Thomas Economon

Thomas D. Economon


Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Durand Building, Room 464
Stanford, CA 94305
More information and a complete CV can be found here.

Background

PhD, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, 2014
MS, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, 2010
BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2008

Research Interests

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Optimal Shape Design (OSD) via Adjoint-based Methods
  • Unsteady Flows on Dynamic Meshes
  • High Performance Computing
  • Multidisciplinary Design, Analysis, & Optimization (MDAO)
  • Aircraft Conceptual Design Techniques for Advanced Configurations
  • Environmentally Responsible Aviation
  • Passive & Active Flow Control
  • Computational Aeroacoustics (CAA)

Recent Work

My research focuses on the development of new computational design methodologies for aerospace systems, including high-fidelity, adjoint-based techniques for optimal shape design, as well as tools for design at the conceptual level. These new methodologies will enable the design of next generation aerospace vehicles with greatly reduced fuel burn, emissions, and noise. Understanding and leveraging advanced computational hardware (novel architectures and cluster computing) are critical components of this simulation-based research.

Ongoing work includes: developing the SU2 software suite, extending the aerodynamic analysis and design methodologies in the SU2 suite to massively parallel platforms as part of an Intel Parallel Computing Center, and supporting the computational science/computer science efforts to create physics applications for exascale platforms as part of the Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program II (PSAAP II) at Stanford.

Publications

Economon, T. D. , Palacios, F., Alonso, J. J., "High-Performance Optimizations of the Unstructured Open-Source SU2 Suite," AIAA Science and Technology Forum 2015, Kissimmee, FL (accepted).
Palacios, F., Economon, T. D. , Alonso, J. J., "Large-scale aircraft design using SU2," AIAA Science and Technology Forum 2015, Kissimmee, FL (accepted).
Palacios, F., Economon, T. D., Copeland, S. R., Lukaczyk, T. W., Naik, K. R., Padron, A. S., Tracey, B., and Alonso, J. J., "Residual and grid convergence of compressible turbulent flows using SU2," AIAA Science and Technology Forum 2015, Kissimmee, FL (accepted).
Manosalvas, D., Economon, T. D., Palacios, F., and Jameson, A., "Techniques for the Design of Active Flow Control Systems in Heavy Vehicles," AIAA Science and Technology Forum 2015, Kissimmee, FL (accepted).
Economon, T. D., Palacios, F., Alonso, J. J., "An Unsteady Continuous Adjoint Approach for Aerodynamic Design on Dynamic Meshes," AIAA Paper 2014-2300, 15th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, AIAA Aviation, Atlanta, GA, June, 2014.
Manosalvas, D., Economon, T. D., Palacios, F., and Jameson, A., "Finding Computationally Inexpensive Methods to Model the Flow Past Heavy Vehicles and the Design of Active Flow Control Systems for Drag Reduction", AIAA 2014-2404, 32nd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, AIAA Aviation, Atlanta, GA, June, 2014.
M. Lopez, A. Sheshadri, K. Asthana J. Bull, J. Crabill, T. Economon, D. Manosalvas, J. Romero, J. Watkins, D. Williams, F. Palacios, and A. Jameson, "Verification and Validation of HiFiLES: a High-Order Navier-Stokes unstructured solver on multi-GPU platforms", AIAA Paper 2014-3168, 32nd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, AIAA Aviation, Atlanta, GA, June, 2014.
Palacios, F., Economon, T. D., Aranake, A. C., Copeland, S. R., Lonkar, A. K., Lukaczyk, T. W., Manosalvas, D. E., Naik, K. R., Padron, A. S., Tracey, B., Variyar, A., and Alonso, J. J., "Stanford University Unstructured (SU2): Open-source analysis and design technology for turbulent flows," AIAA Paper 2014-0243, AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2014: 52nd Aerospace Sciences Meeting, National Harbor, MD, January 13-17, 2014.
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.