Name

Francisco Palacios


Engineering Research Associate at Stanford University.
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AA).
Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Aerospace Design Laboratory (ADL).
Lead developer of the SU2 open-source CFD code .

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Durand Building. Room 375
Stanford University, Stanford CA 94305

Professional experience

2011- Engineering Research Associate, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
2008-2010 Scientific coordinator of the Future Simulation Concepts Programme Spain (FuSim-E) by Airbus Operations S.L., Getafe, Spain.
2007-2009 Director of Technological Innovation, Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies in Mathematics, Madrid, Spain.
2002-2007 Engineering Research Associate, National Institute of Aerospace Technology, Torrejon de Ardoz, Spain.

Education

2008 Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
2004 Diploma of Advanced Studies in Fluid Mechanics Engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
2002 Mechanical Engineering (B.S. and M.S.), University of Comillas (ICAI), Madrid, Spain.

Research interests

The aim of my research is to develop a new paradigm of multi-disciplinary simulation and design that enables realizable eco-efficient supersonic aircraft. This radical change will be based in the development of complex multidisciplinary modeling techniques, superior algorithms (for simulation and design), and computational methods capable of real-time simulation. The envisioned breakthroughs in complex modeling and numerical methods will lead to a much more efficient design process, and the complete multidisciplinary design of advanced supersonic aircraft through the integration of design techniques based on control theory.

Publications, and peer-reviewed proceedings (selected)

