Dr. Gary Flandro
Boiling Chair of Excellence in Space Propulsion

gary flandro
Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1967


Dr. Flandro is the first professor to fill the million-dollar Edward J. and Carolyn P. Boling Chair of Excellence in Space Propulsion at UTSI. His research interests include acoustics, aerodynamics, rocket propulsion, flight mechanics and performance, hypersonic aerodynamics, propulsion, and vehicle design. He is the discoverer of the multi-planet "Grand Tour" mission opportunity that utilized gravity assist of the space craft (ultimately the Voyager) to explore the four major outer planets of the solar system.

Research projects include application of computational fluid dynamics methods in solid rocket motor design, nonlinear combustion instability, effects of vorticity transport in unsteady rocket flows, effects of hypersonic vehicle flight attitude on scramjet thrust vector, flow-driven pressure oscillations in large segmented rockets, and dynamics of slag motion in spinning combustion chambers.

Planned research includes: application of hybrid low- thrust systems for manned interplanetary space flight, development of efficient, low-cost hybrid rocket motor thrust chambers, flame zone physicochemistry in solid rocket instability, predictive algorithm for nonlinear rocket instability, and effects of vehicle flexibility on hypersonic vehicle integrated propulsion system performance.

Research Topics
Nonlinear Combustion Instability
Effects of Vorticity Transport in unsteady rocket flows
Effects of hypersonic vehicle flight altitude on scramjet thrust vector
Flow-driven pressure oscillations in large segmented rockets
Dynamics of slag motion in spinning combustion chambers
                    
   
Planned Research Topics
Application of hybrid low-thrust systems for manned interplanetary space flight
Development of efficient, low-cost hybrid rocket motor thrust chamber
Flame zone physicochemistry in solid rocket instability
Predictive algorithm for nonlinear rocket instability
Effects of vehicle flexibility on hypersonic vehicle integrated propulsion system performance

Courses Taught
Compressible Flow I
Compressible Flow II
Hypersonic Propulsion
Hypersonic Aerothermodynamics
Dynamics
Aerospace Mechanics
Vibrations
Rocket Propulsion I
Rocket Propulsion II
Nonlinear Interactions
Quaternions
Combustion
Combustion Instability

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Contact Information
Email:   gflandro@utsi.edu
Phone:  931-393-7217
Fax:      931-393-7333
Address:   
411 B.H. Goethert Parkway
MS 23
Tullahoma, TN 37388-9700  
Current Students
Eric Jacob
Lutz Blaette
Tina Rice


Past Students
Mark Olles
Steve Stasko
Sean Fischbach