Karen A. Flack

 

Professor

Mechanical Engineering Department

United States Naval Academy

590 Holloway Road

Annapolis, MD 21402-5042

(410) 293-6509

Fax (410) 293-3041

flack@usna.edu

 

 

Education:                

Stanford University,   (Jul 89 - Jul 93)

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering

Dissertation "Near‑Wall Investigation of Three‑Dimensional

Turbulent Boundary Layers"                    

 

 

University of California, Berkeley,  (Aug 08 – Jun 89))

Masters of Science, Mechanical Engineering

 

                         

Rice University,  (Aug 82 - May 86)

Bachelors of Science, Mechanical Engineering

                                        

                               

Research Areas:     

Turbulent Boundary Layers

Evaporative Heat Transfer

Gas Turbine Cooling

 

 

Professional Experience:     

Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (Aug 04 – present))

Associate Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (Aug 98 – Aug 04)

Assistant Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (Aug 93 – Aug 98)

Wind Tunnel Test Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center, (Jan 88- Aug 88)

Mission Controller, NASA Johnson Space Center, (Jun 86 – Jan 88))

 

 

Recent Journal Publications:

 

Flack, K.A., Schultz, M.P., Connelly, J.S., “Examination of a Critical Roughness Height for Boundary Layer Similarity,” Physics of Fluids, Vol. 19, 095104, 2007.

 

Schultz, M.P., Flack, K.A., "The Rough-Wall Turbulent Boundary Layer from the Hydraulically Smooth to the Fully Rough Regime," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 580, pp. 381-405, 2007.

 

Coulthard, S.M, Volino, R.J., Flack, K.A., “Effect of Jet Pulsing on Film Cooling, Part 1, Effectiveness and Flowfield Temperature Results,” ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, Vol. 129 (2), pp. 232-246, 2007.

 

Connelly, J.S., Schultz, M.P., Flack, K.A., “Velocity Defect Scaling for Turbulent Boundary Layers with a Range of Relative Roughness, Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 40, pp. 188-195, 2006.

 

Flack, K.A., Schultz, M.P., and Shapiro. T.A., “Experimental Support for Townsend’s Reynolds Number Similarity Hypothesis on Rough Walls, Physics of Fluids, Vol. 17, 2005. 

 

Awards:                   

                                       2004 ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering Best Research Paper, Robert T. Knapp Award

 

                                       2001 Pi Tau Sigma Teaching Excellence Award