T. Economon, F. Palacios and J. J. Alonso, “An Unsteady Continuous Adjoint Approach for Aerodynamic Design on Dynamic Meshes”, AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition 2014. June 16th - 20th, 2014. Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (submitted).
D. Manosalvas, T. Economon, F. Palacios, and A. Jameson, “Finding Computationally Inexpensive Methods to Model the Flow Past Heavy Vehicles and the Design of Active Flow Control Systems for Drag Reduction”, AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition 2014. June 16th - 20th, 2014. Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (submitted).
A. S. Padrón, F. Palacios, and J. J. Alonso, “Multi-Fidelity Uncertainty Quantification: Application to a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Under an Extreme Gust”, AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition 2014. June 16th - 20th, 2014. Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (submitted).
H. Kline, F. Palacioss, and J. J. Alonso, “Sensitivity of the Performance of a 3-Dimensional Hypersonic Inlet to Shape Deformations”, AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition 2014. June 16th - 20th, 2014. Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (submitted).
M. López, 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 Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition 2014. June 16th - 20th, 2014. Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (submitted).
S. R. Copeland, F. Palacios, and J. J. Alonso. “Adjoint-Based Aerothermodynamic Shape Design of Hypersonic Vehicles in Non-Equilibrium Flows”, 52nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. January 13th - 17th, 2014. National Harbor, Maryland, USA.
T. Lukaczyk, F. Palacios, J. J. Alonso, and P. G. Constantine. “Shape Optimization with Active Subspace Optimization”, 52nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. January 13th - 17th, 2014. National Harbor, Maryland, USA.
F. Palacios, et al. “Stanford University Unstructured (SU2): Analysis and Design Technology for Turbulent Flows”, 52nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. January 13th - 17th, 2014. National Harbor, Maryland, USA.
F. Palacios, J. J. Alonso, and A. Jameson. “Design of Free-Surface Interfaces Using RANS Equations”, 43rd AIAA Fluid Dynamics and Co-Located Conferences. June 24th - 27th, 2013. San Diego, California, USA.
T. W. R. Taylor, F. Palacios, K. Duraisamy, and J. J. Alonso. “A Hybrid Adjoint Approach Applied to Turbulent Flow Simulations”, 43rd AIAA Fluid Dynamics and Co-Located Conferences. June 24th - 27th, 2013. San Diego, California, USA.
M. R. Colonno, F. Palacios, T. Economon, A. K. Lonkar, and J. J. Alonso. “An Adjoint-Based Aerodynamic Shape Optimization Methodology for Fairing Systems”, 43rd AIAA Fluid Dynamics and Co-Located Conferences. June 24th - 27th, 2013. San Diego, California, USA.
T. Economon, F. Palacios, and J. J. Alonso. “A Viscous Continuous Adjoint Approach for the Design of Rotating Engineering Applications”, 43rd AIAA Fluid Dynamics and Co-Located Conferences. June 24th - 27th, 2013. San Diego, California, USA.
A. K. Lonkar, F. Palacios, and J. J. Alonso. “Simulation of Reacting Flows in Magnetic Fields with Preconditioning”, 43rd AIAA Fluid Dynamics and Co-Located Conferences. June 24th - 27th, 2013. San Diego, California, USA.
F. Palacios, et al. “Stanford University Unstructured (SU2): An open-source integrated computational environment for multi-physics simulation and design”, 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. January 7th - 10th, 2013. Grapevine, Texas, USA.
T. Economon, F. Palacios, and J. J. Alonso, “Unsteady Aerodynamic Design on Unstructured Meshes with Sliding Interfaces and Active Flow Control”, 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. January 7th - 10th, 2013. Grapevine, Texas, USA.
S. Copeland, A. K. Lonkar, F. Palacios, and J. J. Alonso “Adjoint-Based Goal-Oriented Mesh Adaptation for Nonequilibrium Hypersonic Flows”, 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. January 7th - 10th, 2013. Grapevine, Texas, USA.
T. Lukaczyk, T. Taylor, F. Palacios, and J. J. Alonso “Managing Gradient Inaccuracies while Enhancing Response Surface Models”, 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. January 7th - 10th, 2013. Grapevine, Texas, USA.
T. Economon, F. Palacios, and J. J. Alonso “A Coupled-Adjoint Method for Aerodynamic and Aeroacoustic Optimization”, 12th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference and 14th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference. September 17th - 19th, 2012. Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
T. Lukaczyk, M. Colonno, F. Palacios, and J. J. Alonso “Response Surface Methodologies for Low-Boom Supersonic Aircraft Design Using Equivalent Area Distributions”, 12th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference and 14th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference. September 17th - 19th, 2012. Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
A. Bueno-Orovio, C. Castro, F. Palacios, and E. Zuazua “Continuous Adjoint Approach for the Spalart-Allmaras Model in Aerodynamic Optimization”, AIAA Journal Vol. 50, No. 3, March 2012.
F. Palacios, K. Duraisamy, J. J. Alonso, and E. Zuazua “Robust Grid Adaptation for Efficient Uncertainty Quantification”, AIAA Journal Vol. 50, No. 7, July 2012.
F. Palacios, J. J. Alonso, and A. Jameson “Optimal Design of Free-Surface Interfaces Using a Level Set Methodology”, 42nd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit. June 25th - 28th, 2012. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
A. K. Lonkar, F. Palacios, R. W. MacCormack, and J. J. Alonso “Multidimensional Simulation of Plasma in Argon through a Shock in Hypersonic Flow”, 42nd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit. June 25th - 28th, 2012. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
T. D. Economon, F. Palacios, and J. J. Alonso “Optimal Shape Design for Open Rotor Blades”, 42nd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit. June 25th - 28th, 2012. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
T. W. R. Taylor, F. Palacios, K. Duraisamy, and J. J. Alonso “Towards a Hybrid Adjoint Approach for Arbitrarily Complex Partial Differential Equations”, 42nd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit. June 25th - 28th, 2012. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
F. Palacios, J. J. Alonso, M. Colonno, J. Hicken, and T. Lukaczyk “Adjoint-Based method for supersonic aircraft design using equivalent area distribution”, 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. January 9th - 12th, 2012. Nasville, Tennessee, USA.
Z. DeVito, N. Joubert, F. Palacios, S. Oakley, M. Medina, M. Barrientos, E. Elsen, F. Ham, A. Aiken, K. Duraisamy, E. Darve, J. Alonso, P. Hanrahan “Liszt: A Domain Specific Language for building Mesh-based PDE solvers”, International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. November 12th - 18th, 2011. Seattle, Washington, USA.
D. Sanchez-Roman, G. Sutter, S. Lopez-Buedo, I. Gonzalez, F. J. Gomez-Arribas, J. Aracil, and F. Palacios “Using high level languages and floating-point arithmetic in FPGA-based acceleration of aeronautical CFD simulations”, IEEE Design & Test of Computers 2011. DTSI-2010-11-0096.R2.
F. Palacios, K. Duraisamy, and J. J. Alonso “Improvement of adjoint based methods for efficient computation of response surfaces” Center for Turbulence Research Annual Research Briefs 2009.
A. Bueno-Orovio, C. Castro, F. Palacios, and E. Zuazua “Continuous Adjoint Approach for the Spalart-Allmaras Model in Aerodynamic Optimization”, 49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. January 4th - 7th, 2011. Orlando, Florida, USA.
A. Bueno-Orovio, C. Castro, F. Palacios, and K. Duraisamy “When the “exact” discrete gradient is not the best choice in optimal shape design?”, 49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. January 4th - 7th, 2011. Orlando, Florida, USA.
C. Castro, F. Palacios, and E. Zuazua “Optimal control and vanishing viscosity for the Burgers equation”, Integral Methods in Science and Engineering, Vol. 2. Computational Methods, Birkhauser-Boston, C. Constanda and M. E. Perez eds., pp. 65-90, 2010.
K. Duraisamy, J. J. Alonso, F. Palacios, and P. Chandrashekar “Error Estimation for High Speed Flows Using Continuous and Discrete Adjoints”, 48th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. January 4th - 7th, 2010. Orlando, Florida, USA.
A. Baeza, C. Castro, F. Palacios, and E. Zuazua “2D Euler shape design on non-regular flows using adjoint Rankine-Hugoniot relations”, AIAA Journal Vol. 47, No. 3, March 2009.
C. Castro, C. Lozano, F. Palacios, and E. Zuazua “A Systematic formulation of the continuous adjoint method applied to viscous aerodynamic design”, Revista Investigación Operacional (ISNN 0257-4306) Vol. 30, No. 1, 3-10, 2009.
R. Sierra, G. Caffarena, C. Carreras, and F. Palacios “Feasibility analysis for CFD algorithms implementation into reconfigurable hardware”, IX Reconfigurable Computing and Applications Conference. September 9th - 11th, 2009. Madrid, Spain.
F. Palacios, K. Duraisamy, and J. J. Alonso “Improvement of adjoint based methods for efficient computation of response surfaces” Center for Turbulence Research Annual Research Briefs 2009.
C. Castro, F. Palacios, and E. Zuazua “An alternating descent method for the optimal control of the inviscid Burgers equation in the presence of shocks”, M3AS: Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences, Vol. 18, No. 3 (March 2008).
A. Baeza, C. Castro, F. Palacios, and E. Zuazua “2D Euler shape design on non-regular flows using adjoint Rankine-Hugoniot relations”, 46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. January 9th - 12th, 2008. Reno, Nevada, USA.
A. Baeza, C. Castro, F. Palacios, and E. Zuazua “2D Navier-Stokes Shape Design Using a Level Set Method”, 46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. January 9th - 12th, 2008. Reno, Nevada, USA.
E. Andrés, C. Carreras, G. Caffarena, M. Molina, O. Nieto-Taladriz, and F. Palacios “CFD Acceleration through Reconfigurable Hardware”, 46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. January 9th - 12th, 2008. Reno, Nevada, USA.
C. Castro, C. Lozano, F. Palacios, and E. Zuazua “An alternating descent method for the optimal control of the inviscid Burgers equation in the presence of shocks”, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, NI07040-HOP, 2007.
C. Castro, C. Lozano, F. Palacios, and E. Zuazua “A Systematic Continuous Adjoint Approach to Viscous Aerodynamic Design on Unstructured Grids”, AIAA Journal Vol. 45, No. 9, pp. 2125-2139, September 2007.
C. Castro, C. Lozano, F. Palacios and E. Zuazua, “Control of Euler and Navier-Stokes Equations: Applications to Optimal Shape Design in Aeronautics”, European Control Conference 2007. July 2nd - 5th, 2007. Kos, Greece.
C. Castro, C. Lozano, F. Palacios and E. Zuazua, “A Systematic Formulation of the Continuous Adjoint Method Applied to Viscous Aerodynamic Design”, European Research Community on Fluids, Turbulence and Combustion 2006, Design Optimisation: Methods & Application. April 5th - 7th, 2006. Gran Canaria, España.
F. Monge, and F. Palacios “Necesidades futuras en investigación aerodinámica, en Las Matemáticas en la Comunidad de Madrid: Computación e interacción I+D+i”, M. de León et al. eds., 105-118, 2006.
C. Castro, C. Lozano, F. Palacios, and E. Zuazua “A Systematic Continuous Adjoint Approach to Viscous Aerodynamic Design on Unstructured Grids”, 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. January 9th - 12th, 2006. Reno, Nevada, USA.
F. Monge, and F. Palacios “Aerodynamic Multipoint Airfoil Optimization Using Control Theory on Unstructured Meshes”, European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering. July 24th - 28th, 2004. Jyväskylä, Finland.
F. Monge, and F. Palacios “Inviscid Aerodynamic Multipoint Airfoil Optimization Using Control Theory on Unstructured Meshes”, ERCOFTAC Design Optimization International Conference. March 31th - April 2nd, 2004. Athens, Greece.

