing of new methods of experimental research of non-equilibrium flows using new generation diagnostic equipment;
- research of the aerothermodynamics of space vehicles and gas dynamics of miniature jet engines;
- development of molecular models for description of collision processes within chemically interacting flows;
- investigation of distribution and interaction of impact and detonation waves at microscales;
- digital and experimental investigation of flow stability and laminar-turbulent transition at hypersonic speeds, as well as investigation of flow control possibilities using porous coatings and local heating will enable the project team to determine the fundamental physical laws for the following:
• Traditional and advanced jet propulsion technologies, including chemical and electrical rocket engines;
• Gas and multiphase currents in microscale devices and microscale nozzles;
• Aerothermodynamics of promising space vehicles;
• Development of instability and laminar-turbulent transition in hypersonic flows and investigation of applied aerothermodynamic problems within these areas.

Anticipated results of the project: 

The project will help obtain digital and experimental data about the parameters of non-equilibrium flows in nozzles and streams, determine the fundamental mechanisms controlling distribution of impact and detonation waves at microscales, and examine the impact of viscosity and thermal loss on efficiency of microscale nozzles.
The project will help determine the aerothermodynamic parameters of various space vehicles operating within a broad range of altitudes and examine possibilities for control over laminar-turbulent transition using porous sound-absorbing coatings and local heating of surfaces.
The project team will put together recommendations on possible methods of deferring laminar-turbulent transition in practical conditions.
The project will help obtain information on how real gas affects the process of generation and development of excitations within a viscous shock layer on a plate, as well as investigate possibilities for exercising control over development of excitations.

Leading scientist


Leading scientist's full name: Gimelshein, Sergei Feliksovich

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Academic degree and title:
Doctor of Phisical and Mathematical Sciences, Associate Professor, Researcher

Job title:
Associate Professor at University of South California

Fields of scientific interests:
Molecular gas dynamics; physics of non-equilibrium flows.

Academic recognition: 
The leading scientist made an important contribution to the development of digital methods of non-equilibrium gas dynamics, as well as a broad spectrum of fundamental and applied problems using the previously developed methods.
He conducted fundamental research of the nature of radiometric forces and their applications in microelectromechanic systems and propulsion engines. He was the first to experimentally confirm negative thermophoresis. He was the first to conduct kinetic research of rocket engines operating on the basis of inverted magnetic field. He was the first to conduct numerical research demonstrating how linear non-equilibrium affects laminar-turbulent transition.
He designed a kinetic multiphase computation system for high-precision modeling of solid propellant boosters.
He designed:
- Euler-Lagrange approach to the modeling of nucleation and condensation processes;
- Non-exciting flow diagnostics method that uses light dispersion in gas density excitations caused by optical gas capture;
- Propulsion generation method in microscale jet engines based on interaction of optical grid and gas molecules in a microscale nozzle;
- Collision modules for the SMILE software complex;
- Models of various chemical and energy processes within the direct statistical modeling method.

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