Past Publications

  • Roveda, R., Goldstein, D. and Varghese, P., “A Combined Discrete Velocity/Particle Based Numerical Approach for Continuum/Rarefied Flows,” AIAA Paper 97-1006, 35th Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Reno NV, 1997.

  • Morris, A., Varghese, P., Goldstein, D. “Plume Impingement on a Dusty Lunar Surface”. Rarefied Gas Dynamics, 27th International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics, 2010, Pacific Grove, CA, July 2010. Ed. D. Levin, I. Wysong & A. Garcia, AIP Vol. 1333, 2011.

Graduate Opportunities

We welcome interest in our work from potential graduate students with exceptional skills and a background in Aerospace Engineering and/or Physics.


In the Computational Fluid Physics Laboratory (CFPL) we generally use computer modeling to understand the detailed physics of fluid dynamics. Our work covers a broad range of physical parameters (Reynolds numbers, Mach numbers, Knudsen numbers…..) as well as a range of applications. We are currently examining drag reduction methods for airplanes and ships via direct numerical simulation (DNS) of the Navier Stokes equations, how best to model rarefied gas dynamics with the direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method or the discrete velocity Boltzmann equation, and how to relate astronomical observations of the rarefied atmospheres of some moons and planets (Io, Enceladus, Pluto and the Moon) to the actual physics of the atmospheric flows.

Research in the CFPL is currently being supported by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), NASA through the Planetary Atmospheres, Outer Planets Research, Cassini Data Analysis, and LASER programs, the Department of Energy through the PECOS PSAAP center, and computational resources are provided by UT’s Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).


Professor David B. Goldstein
(512) 471-4187
210 E 24th St, 313C W. R. Woolrich Laboratory
1 University Station, C0600
Austin, TX 78705