Posted on April 11, 2022 by Rory Dew

APRIL 11, 2022 — Mechanical engineering professors Adel Alaeddini and Kiran Bhaganagar in UTSA’s Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design are partnering with the U.S. Air Force and Coast Guard to study object interactions in open water. Their research, funded by a three-year, $350,000 grant, allows the team to examine the way natural forces such as tides, waves and wind impact the movement of objects in a body of water.

When an object is in the ocean, for example, environmental and structural factors can significantly impact the travel trajectories it will take. Throughout the course of this research, Alaeddini, Bhaganagar and several undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral student researchers will use technical instruments to capture data points on how differently-shaped objects interact with environmental factors including water currents, wind speeds, temperature and other variables.]

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— Rory Dew