Jack Edwards

Angel Family Professor, Director of Aerospace Research

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  • Engineering Building III (EB3) 3234

Dr. Edwards’ long-term goal is to develop efficient and accurate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques for conducting large scale simulations of complex flows for important engineering problems.

At the graduate level, Dr. Edwards teaches Computation of Reacting Flows (MAE 770). This course is concerned with the general principles for formulating and solving the governing equations of reactive flows and multi-phase flows. He treats a wide range of problems in this course ranging from those in the atmospheric sciences to water flow in home faucets.

At the undergraduate level, he teaches Aerodynamics II (MAE 356) and Computational Aerodynamics (MAE 456). In Aerodynamics II, Dr. Edwards places a strong emphasis on developing good practices in computer coding. In his Computational Aerodynamics course, he brings in examples that he has encountered in his own work pertaining to the physics of high-speed flows. The students who work with Dr. Edwards are drawn to his area of research because of the versatility of the CFD tool in all areas of engineering leading to work opportunities in government/industry labs. His students tend to have strong skills in communication, math, and computer programming.

Outside of work, Dr. Edwards enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, and ice hockey (as a spectator).


Ph.D. 1993

Aerospace Engineering

North Carolina State University

M.S. 1990

Aerospace Engineering

North Carolina State University

B.S. 1988

Aerospace Engineering

North Carolina State University

Research Description

Dr. Edwards is interested in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), 2D and 3D compressible flows, reactive and multi-phase flows, and turbulence modeling. Dr. Edwards is currently 1) developing large eddy simulation techniques for high speed internal flows in advanced engine concepts (ram jets, scram jets, etc.), 2) conducting simulations of entry/exit into collective protection systems designed to enable operation in contaminated environments, and 3) developing multi-phase flow simulation methods as applied to industrial/medical processes. He is Principal Investigator of the Aerospace Engineering Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. In MAE, he collaborates with Dr. Dow, Dr. Eischen, Dr. Hassan, Dr. Luo, Dr. Fang, and Dr. Gopalarathnam.


Numerical simulation of stable and unstable ram-mode operation of an axisymmetric ethylene-fueled inlet-isolator-combustor configuration
Hash, C. A., Drummond, P. M., Edwards, J. R., Kato, N., & Lee, T. (2022), COMBUSTION AND FLAME. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.combustflame.2022.112157
Flow criticality governs leading-edge-vortex initiation on finite wings in unsteady flow
Hirato, Y., Shen, M., Gopalarathnam, A., & Edwards, J. R. (2021), JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 910. https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2020.896
Hybrid Large Eddy Simulation/Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes Analysis of a Premixed Ethylene-Fueled Dual-Mode Scramjet Combustor
Nielsen, T. B., Edwards, J. R., Chelliah, H. K., Lieber, D., Geipel, C., Goyne, C. P., … Cutler, A. D. (2021), AIAA JOURNAL. https://doi.org/10.2514/1.J059343
Are poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide) (Kevlar (R)) and other liquid crystalline polymers conformationally rigid?
Tonelli, A. E., & Edwards, J. F. (2020), POLYMER, 193. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2020.122342
Mesh-Sequenced Realizations for Evaluation of Subgrid-Scale Models for Turbulent Combustion
Edwards, J. R., & Nielsen, T. B. (2020), AIAA JOURNAL, 58(11), 4878–4892. https://doi.org/10.2514/1.J059217
Variation of leading-edge suction during stall for unsteady aerofoil motions
Narsipur, S., Hosangadi, P., Gopalarathnam, A., & Edwards, J. R. (2020), JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 900. https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2020.467
Least Squares Minimization Closure Models for LES of Turbulent Combustion
Patton, C. H., & Edwards, J. R. (2019), FLOW TURBULENCE AND COMBUSTION, 102(3), 699–733. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10494-018-9968-5
Low-Order Model for Prediction of Trailing-Edge Separation in Unsteady Flow
Narsipur, S., Gopalarathnam, A., & Edwards, J. R. (2019), AIAA JOURNAL, 57(1), 191–207. https://doi.org/10.2514/1.J057132
Numerical Simulation of Two-Phase Flow Within Aerated-Liquid Injectors
Bornhoft, B. J., Edwards, J. R., & Lin, K.-C. (2019), JOURNAL OF PROPULSION AND POWER, 35(6), 1034–1047. https://doi.org/10.2514/1.B37284
Reflections on the early development of the "AUSM family" of Riemann solvers
Edwards, J. R. (2019). [Review of , ]. SHOCK WAVES, 29(5), 601–609. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00193-018-0863-8

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NCSU American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design Build Fly 2021-2022
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(11/01/21 - 7/15/22)
Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis of a Microchamber for Sampling SVOC Emissions
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(12/02/21 - 12/30/22)
Analysis and Modeling Strategies for Subgrid Turbulence / Chemistry Interactions in High Speed Flows (Paige Drummond)
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(10/01/21 - 9/30/23)
2020-2021 AIAA Design-Build-Fly Team Space Grant Proposal
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(11/01/20 - 7/15/21)
Scale-Resolving Numerical Simulation of Reactive, Two Phase Flows in Hypersonic Propulsion Designs – Part II
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)(3/01/21 - 1/02/23)
Investigations of Self Starting Streamtraced Inlets at Off-Design Conditions
US Navy - Naval Surface Warfare Center(9/09/20 - 7/15/22)
High-Fidelity Numerical Simulations of Inlet / Isolator / Combustor Interactions
US Air Force - Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)(9/24/20 - 11/23/22)
Numerical Simulation of Effervescent Atomization of Salt Water
University of Washington(6/03/21 - 8/15/22)
Tailored Supersonic Flowfields
US Dept. of Defense (DOD)(12/12/19 - 12/14/20)
2019-2020 AIAA Design-Build-Fly Team Space Grant Proposal
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(11/15/19 - 8/01/20)