what we do
We employ direct simulation Monte Carlo, deterministic Boltzmann solvers and Molecular Dynamics for improved modeling of non-equilibrium and non-continuum flows, fundamental transport processes, and material response within multi-scale, multi-physics systems.
We work with research collaborators at UIUC, both in MechSE and across the College of Engineering, and with other universities, NASA and Air Force to tackle current modeling challenges in support of engineering design.
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
deterministic Boltzmann solvers
direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC)
hypersonic/high-altitude NEQ flows
hybrid continuum/kinetic methods
material defect/property relationships
molecular dynamics (MD)
rare events and tail-driven processes
who we are
The computational kinetics group (CKG) is a multi-disciplinary team of researchers in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at UIUC. Our graduate students pursue academic tracks in both Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM) and Mechanical Engineering (ME) programs, and our common ground is centered on computational modeling.
News & Publications
Congratulations to Sharanya Subramaniam - Graduate student and Ph.D. candidate Sharanya Subramaniam successfully completed her qualifying exam for the Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Program. Sharanya's dissertation topic involves the formulation of continuum breakdown parameters for multi-temperature and state-to-state frameworks. Congratulations, Sharanya!
Prof Stephani named AIAA Associate Fellow - Prof. Kelly Stephani has been elected to the 2018 class of Associate Fellows for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The organization will formally honor and induct the class at a recognition ceremony in January 2018, in conjunction with the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition.
Prof Stephani showcases work to NASA officials, lawmakers on Capitol Hill - Prof. Kelly Stephani presented her impactful work to some of the highest officials in NASA on Capitol Hill. It was a part of “NASA Technology Day on the Hill,” the sixth annual event in which the space agency showcases its own work as well as university-partnered projects and new technologies developed in academia and industry. This research – an effort to better protect spacecraft as they reenter earth’s atmosphere – has been funded by a 2015 NASA Early Career Faculty Award