Kenneth Granlund

Assistant Professor

  • 919-513-1805
  • Engineering Building III (EB3) 3314

Dr. Granlund is interested in unsteady experimental fluid mechanics, vortex dynamics and flow control.

The graduate students working under his direction are curious, motivated, and open to new ideas. A large part of research is to combine knowledge from several disciplines to solve difficult problems in easier ways. Dr. Granlund’s role as an advisor is to point students in the right direction and away from pitfalls while they train to become independent researchers.

Outside of work, Dr. Granlund enjoy hiking, bicycling and spending time with family outdoors.


Ph.D. 2009

Aerospace Engineering

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

M.Sc. 2003

Vehicle Engineering

Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)

Research Description

Dr. Granlund's long term goal is to gain a deeper understanding of separated unsteady, separated flows and develop physics-based low-order force models for maneuvering and control of air vehicles. Unsteady fluid mechanics exist in in several different areas such as helicopter rotor aerodynamics, wind turbines, Micro Air Vehicle flapping flight, high-rate maneuvering conventional aircraft, where the object is unsteady, as well as gusting air with unsteady inflow. In many of these research problems, the freestream has rarely been varied; it is usually assumed to be constant and uniform. Dr. Granlund's research expands the knowledge of how streamwise velocity fluctuations affect "standard" unsteady fluid dynamic problems.

Honors and Awards

  • AIAA Associate Fellow, 2020


Back-imaging of polymer-ceramic pressure-sensitive paint
Turpin, A. M., Granlund, K. O., Hayashi, T., & Sakaue, H. (2021), MEASUREMENT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 6.
Finite wing lift during water-to-air transition
Weisler, W. A., Waghela, R., Granlund, K., & Bryant, M. (2021), PHYSICAL REVIEW FLUIDS, 6(5).
Low-frequency, spanwise oscillation in a finite-width cavity at Mach 1.5
Turpin, A. M., Speth, R. L., Sherer, S. E., & Granlund, K. O. (2021), PHYSICS OF FLUIDS, 7.
Modeling, simulation, and equilibrium analysis of tethered coaxial dual-rotor ocean current turbines
Metoyer, R., Chatterjee, P., Elfering, K., Bryant, M., Granlund, K., & Mazzoleni, A. (2021), ENERGY CONVERSION AND MANAGEMENT, 9.
Experimental analysis of dual coaxial turbines in skew
Metoyer, R., Chatterjee, P., Elfering, K., Bryant, M., Granlund, K., & Mazzoleni, A. (2020), Ocean Engineering, 215, 107877.
Heaving Inverted Wing in Extreme Ground Effect
Lab-Scale, Closed-Loop Experimental Characterization, Model Refinement, and Validation of a Hydrokinetic Energy-Harvesting Ocean Kite
Siddiqui, A., Naik, K., Cobb, M., Granlund, K., & Vermillion, C. (2020), JOURNAL OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS MEASUREMENT AND CONTROL-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 142(11).
Lift Equivalence and Cancellation for Airfoil Surge-Pitch-Plunge Oscillations
Elfering, K. H., & Granlund, K. O. (2020), AIAA JOURNAL, 58(11), 4629–4643.
Supersonic Cavity Flow Subjected to Continuous and Transient Leading-Edge Blowing
Turpin, A. M., Chin, D., & Granlund, K. (2020, October), AIAA JOURNAL, Vol. 58, pp. 4415–4425.
Time-Dependent Aerodynamic Loads on Single and Tandem Stores in a Supersonic Cavity
Chin, D., Turpin, A., & Granlund, K. (2020), JOURNAL OF AIRCRAFT, Vol. 57, pp. 702–714.

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