Professor Schwartzentruber utilizes particle simulation methods to model non-equilibrium and chemically reacting gas flows. Non-equilibrium flow occurs when the mean-free-path between molecular collisions in a gas is no longer negligible compared to length-scales of interest. Applications include high-altitude hypersonic aerothermodynamics, rocket-plume flows, gas-surface interactions, and at the other end of the scale, micro-electromechanical devices. Professor Schwartzentruber's research focuses on continued algorithm development of the direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) particle method. Research also focuses on molecular dynamics (MD) simulation in order to further develop gas-phase and gas-surface models used in DSMC. Finally, special focus is given to the development of multi-scale methods that combine both particle and continuum approaches to accurately and efficiently simulate non-equilibrium flows.
AEM 4203 -- Aerospace Propulsion
AEM 4295 -- Problems in Fluid Mechanics
AEM 5251 -- Computational Fluid Mechanics
AEM 8202 -- Fluid Mechanics II
AEM 8295 -- Selected Topics in Fluid Mechanics
Publications & Awards
Honors and Awards
2019: AIAA Associate Fellow
2015: Russel J. Penrose Faculty Fellowship
2015: AIAA Thermophysics Best Student Paper Award
2014: George Taylor Career Development Award
2010: AFOSR Young Investigators Research Program
2007: AIAA Orville & Wilbur Wright Graduate Award
2006: Distinguished Achievement in Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
2003: Donald Matheson Springer Fellowship, University of Toronto
2001: Elvie L. Smith Award (CASI, Pratt & Whitney)
2001: Best Student Paper Award (CASI)
Iain D. Boyd and Thomas E. Schwartzentruber, Nonequilibrium Gas Dynamics and Molecular Simulation, Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Jochen Marschall, Matthew MacLean, Paul E. Norman, and Thomas E. Schwartzentruber, Surface Chemistry in Non-Equilibrium Flows, In Hypersonic Nonequilibrium Flows: Fundamentals and Recent Advances, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2015.