Book contributions

T. Taylor, F. Palacios, K. Duraisamy, and J. J. Alonso “A hybrid adjoint approach applied to RANS simulations" Center for Turbulence Research Annual Research Briefs 2013.
I. Bermejo-Moreno, J. Larsson, L. Campo, J. Bodart, M. Emory, F. Palacios, D. Helmer, G. Iaccarino, and J. Eaton “Multi-fidelity numerical simulations of shock/turbulent-boundary-layer interaction in a duct with uncertainty quantification" Center for Turbulence Research Annual Research Briefs 2012.
J. Urzay, N. Kseib, F. Palacios, J. Larsson, and G. Iaccarino “A stochastic flamelet progress-variable approach for numerical simulations of high-speed turbulent combustion under chemical-kinetic uncertainties" Center for Turbulence Research Annual Research Briefs 2012.
T. Taylor, F. Palacios, K. Duraisamy, and J. J. Alonso “Towards a hybrid adjoint approach for complex flow simulations" Center for Turbulence Research Annual Research Briefs 2012.
F. Palacios, and J. J. Alonso “Convergence acceleration techniques in the Joe code" Center for Turbulence Research Annual Research Briefs 2011.
F. Palacios, K. Duraisamy, and J. J. Alonso “Improvement of adjoint based methods for efficient computation of response surfaces" Center for Turbulence Research Annual Research Briefs 2009.
C. Castro, F. Palacios, and E. Zuazua “Optimal Control and Vanishing Viscosity for the Burgers Equation", Integral Methods in Science and Engineering (Volume 2, Computational Methods) Birkhäuser Boston. ISBN 978-0-8176-4896-1, 2009.
F. Monge, and F. Palacios Future needs in aerodynamics research in Mathematics in Madrid: Computation and I + D + i interaction", M. de León et al. eds., 105-118, 2006.