From 2013-2019 FLIP was a non-traditional lab for fluid dynamics research and development, founded and directed by Dr. Graham Doig and based at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
Our team tackled problems using a wide range of experimental and numerical techniques, and if those didn’t exist we came up with new ones. FLIP also acted as a technology incubator and testing partner for Cal Poly's Prototype Vehicles Lab (PROVE Lab), and operated the Cal Poly Low Speed Wind Tunnel.
This site is no longer updated - you can find Dr. Doig at Canoo now.
More in the archive
March '18 Project Mobius solar plane achieves 1 hour flight milestone
August '17 Lauren Polo scores NASA "Virtual internship" to collaborate with Ames
September '17 Quantel Laser donates a PIV system to FLIP for cutting-edge automotive aerodynamic research
...and lots lots more on the FLIPblog for all the updates on projects, people, things and stuff.
Fly / Swim
FLIP researchers were 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 allowed our team to create bio-realistic models that helped 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 helped guide research into the potential effectiveness of this approach as a field technique. The work has been featured in international media (...more)
Numerical and experimental research into road vehicle aerodynamics included exploration of compressibility effects for racing cars, wing/wheel interactions, and explorations of advanced modelling techniques using machine learning.
The evolution of the analysis of real-world aerodynamic behavior led to some breakthrough work to shift the field out of the wind tunnel and into the full complexity of actual conditions (...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)
Dr. Doig advised literally hundreds of students at UNSW and Cal Poly over the years - here are the ones he worked most closely with on projects, and where they ended up (...more)