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Partha Sarkar




Office: 1200 Howe Hall

Phone: 515-294-0719









Department: Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests: wind energy and engineering, aerodynamic/dynamic loads and response of wind turbines

Brief description of current research:

Partha Sarkar’s research interests are related to developing new analytical and experimental techniques that can be applied to aerodynamic problems of civil engineering and aerospace structures. It focuses on the structural and aerodynamics aspects of wind engineering and wind energy that spans across the following topics: wind-tunnel testing and full-scale testing of engineering structures; aerodynamics/aeroelasticity of flexible structures such as tall buildings, long-span bridges and wind turbine blades; basic fluid-structure interaction problems; laboratory simulation of unconventional wind – tornado, microburst, and gust front for wind load assessment; wind damage survey and prediction; computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and system identification applications; computer-aided structural analysis.

Recent publications:

Hu, H., Z. Yang, and P. Sarkar, 2011: Dynamic wind loads and wake characteristics of a wind turbine model in an atmospheric boundary layer wind. Experiments in Fluids, doi:10.1007/s00348-011-1253-5.

Zhang, W. and P. P. Sarkar, 2011: Near-ground tornado-like vortex structure resolved by particle image velocimetry (PIV). Experiments in Fluids, doi:10.1007/s00348-011-1229-5.

Thampi, H., V. Dayal, and P. Sarkar, 2011: Finite element analysis of interaction of tornados with a low-rise timber building. J. Wind. Eng. Ind. Aerodyn., 99, 369-377.

Chang, B., P. P. Sarkar, and B. M. Phares, 2010: A time-domain model for predicting aerodynamic loads on a slender support structures for fatigue design. J. Eng. Mech., ASCE, 136, 736-746.