Aer E Professor to be Plenary Speaker at International Symposium for Multiphase Flows

Hui Hu, professor of Aerospace Engineering has been invited to be a Plenary Speaker at the 10th International Symposium on Measurement Techniques for Multiphase Flows. The symposium, which takes place in Hong Kong, China December 3-7, will feature Hu as one of their five Plenary Speakers. Hu will present his research on advanced measurement techniques … Continue reading Aer E Professor to be Plenary Speaker at International Symposium for Multiphase Flows

Aerospace engineering professor selected as ASME Fellow

Hui Hu recognized nationally for outstanding engineering achievements With a technical background in experimental aerodynamics, fluid dynamics and heat transfer, Hui Hu, professor of aerospace engineering, has applied his knowledge across the fields of wind energy, aircraft icing and anti-icing/de-icing technology, thermal management of gas turbines, unsteady aerodynamics and microfluidics. Hu’s lasting contributions to the … Continue reading Aerospace engineering professor selected as ASME Fellow

Iowa State engineers study the benefits of adding a second, smaller rotor to wind turbines

Hui Hu picked up a 3-D printed model of a typical wind turbine and began explaining two problems with the big, tall, three-bladed machines. First, said the Iowa State University professor of aerospace engineering, check out the base of each blade. They’re big, round structural pieces. They’re not shaped like an airfoil. And so they … Continue reading Iowa State engineers study the benefits of adding a second, smaller rotor to wind turbines

Iowa Energy Center announces 2014 Impact Awards

Four College of Engineering faculty recognized The Iowa Energy Center recently honored leaders and innovators in the center’s four program areas – bioenergy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and education and outreach – with the Impact Award. This year was the first year with grants awarded. Five award winners were chosen in these categories, four of … Continue reading Iowa Energy Center announces 2014 Impact Awards

Iowa State University Wins Competitive $330,000 National Science Foundation Grant

Thanks to a highly competitive $330,000 award from the National Science Foundation, the Iowa Energy Center is proud to have partnered with Professor Hui Hu and Assistant Professor Anupam Sharma of Iowa State University to create innovative dual-rotor wind turbine designs in order to improve turbine performance and wind farm efficiency. The funding opportunity comes … Continue reading Iowa State University Wins Competitive $330,000 National Science Foundation Grant

New concept to improve power production of wind turbines

Hui Hu, professor of aerospace engineering, and his group at Iowa State University studied the effects of the relative rotation directions of two tandem wind turbines on the power production performance, the flow characteristics in the turbine wake flows, and the resultant wind loads acting on the turbines. The experimental study was performed in a … Continue reading New concept to improve power production of wind turbines

Aerospace professor Hui Hu awarded new base program for Iowa Space Grant Consortium

The NASA Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) selected a proposal by Hui Hu, professor of aerospace engineering, that would build a stronger relationship between NASA and Iowa State University. Hu wrote a proposal seeking “support to establish a research and education integrated program to facilitate the long-term research and education collaboration” between Iowa State and … Continue reading Aerospace professor Hui Hu awarded new base program for Iowa Space Grant Consortium

Iowa State’s icing wind tunnel blows cold and hard to study ice on wings, turbine blades

From somewhere back behind the Iowa State University Icing Research Tunnel, Rye Waldman called out to see if Hui Hu was ready for a spray of cold water. The wind tunnel was down to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. A cylindrical model was in place inside the 10-inch-by-10-inch test section. The wind was blowing through the machine … Continue reading Iowa State’s icing wind tunnel blows cold and hard to study ice on wings, turbine blades

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Iowa State engineers develop new tests to cool turbine blades, improve engines

Engineers know that gas turbine engines for aircraft and power plants are more efficient and burn less fuel when they run at temperatures high enough to melt metal. But how to raise temperatures and efficiencies without damaging engine parts and pieces? Iowa State University’s Hui Hu and Blake Johnson, working away in a tight corner behind … Continue reading Iowa State engineers develop new tests to cool turbine blades, improve engines

Iowa State engineers study how hills, nearby turbines affect wind energy production

Hui Hu pulled a model wind turbine from the top of an office filing cabinet. The turbine tower was just 10 inches high. Its three blades were 10 inches in diameter. It was a perfect 1:320 scale reproduction of the 80-meter diameter wind turbines spinning across Iowa, the country’s second-ranked state in installed wind power capacity. That … Continue reading Iowa State engineers study how hills, nearby turbines affect wind energy production

Four engineering researchers among those awarded state-funded grants

College of Engineering researchers Ayman Fayed, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Sri Sritharan, Wilson Engineering Professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering; Hui Hu, associate professor of aerospace engineering; and Suraj Kothari, professor of electrical and computer engineering, were among those awarded 10 competitive grants totaling $942,389 from Iowa State University’s $1.459 million … Continue reading Four engineering researchers among those awarded state-funded grants