People

The FRIL research team at the University of Virginia (and previously at the University of Illinois) is directed by Eric Loth (director) and includes several post-doctoral research scientists, graduate-level students/engineers, and several undergraduates. FRIL is also honored to have two…

Projects

FRIL projects focuses on unsteady fluid dynamics including micro- and nano-texturing coatings for self-cleaning, fluid dynamics and heat transfer of energy-storage systems, inlet aerodynamics of supersonic aircraft and inlet particle separators of helicopters, as well as bio-inspired morphing wind turbines to reduce off-shore…

Facilities

FRIL has several dedicated facilities to investigate fluid dynamics, multiphase flow, nano-micro texturing and energy systems as described in this site. In addition, FRIL researchers have access to UVA facilities in supersonic wind tunnels, SEM and AFM and surface profilometry…

News

SUMR Wind Turbine Featured on Scientific American

>>> Full article on Scientific American “Loth’s team wants to design a 50-megawatt system with blades 200 meters long, much larger than today’s wind turbines. If the researchers succeed, they believe the turbine would be 10 times more powerful than existing…

SUMR Featured on Cover of “Wind Energy”

A team of students, led by Professor Eric Loth, are part of the intercollegiate project SUMR. The project’s goal is to design and demonstrate morphing technologies for 50-megawatt wind turbines that can reduce offshore levelized cost of energy by as much as 50% by 2025. SUMR…