The Hypersonics Research Laboratory (HRL) addresses aero-thermodynamic problem formulation and solutions including and not limited to plasma wakes, high-speed boundary layers, hypersonic vehicle configurations etc. HRL offers a balanced approach to better understand the behavior of external and internal high-speed flows through the application of small and large-scale experiments, analytics, and simulation. The research foundations are drawn from applied mathematics, physics, and chemistry, with a strong focus on first principles based approach. The group is headed by Prof. Wesley L. Harris, C.S. Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT.
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