Jennifer Franck

Assistant Professor


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Room: 527
Engineering Research Building
1500 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 263-2562
Fax: (608) 263-7451

Primary Affiliation:
Engineering Physics

Additional Affiliations:
Mechanical Engineering,

Profile Summary

Prof. Franck's research interests are in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), both in the development of new computational tools and utilizing these tools to investigate the dynamics and physics of unsteady, turbulent flows. Her lab utilizes a range of computational techniques, including Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS), Large-eddy simulation (LES) and Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) solvers.  These solvers are applied to fundamental problems in fluid mechanics, and in applications areas such as aerodynamic flow control, wind/tidal energy, propulsion or flapping flight.  Prof Franck also tries to maintain a connection to industry and apply her computational tools towards the development of emerging technologies.

Prof Franck received her PhD degree from Caltech in computational fluid dynamics, where she developed a large-eddy simulation code for unsteady flow separation and control. After Caltech, she was awarded a NSF postdoctoral fellowship which she performed at Brown University to investigate and model the unsteady fluid dynamics in flapping flight.  Prior to UW-Madison, Prof Franck was on the faculty at Brown for 7 years and won various awards for her teaching.  

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