BOONE, N.C. — The Appalachian Applied Fluids Laboratory (AppAFL) has been awarded a $350,000 contract with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's Ocean Sciences Division. The AppAFL team will work closely with colleagues at NRL and other universities to improve and develop computational models to better understand and predict seafloor dynamics in support of Naval operations.
The five-year contract will provide summer and academic-year research assistantships to undergradute students in the applied physics program and graduate students in the engineering physics program, as well as substantial travel funds for students to conduct research at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's Stennis Space Center and attend international conferences. This year, the contract is supplemented by two additional student summer fellowships through the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program.
AppAFL is directed by Dr. Christopher Thaxton, professor in the Appalachian State University Department of Physics and Astronomy, and investigates a broad range of topics related to the fluid mechanics of boundary layers and the coupling between fluids and terrestrial surfaces, as well as the development and application of instrumentation and analytical/numerical tools and methodologies.
Congratulations to Dr. Thaxton and the AppAFL team!
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By Lauren Andersen
May 16, 2023