Computational Thermophysics and Fluids Laboratory

Welcome to the Computational Thermophysics and Fluids Laboratory (CTFL). Our lab works with multi-scale, multi-physics methods to solve major challenges at the nexus of fluid dynamics, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and material science. We address critical needs of space exploration, planetary protection (asteroid protection, energy, environment), and national defense. We are an integral part of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Kentucky.

The Computational Thermophysics and Fluids Laboratory (CTFL) provides a

  • Dynamic work environment to pursue research at the forefront of cutting-edge research.
  • Avenue to publish scholarly work in top-tier international journals.
  • Opportunities for career development through internships,, conferences, and professional development activities.
  • Strong collaborative inter-disciplinary research projects supported by NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy.
  • Dedicated time for self-exploratory research for personal growth.

A key objective of the lab is to prepare the members to be leaders in their field. Group members have opportunities to build a professional network through conferences, internship opportunities at NASA, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), other national labs, and industries. They will also work in multi-disciplinary collaborative projects that solve current needs at NASA, Air Force, Navy allowing opportunities to directly work with scientists and engineers at these agencies.