What we do
At the Turbulence Simulation and Modeling (TSM) Lab at Michigan State University, we understand the fundamentals of turbulence through large-scale, high-fidelity simulations and develop next-gen physics- or data-based predictive methods. Applications are in engineering and environmental problems that prove challenging for traditional predictive approaches.
Specifically, we are interested in complex, realistic wall-bounded turbulent flows, such as those with pressure gradients, unsteadiness, surface roughness, rotation, compressibility, multiple phases, etc.  One can find such flows in turbomachinery, vehicles, animal locomotions, rivers, the atmosphere, just to name a few. 
From left to right: 
Timur Aminov (former undergrad researcher), 
Dr. Mostafa Aghaei Jouybari (former PhD student). Current position: postdoc at the Johns Hopkins Univ.
Prof. Giles Brereton (Collaborator).
Sai Chaitanya Mangavelli (former PhD student). Current: Fisker Group Inc. 
Dr. Saurabh Pargal (former PhD student). Current: Applied technology technical specialist (acoustics) at Cummins Inc.
Dr. Guangchen Shen (former PhD student). Current: Cloud HPC engineer at Rescale.
Prof. Junlin Yuan (Director). 
About Prof. Yuan
Dr. Yuan is an associate professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University. She obtained both MS and PhD degrees (2015) in from Queen's University, Canada. She developed large-scale, high-fidelity numerical simulation methods of wall-bounded turbulent flows with complex boundary geometry. Her research goal is to push the boundaries of physical understandings of complex, realistic turbulence, and to develop physic-based and empirical closures for a wide range of applications. Topics include non-equilibrium turbulence, wall roughness, wall permeability, turbulence-induced noise, and fluid-structure interaction. Applications cover engineering, environmental and bio-locomotive topics. Her research group is funded by ONR, NSF and the industry.  She serves on proposal review panels and as reviewers for numerous journals. She is also actively involved in outreach program such as the High School Engineering Institute.

June 10, 2024 - Our paper on wall-pressure spectral model in non-equilibrium boundary layer is accepted by JFM.
Jun. 12, 2023 - Our paper on wall pressure spectrum modeling was presented in AIAA Aviation Forum.
Mar. 17, 2023 - Our paper on wall-pressure statistics in APG boundary layer is accepted by JFM.
Dec. 14, 2022 - Saurabh has successfully defended his theses. Congrats Dr. Pargal!
Dec. 10, 2022 - Our paper on compressible rough-wall turbulence is accepted by JFM! 
Oct. 16, 2022 - Sai's 2nd first-authored paper on rough-wall accelerating turbulence is accepted by Journal of Turbulence!
Jul. 22, 2022 - Guangchen's paper on bedform-induced flow exchange in a permeable-wall channel flow was presented in 12th International Symposium of Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena (TSFP-12). See video here.
Jul. 1, 2022 - Our paper on roughness modeling was presented in 34th Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics.
Apr. 6, 2022 - J Yuan is a co-PI of a $400k NSF grant, CC* Compute: The MSU Data Machine - a high-memory, GPU-enabled compute cluster for data-intensive and AI applications.
Mar. 17, 2022 - Guangchen has successfully defended his PhD thesis. Congrats Dr. Shen!
Mar. 4, 2022 - Guangchen was selected as the ME nominee for the 2021-22 Fitch H. Beach Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research!
Mar. 2, 2022 - Saurabh's paper on APG boundary layer is now published in PoF!
Oct. 15, 2021 - Guangchen received Spring 2022 Richard H. Brown Endowed Fellowship.
July 29, 2021 - Saurabh is awarded CFD Society of Canada Graduate Scholarship.
April 28, 2021 - Sai's first paper is accepted by JOT! 
Jan. 27, 2021 - Saurabh's first paper is accepted by JoT!
Nov. 13, 2020 - Mostafa's JFM paper has been accepted. Congrats!
Aug 4, 2020 - Brandon Phan presented his summer undergraduate research in the virtual MidSURE event at MSU. See his talk here.
May 4, 2020 - J Yuan is now the PI of a $490k NSF award on fluid-structure interaction in biomimetic undulatory swimming.
Feb 19, 2020 - Guangchen's paper on DNS of turbulence mixing across sediment-water interfaces was accepted by Journal of Fluid Mechanics. Congrats!
Dec 12, 2019 - Our paper on turbulent structure tensors on a wavy wall is published in Physics of Fluids as an Editor's-Choice paper.
Nov 01, 2019 - Mostafa's paper on turbulent structure on rough surfaces is accepted in Journal of Turbulence.
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