Joseph W. Nichols

Joseph Nichols

Joseph W. Nichols

Associate Professor,
Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

Contact

Akerman Hall
Rm 220
110 Union Street SE

Minneapolis,

MN

55455

Education

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, 2005

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, 2001

B.S., Computer Engineering, Pacific Lutheran University, 1999

B.S., Computer Science, Pacific Lutheran University, 1999

Undergraduate Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995-1997

Professional Background

Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2019-Present

Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2013-2019

Consultant, Cascade Technologies, Inc., 2012-2013

Research Associate, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, 2011-2013

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, 2009-2011

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Laboratoire d'Hydrodynamique (LadHyX), Ecole Polytechnique, 2006-2008

Pre-Doctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Washington, 2001-2005

Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Washington, 2001

Systems Administrator, University of Washington, 1999-2001

Programmer, Engineered Software, Inc., Summer 1998, 1999, 2001

Research Interests

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Professor Nichols’ current interests are in the areas of aeroacoustics of high-speed jets and the stability and sensitivity analysis of hypersonic flows.  He has performed some of the largest Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations in the world, involving massively parallel high-fidelity Large Eddy Simulation of tactical aircraft engine exhausts, running on more than a million computer processors simultaneously.  He recently was awarded an INCITE grant of computational resources at the DoE Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.  He is currently developing novel and scalable stability and transition analysis tools for hypersonic flow over complex geometry. 

Teaching Subjects
AEM 2011 -- Statics
AEM 4201 -- Fluid Mechanics
AEM 8202 -- Fluid Mechanics II
AEM 8207 -- Hydrodynamic Stability
Currently Teaching Courses
AEM 4201 -- Fluid Mechanics
AEM 4253/5253 -- Computational Fluid Mechanics
Honors and Awards

INCITE grant of computational resources, DoE Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, 2018

Louis and Katherine Marsh Memorial Fellowship, University of Washington, 2002

Osberg Fellowship Nomination, University of Washington, 2001

Selected Publications

Cook, D.A., Thome, J.S., Brock, J.M., Nichols, J.W., Candler, G.V. , 2018, Understanding effects of nose-cone bluntness on hypersonic boundary layer transition using input-output analysisAIAA Paper , (Journal Article) 

GS, S., Dwivedi, A., Candler, G. & Nichols, J.W., 2018, Onset of three dimensionality in supersonic flow over a slender double wedgePhysical Review Fluids, (Journal Article) 

Dwivedi, A., GS, S., Nichols, J.W., Candler G. & Jovanovic, M. R. , 2018, Instabilities in hypersonic compression ramp flow: an input-output approach, (Journal Article)

Jeun, J. & Nichols, J.W., 2018, Input-output analysis of Mach 0.9 jet noise, (Journal Article)

Nichols, J.W., 2018, Input/output analysis of F and S mode synchronization in hypersonic boundary layers, (Journal Article) 

 

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