Peter Hamlington
Associate Professor

Department: Mechanical Engineering
Education: PhD, Aerospace Science, University of Michigan Ann Arbor; MS, Aerospace Science, University of Michigan Ann Arbor; BA, Physics, University of Chicago
Teaching: MCEN 5020 Methods of Engineering Analysis, MCEN 6001 Reacting Flows, MCEN 7221 Turbulence
Research: Large-scale numerical simulations on high performance computing systems, with a focus on: Turbulent flows, wildland fires, ocean biogeochemistry, geophysical fluid dynamics, ocean and wind renewable energy, reacting flows, combustion, aerospace propulsion, and industrial processing. Simulations are used to understand fundamental flow physics, to guide the development of improved reduced order models, and for optimization, parameter estimation, and uncertainty quantification. 
Office: ECME 222

Honors: 

  • Outstanding Service Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder (2019)
  • AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Best Paper from the 2019 AIAA SciTech Forum (2019)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Combustion and Fire Sciences Program (2019)
  • Woodward Outstanding Faculty Award, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder (2017) 
  • Dean’s Fellowship, College of Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder (2017)
  • Distinguished Paper on Turbulent Flames, 36th International Symposium on Combustion (2016)
  • Herb and Karen Vogel Faculty Fellowship, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder (2013-Present) 
  • Outstanding Graduate Educator Award, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder (2013)
  • National Research Council Research Associateship, Naval Research Lab, Washington, DC (2009)
  • College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan Ann Arbor (2009)
  • Karen and Paul Van Weelden Fellowship, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan Ann Arbor (2006)
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, University of Michigan Ann Arbor (2006)

Recent Publications with undergraduate students:
* indicates undergraduate student

  1. S. A. Mason*, P. E. Hamlington , B. D. Hamlington, W. M. Jolly, and C. M. Hoffman. Effects of Climate Oscillations on Burning Index Variability in the United States. Geophysical Research Letters, 44:7002–7010, 2017.  
  2. B. D. Hamlington, P. E. Hamlington , S. G. Collins*, S. R. Alexander**, and K.-Y. Kim. Effects of Climate Oscillations on Wind Resource Variability in the United States. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(1):145–152, 2015. 

Recent Publications with graduate students:
** indicates graduate student

  1. C. Lapointe** , N. T. Wimer**, J. F. Glusman, A. S. Makowiecki, J. W. Daily, G. B. Rieker, and P. E. Hamlington. Efficient simulation of turbulent diffusion flames in openfoam using adaptive mesh refinement. Fire Safety Journal, 111:102934, 2020. 
  2. A. S. Makowiecki, J. E. Steinbrenner, N. T. Wimer**, J. F. Glusman, C. B. Lapointe**, J. W. Daily, P. E. Hamlington, and G. B. Rieker. Dual Frequency Comb Spectroscopy of Solid Fuel Pyrolysis and Combustion: Quantifying the Influence of Moisture Content in Douglas Fir. Fire Safety Journal, 116:103185, 2020. 
  3. J. Quick**, J. King, R. N. King, P. E. Hamlington, and K. Dykes. Wake steering optimization under uncertainty. Wind Energy Science, 5:413–426, 2020. 
  4. N. T. Wimer**, M. S. Day, C. Lapointe**, A. S. Makowiecki, J. F. Glusman, J. W. Daily, G. B. Rieker, and P. E. Hamlington. High-resolution numerical simulations of a large-scale helium plume using adaptive mesh refinement. Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00162-020-00548-6, 2020. 
  5. N. T. Wimer**, C. Lapointe**, J. D. Christopher**, S. P. Nigam**, T. R. S. Hayden, A. Upadhye, M. A. Strobel, G. B. Rieker, and P. E. Hamlington. Scaling of the puffing strouhal number for buoyant jets and plumes. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 895:A26, 2020. 
  6. J. F. Glusman**, K. E. Niemeyer, A. S. Makowiecki, N. T. Wimer**, C. Lapointe**, G. B. Rieker, P. E. Hamlington, and J. W. Daily. Reduced Gas-Phase Kinetic Models for Burning of Douglas Fir. Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering, 5:40, 2019. 
  7. S. A. Wieland**, P. E. Hamlington, S. J. Reckinger, and D. Livescu. Effects of isothermal stratification strength on vorticity dynamics for single-mode compressible Rayleigh-Taylor instability. Physical Review Fluids, 4:093905, 2019. 
  8. K. M. Smith**, P. E. Hamlington, K. Niemeyer, B. Fox-Kemper, and N. Lovenduski. Effects of Langmuir Turbulence on Upper Ocean Carbonate Chemistry. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, doi: 10.1029/2018ms001486, 2018. 
  9. R. N. King**, K. Dykes, P. Graf, and P. E. Hamlington. Optimization of wind plant layouts using an adjoint approach. Wind Energy Science, 2:115–131, 2017. 
  10. K. M. Smith**, P. E. Hamlington, and B. Fox-Kemper. Effects of submesoscale turbulence on ocean tracers. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 121(1):908–933, 2016. 
  11. N. Suzuki, B. Fox-Kemper, P. E. Hamlington, and L. P. Van Roekel. Surface Waves Affect Frontogenesis. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 121(5):3597–3624, 2016. 
  12. S. R. Alexander** and P. E. Hamlington. Analysis of turbulent bending moments in tidal current boundary layers. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 7:063118, 2015. 
  13. K. McCaffrey**, B. Fox-Kemper, P. E. Hamlington, and J. Thomson. Characterization of turbulence anisotropy, coherence, and intermittency at a prospective tidal energy site: Observational data analysis. Renewable Energy, 76:441–453, 2015.