Computational Fluid Mechanics

We are developing and applying computational methods for fluid/thermal, structural and molecular dynamics.

A number of our faculty perform research in the computational modeling of mechanical engineering systems for discovery and design. These systems are characterized by complex physics and attendant numerical methods in the disciplines of fluid dynamics (e.g., multiphase flows, aerodynamics), heat transfer (e.g., propulsion, boiling), structural mechanics (soft tissue, many-body dynamics), and molecular dynamics (interfaces, materials).

A common element of these research activities is the use of Penn State’s modern high performance computing resources. Broad industry and government research sponsorship engages our students and faculty in state-of-the-technology development and application of new algorithms and constitutive models, including multi-scale (i.e., molecular-micro-macro) and multi-disciplinary (i.e., flow-structure-biology-controls) coupling.

Computational Reacting Flows Lab

Computational Reacting Flows Lab
Yuan Xuan

Fluid Dynamics Research Consortium

fluid dynamics reseach consortium
Robert Kunz, Laura Pauley

Flow Physics and Computational Research Lab

Rau Lab
Xiang Yang

Interfacial Phenomena Lab

Intelligent Vehicles and Systems Group Image
Bladimir Ramos-Alvarado

Penn State Computational Biomechanics Group

Computational Biomechanics
Reuben Kraft



With more than 60 faculty members, 330 graduate students, and 800 undergraduate students, the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering embraces a culture that welcomes individuals with a diversity of backgrounds and expertise. Our faculty and students are innovating today what will impact tomorrow’s solutions to meeting our energy needs, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems. We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S.) graduate degrees in mechanical engineering. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at

Department of Mechanical Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519