Thurow receives Defense University Research Instrumentation Program Award

Published: May 2, 2008 9:04:00 AM
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Brian Thurow

Brian Thurow

Brian Thurow, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, has received a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award of approximately $90,000. The award will be used to upgrade a unique, high-speed laser system housed in the Advanced Laser Diagnostics Laboratory (ALDL), and purchase a new laser and camera system to enable flow velocity measurements using a technique called particle image velocimetry.

"I am honored to receive this award and excited to incorporate this new equipment in the laboratory," said Thurow. "The upgraded laser and new laser-camera system will facilitate the development of novel 3-D flow diagnostics, enabling ALDL researchers to investigate the 3-D physics of turbulent flows."

Thurow's proposal, entitled "High-Speed, Three-Dimensional Diagnostics for High Reynolds Number Flow Fields," is being supported by the Army Research Office. Each award is the result of a merit competition for DURIP funding conducted by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research and Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

DURIP supports the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that supplements current or develops new university capabilities to perform cutting-edge defense research. DURIP meets a critical need by enabling university researchers to purchase scientific equipment costing $50,000 or more to conduct Department of Defense-relevant research, including research related to information technology; remote sensing; propulsion, electronics and electro-optics; advanced materials and ocean science; and engineering. The research offices collectively received more than 800 proposals requesting $224 million in support for research equipment.

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