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


Autonomous Closed-Loop Experimental Characterization and Dynamic Model Validation of a Scaled Underwater Kite
Abney, A., Reed, J., Naik, K., Bryant, S., Herbert, D., Leonard, Z., … Vermillion, C. (2022), JOURNAL OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS MEASUREMENT AND CONTROL-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 7.
Novel Surface Flow-Reversal Sensor Applied to Detection of Airfoil Stall
Aleman, M. A., Gopalarathnam, A., & Granlund, K. (2022, May 13), JOURNAL OF AIRCRAFT, Vol. 5, pp. 1–8.
Store Separation Trajectory Clusters from Machine Learning
Gothard, W. D., & Granlund, K. O. (2022), JOURNAL OF AIRCRAFT.
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.
Supersonic cavity flow with a downstream-sliding door
Turpin, A. M., Granlund, K. O., Hayashi, T., & Sakaue, H. (2021), EXPERIMENTS IN FLUIDS, 12.
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

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