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AIAA awards Best Paper to Schmidt and Sutton

Head shotSchmidtHead shotSuttonPost-doctoral Researcher Bryan Schmidt, PhD, and Professor Jeffrey Sutton were honored by the AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Technical Committee with the 2019 AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Best Paper award at the 2019 AIAA SciTech Forum.

The paper, titled “Evaluation of Wavelet-Based Optical Flow Velocimetry from OH Scalar Fields in Reacting Turbulent Flows,” was co-authored by Colin Towery, PhD, and Peter Hamlington, PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder.

The paper focuses on the group’s novel technique to estimate gas-phase velocity from experimentally acquired planar laser-induced fluorescence images of the hydroxyl radical in reacting flows. The most common method to measure velocity in flows has limitations, and the current paper presents a new method of measurement. According to Sutton, the technique holds substantial promise for determining velocity in ground-test facilities where it has been previously difficult to do.

A delegate from the group received a certificate of merit during the Excellence in Aerospace Awards Luncheon, held at the 2019 AIAA Aviation Forum in June at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

To further recognize the group’s work, the paper will receive a “Best Paper” designation on the Aerospace Research Central website; it will also be listed in the November 2019 print issue of Aerospace America and on the Aviation forum recognition webpage as an award winner.