FLIP is a non-traditional lab for aerodynamics and hydrodynamics research and development, founded by Dr. Graham Doig and based at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
Our team tackles problems using a wide range of experimental and numerical techniques, and if those don’t exist we’ll come up with new ones. FLIP also acts as a technology incubator and testing partner for Cal Poly's Prototype Vehicles Lab (PROVE Lab), and operates the Cal Poly Low Speed Wind Tunnel.
In the archive
July '16 Jennings Aeronautics Test in the Cal Poly Low Speed Wind Tunnel
May '16 FLIP students head to NASA Ames Research Center for summer internships
January '16 James Keogh's Cornering Wind Tunnel turns heads at AIAA Scitech in San Diego
...and lots more here on the FLIPblog for regular updates on projects, people, things and stuff.
Fly / Swim
FLIP researchers are working on understanding the complex fluid dynamic effects induced by bird wing tip feather configurations and leopard seal flippers.
Use of 3d scanning and printing has allowed our team to create bio-realistic models that help us understand these features from an engineering perspective, as well as solving a few questions from the evolutionary biology point of view (...more)
Pioneering research into the interaction between shock waves and blast phenomena with laminar and turbulent flames has led to significant discoveries about how fires can be extinguished in the blink of an eye.
A combination of novel high-speed, density-based visualization and numerical modelling is helping guide research into the potential effectiveness of this approach as a field technique. The work has been featured in international media and is continuing at Cal Poly (...more)
Numerical and experimental research into road vehicle aerodynamics has included exploration of compressibility effects for racing cars, wing/wheel interactions, and explorations of appropriate modelling techniques.
Current focus lies in the accurate measurement and prediction of cornering effects, as well as continued work on wheel aerodynamics and boundary layer control in collaboration with Tesla Motors and Cal Poly PROVE Lab (...more).
Dr. Graham Doig
FLIP Director/founder and Assistant Professor in the Aerospace Department at California Polytechnic State University - Graham is an award-winning researcher and teacher (...more)
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