Past Publications

  • Zhang, J., Goldstein, D. B., Levin, D., Varghese, P., Gimelsheim, N., Gimelshein, N. and Trafton, L., “DSMC Modeling of Gasdynamics, Radiation and Fine Particulates in Ionian Volcanic Jets,” Rarefied Gas Dynamics, ed. Ketsdever, A., and Muntz, P., published by American Institute of Physics, Vol. 663, pp. 704-711, July 2002.

  • Morris, A., et al., “Modeling the Interaction Between a Rocket Plume, Scoured Regolith, and a Plume Deflection Fence”, in Proc. of 13th Earth and Space ASCE Conf. Pasadena, CA, (2012).

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