Eugene Higgins Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Director, Gasdynamics Laboratory
Professorial Fellow, Monash University
Fellow of the American Physical Society
Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics
Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Fellow of the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Member of the National Academy of Engineering
Dr. Smits’s research interests are centered on fundamental, experimental research in turbulence and fluid mechanics. Particular aspects include Reynolds numbers scaling of turbulent flows, the effects of roughness; bio-inspired propulsion; drag reduction using liquid-infused porous surfaces; the behavior of turbulent flows at supersonic and hypersonic speeds; the response of boundary layers to extra strain rates and other strong perturbations; shock¬wave/turbulent boundary layer interactions; vertical axis wind turbine aerodynamics; sports ball aerodynamics, and the development of new and improved measurement techniques.
He is the co-author (with J.P. Dussauge of IRPHE in Marseille, France) of “Turbulent Shear Layers in Compressible Flow,” Springer-Verlag, 1996 (2nd edition, 2005), author of “A Physical Introduction to Fluid Mechanics,” John Wiley & Sons, 2000, and co-editor (with T.T. Lim of the National University, Singapore) of “Flow Visualization: Techniques and Examples,” Imperial College Press, 2000 (2nd edition, 2011), as well as the author or co-author of more than 300 journal articles and papers in conference proceedings. He holds two patents on testing the aerodynamics of golf balls, and three patents on using femtosecond lasers in eye surgery and tattoo removal.
Dr. Smits received the Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in 2014, and an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from University of Melbourne in Australia, in 2011. In 2009, he received the Médaille de la Ville de Marseille, La Ville de Marseille, France. In 2007, he received the Fluids Engineering Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Pendray Aerospace Literature Award from the AIAA, as well as the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching from Princeton University. In 2004, Dr. Smits received the Fluid Dynamics Award of the AIAA. He was the Chair of the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society in 2007-2008.
He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Turbulence and he is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology. He is a past Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Physics of Fluids. From 1990 to 1995, he served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Experimental and Thermal Fluid Science, and he was the Editor-in-Chief from 1995 to 1999. He is a Chief Editor, http://www.efluids.com
, a specialty web portal for students and researchers in fluid dynamics.
Selected Recent Journal Publications:
Hultmark, M., Vallikivi, M. and Smits, A. J. “Turbulent pipe flow at extreme Reynolds numbers.” Physical Review Letters, Vol. 108(9), doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.094501, 2012.
Sznitman, J., Guglielmini, L., Clifton, D., Scobee, D., Stone, H. A. and Smits, A. J. “Experimental characterization of three-dimensional corner flows at low-Reynolds numbers.” Vol. 707, pp. 37-52, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, doi:10.1017/jfm.2012.250, 2012.
Moored, K. W., Haj-Hariri, H., Dewey, P. A. and Smits, A. J. “Hydrodynamic wake resonance as an underlying principle of efficient unsteady propulsion.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, doi: 10.1017/jfm.2012.313, Vol. 708, pp. 329-348, 2012.
Arwatz, G. and Smits, A. J. “A viscoelastic model of shear-induced hemolysis in laminar flow.” Biorheology, online April 2013, DOI 10.3233/BIR-13062, Vol. 50, pp. 45–55, 2013.
Marusic, I., Monty, J., Hultmark, M. and Smits, A. J. “On the logarithmic region in wall turbulence.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics. doi: 10.1017/jfm.2012.511, Vol. 716, pp. 716, R3-1-716 R3-11, 2013.
Zhong, S., Moored, K. W., Pinedo, V., Jesus Garcia-Gonzalez and Smits, A. J., “The flow field and axial thrust generated by a rotating rigid helix at low Reynolds numbers.” doi.org/10.1016/j.expthermflusci.2012.10.019. Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, Vol. 46, pp. 1-7, 2013.
Hultmark, M., Vallikivi, M. Bailey, S. C. C. and Smits, A. J. “Logarithmic scaling of turbulence in smooth- and rough-walled pipe flow at extreme Reynolds number.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics. doi: 10.1017/jfm.2013.255, Vol. 728, pp. 376-395, 2013.
Rosenberg, B. J., Hultmark, M., Vallikivi, M., Bailey, S. C. C. and Smits, A. J., “Turbulence spectra in smooth- and rough-wall pipe flow at extreme Reynolds number” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, doi: 10.1017/jfm.2013.359, Vol. 731, pp. 46-63, 2013.
Smits, A. J. and Marusic, I. “Wall-bounded turbulence” Physics Today, September 2013. Reprinted in Japanese in Parity, Vol. 29(6), pp. 13-21, 2014.
Dewey, P. A. Boschitsch, B. M., Moored, K. W., Stone, H. A. and Smits, A. J. “Scaling laws for the thrust production of flexible pitching panels.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, doi: 10.1017/jfm.2013.384, Vol. 732, pp. 29-46, 2013.
Hellström, L. H. O., Zlatinov, M. B., Cao, G. and Smits, A. J., “Turbulent pipe flow through a 90o bend.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 735, 2013, R7 doi: 10.1017/jfm.2013.534. Published Online on 29th October 2013. In print, November 2013.
Shang, J. K., Smits, A. J. and Stone, H. A., “The appearance of P+S modes in the wake of a freely vibrating, highly flexible cylinder.” Journal of Fluids and Structures, Vol. 43, pp. 481-486, 2013.
Quinn, D. B., Lauder, G. V. and Smits, A. J. “Scaling the propulsive performance of heaving flexible panels.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, doi: 10.1017/jfm.2013.597, Vol. 738, pp. 250-267, 2014.
Quinn, D. B., Moored, K. W., Dewey, P. A. and Smits, A. J. “Unsteady propulsion near a solid boundary.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 742, pp. 152-170, 2014.
Quinn, D. B., Lauder, G. V. and Smits, A. J. “Flexible propulsors in ground effect.” Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. Vol. 9, 036008, doi:10.1088/1748-3182/9/3/036008, 2014.
Boschitsch, B. M., Dewey, P. A. and Smits, A. J. “Propulsive performance of unsteady tandem hydrofoils in an in-line configuration.” Physics of Fluids, Vol. 26(5), DOI: 10.1063/1.4872308, 2014.
Shang, J., Stone, H. A. and Smits, A. J. “Vortex and structural dynamics of a flexible cylinder in cross-flow.” Physics of Fluids, Vol. 26(5), 2014, DOI: 10.1063/1.4878341. Published Online on 28th May 2014.