Research Interests: Unsteady Viscous Flows; Structured Grid Technologies; Computational Applications in Aerodynamics, Propulsion, and Turbomachinery
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Dr. Robert S. Webster is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). He has been involved in various areas of aerospace propulsion since the beginning of 1989. For three years, he gained experience as an engineer with NASA by serving as an engine system analyst for the Liquid Propulsion Systems Branch at the Marshall Space Flight Center. This provided an appreciation for understanding that most everything must function as part of a system. Since that time, he has been involved in various aspects of aerospace propulsion applications through the use of computational fluid dynamics. This computational experience consists of simulating flow fields of, for example, helicopter rotors, high-speed internal and external flows related to launch vehicles, turbomachinery flow fields, primarily for fan and compressor aerodynamics of air-breathing engines, and both ideal-gas and equilibrium-chemistry nozzle flows. In short, his underlying interest is in the physics of aero-thermal flow fields. As the general area of aerospace propulsion is a combination of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer, this field serves as a means for naturally satisfying his professional interests. He is a Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), newly elected Member of the AIAA Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration Technical Committee, and an Emeritus Member of the AIAA Gas Turbine Engines Technical Committee.