Thomas D. Economon
Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Durand Building, Room 010A
Stanford, CA 94305
Ph.D. Candidate, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, 2010-present.
M.S., Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, 2010.
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2008.
- Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
- Optimal Shape Design (OSD) via Adjoint-based Methods
- Multidisciplinary Design, Analysis, & Optimization (MDAO)
- Multi-fidelity Design Techniques for Advanced Aicraft Configurations
- Environmentally Responsible Aviation
- Passive & Active Flow Control
- Computational Aeroacoustics (CAA)
Current Research Focus
Development of new high-fidelity, multidisciplinary design methodologies for efficient, quiet rotors
that meet next generation propulsion and energy challenges: open rotors, propellers,
helicopter rotors, turbomachinery, and wind turbines.
Continuous adjoint formulations for the optimal shape design of rotor blades have been developed
and implemented. Capabilities include design for both steady problems in a rotating reference frame
and unsteady problems via a time-accurate adjoint.
A coupled-adjoint technique enabling aeroacoustic shape design has also been demonstrated. The method
is general and could be applied to other multiphysics problems where adjoint sensitivites are desired.
Ongoing work seeks to extend the present aerodynamic analysis and design methodologies
to large-scale, viscous, unsteady applications on dynamic meshes. All numerical implementation
has been performed within the open source SU2 software suite.
||Economon, T. D., Palacios, F., Alonso, J. J., "A Viscous Continuous Adjoint Approach for the Design of Rotating Engineering Applications," AIAA Paper 2013-2580, 21st AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference, San Diego, CA, June 24-27, 2013.
||Colonno, M. R., Palacios, F., Economon, T. D., Lonkar, A. K., Alonso, J. J., "An Adjoint-Based Aerodynamic Shape Optimization Methodology for Fairing Systems," AIAA Paper 2013-2649, 31st AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, San Diego, CA, June 24-27, 2013.
|| Palacios, F., Colonno, M. R., Aranake, A. C., Campos, A., Copeland, S. R., Economon, T. D., Lonkar, A. K., Lukaczyk, T. W., Taylor, T. W. R., Alonso, J. J., "Stanford University Unstructured (SU2): An open-source integrated computational environment for multi-physics simulation and design.," AIAA Paper 2013-0287, 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, Grapevine, Texas, January 7-10, 2013.
||Economon, T. D., Palacios, F., Alonso, J. J., "Unsteady Aerodynamic Design on Unstructured Meshes with Sliding Interfaces," AIAA Paper 2013-0632, 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, Grapevine, Texas, January 7-10, 2013.
||Economon, T. D., Palacios, F., Alonso, J. J., "A Coupled-Adjoint Method for Aerodynamic and
Aeroacoustic Optimization," AIAA Paper 2012-5598, 12th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration,
and Operations (ATIO) Conference and 14th AIAA/ISSM Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization
Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, September, 2012.
||Economon, T. D., Palacios, F., Alonso, J. J., "Optimal Shape Design for Open Rotor Blades,"
AIAA Paper 2012-3018, 30th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, June, 2012.
||Economon, T. D., Copeland, S. R., Alonso, J. J., Zeinali, M., Rutherford, D., "Design and Optimization of
Future Aircraft for Assessing the Fuel Burn Trends of Commercial Aviation," AIAA Paper 2011-267,
49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando, Florida, January, 2011.
||Morris, S., Stephens, D., Economon, T. D., Blake, W., "Interior Duct Wall Pressure Downstream
of a Low-Speed Rotor," AIAA Paper 2008-2893, 14th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference, Vancouver,
British Columbia, May, 2008.
||Economon, T. D., "Effects of Wake Vortices on Commercial Aircraft," AIAA Paper 2008-1428, 46th
Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, Nevada, January, 2008.