Raphael Perez

Raphael Perez
Mentor: Dr. Lawrence Ukeiley
College of Engineering
"I got involved with research because I am interested in going into graduate school to further study the thermal sciences and fluid mechanics. I wanted to take on this project because it would give me the opportunity to further explore my field of interest before finishing my undergrad in a way that is not possible in class."


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering



Research Interests

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program


  • SHPE

Hobbies and Interests

  • Cooking
  • Reading

Research Description

Fluid-Structure Interactions of a Thin Membrane Wing in an Airflow

Flexible membrane wings have been widely used in small aerodynamic systems and have led to many beneficial characteristics. They are lightweight, efficient and have led to more stable flight. The purpose of this work is to better understand the relationship between a membrane wing and the flow over it, which would lead us to design more efficient wings. This project focuses on finding the frequency at which the membrane on the wing vibrates in the flow at different angles of attack and develop a model for the behavior.