Dr. Thomas Corke

Summary of Activities/Interests

Dr. Corke joined the University of Notre Dame in 1999 and is the Clark Chair Professor of Engineering. He is the Founding Director of the Notre Dame Center for Flow Physics and Control (FlowPAC), and the Director of the Notre Dame Hessert Laboratory for Aerospace Research. His research experience is unusually diverse. It ranges from hydrodynamic stability and transition to turbulence, to fully turbulent flows. It involves an equally diverse range of flow fields including boundary layers, wakes, and jets. This has been applied to an exceedingly broad range of applications including aerodynamic performance enhancement, flight control, the internal flow of gas-turbine engines, acoustic noise control, and wind flows around buildings and structures. He has extensive experimental experience over the full range of Mach numbers from incompressible to hypersonic. His research also includes computational fluid dynamics especially with regard to acoustic receptivity, and in support of his pioneering research on Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) plasma actuators. His research has made him a highly sought speaker for specialist conferences and by industry.


PhD - Illinois Institute of Technology 1981

Selected Publications

Design of Aircraft, by T.C. Corke, Prentice-Hall Publishers, 2002.

Corke, T., Jumper, E. Post, M. and Orlov, D. 2002. "Application of Weakly-Ionized Plasmas as Wing Flow-Control Devices." AIAA 2002-0350. Submitted to AIAA J.

Corke, T., Cavalieri, D. and Matlis, E. 2002. "Boundary Layer Instability on sharp cone at Mach 3.5 with controlled input," AIAA J., 40, 5, p. 1015.

Erturk, E. and Corke, T. C. 2001. "Boundary Layer Leading Edge Receptivity to Sound at Incidence Angles. J. Fluid Mech., 444, pp. 383-407.

Wanderley, J. and Corke, T. C. 2001. "Boundary Layer Receptivity to Free Stream Sound on Elliptic Leading Edges of Flat Plates," J. Fluid Mech., 429, pp. 1-21.

Haddad, O. and Corke, T. C. 1998. "Boundary Layer Receptivity to Freestream Sound on Parabolic Bodies." J. Fluid Mech., 368 1-16.

Corke, T. C. and Knasiak, K. 1998. "Stationary-Traveling Cross-Flow Mode Interactions on a Rotating Disk," J. Fluid Mech., 355, 285-315.






Dr. Robert Nelson

Summary of Activities/Interests

Applied Aerodynamics

Flight Stability & Control

Aircraft Wake Dynamics

Wind Turbine Control





Ph.D. - Pennsylvania State University, 1974

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 1966

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1964


Dr. Nelson conducts his research at the Hessert Laboratory for Aerospace Research.


Nikolic, V.R., Jumper, E.J., and Nelson, R.C., "Modified, Discrete-Vortex Method for Studying the Effect of Wing Loading on Wake Dynamics," Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 33, No. 1, January -February 1996.

Arena, Jr., A.S., Nelson, R.C., and Schiff, L.B., "Directional Control at High Angles of Attack Using Pneumatic Blowing Through a Chined Forebody," Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 32, No. 3, pp. 596-602, May-June 1995.

Grismer, D.S., Nelson, R.C., and Ely, W.L., "The Influence of Sideslip on Double Delta Wing Aerodynamics," Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 451-453, March-April 1995.

Arena, Jr., A.S., Nelson, R.C., "Measurement of Unsteady Surface Pressure on a Slender Wing Undergoing a Self-Induced Oscillation," Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 16, No. 6, pp. 414-416, 1994.

Arena, Jr., A.S., Nelson, R.C., "Experimental Investigations on Limit Cycle Wing Rock of Slender Wings," Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 31, No. 5, pp. 1148-1155, Sept.-Oct. 1994.