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Jacob A. McFarland

Jacob A. McFarland, Assistant Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Jacob McFarland is an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. His research is in shock-driven fluid mixing for flows with multiphase effects, magnetohydrodynamic effects and chemical reactions (detonations). His research uses both experiments and simulations to explore these areas. He has worked with Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories to study high-energy density physics in study shock-driven flows, such as the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability, in large scale simulations. This research has applications in inertial confinement fusion power, astrophysics, stewardship scienc, and supersonic combustion and detonations. Dr. McFarland’s lab built a horizontal shock tube facility to study shock driven multiphase and plasma interfaces in experiments using high speed optical diagnostics such as Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence an Particle Imaging Velocimetry. He also has worked on multiphase detonations for nanoenergetic systems and detonation engines.


PhD from Texas A&M University
MS from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
BS from Texas Tech University

Technical Focus

Shock Driven Mixing and Turbulence
Multiphase flows

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