Donald B. Bliss

Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Associate Professor of the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Donald B. Bliss Profile Photo
Donald B. Bliss Profile Photo

Research Interests

Fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, acoustics, and structural dynamics

Bio

Professor Bliss has broad research interests in fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, acoustics, and structural dynamics. His work emphasizes improved understandings of physical phenomena and the development of innovative ways to solve important engineering problems. Professor Bliss recently developed a general analysis method called Analytical/Numerical matching (ANM) that combines numerical and analytical solutions to gain accuracy and computational efficiency. ANM is currently being applied to a variety of problems in aerodynamics and structural acoustics.

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Much of Professor Bliss' research on fluid flows involves the aerodynamics of lifting surfaces and vortex wakes. For helicopter wakes he has developed curved vortex elements, constant vorticity contour wake models, and influence coefficient techniques. In collaboration with a private company, these have been incorporated into commercially available computer programs used by industry and government to predict helicopter performance, vibration, and noise. Currently, ANM is being used to develop a new unified treatment of lifting surfaces and wakes in unsteady compressible flow. Professor Bliss is also developing a new vortex roll-up analysis, and using ANM to study helicopter blade/vortex interaction.

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In acoustics, Professor Bliss' primary effort is in the application of ANM to structural acoustics, particularly to acoustic scattering from submerged elastic bodies with structural discontinuities. He has also developed a method called Alternate Resonance Tuning (ART) to prevent low frequency sound transmission into flexible wall enclosures, with applications to aircraft interior noise. He also conducts research on mathematical homogenization applied to structural acoustic systems, and on general boundary conditions for bulk-reacting sound absorbing surfaces.

Education

  • B.S.E. Princeton University, 1968
  • M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970
  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1973

Positions

  • Associate Professor of the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Courses Taught

  • ME 676: Advanced Acoustics
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
  • ME 591: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
  • ME 572: Engineering Acoustics
  • ME 571: Aerodynamics
  • ME 536: Compressible Fluid Flow
  • ME 492: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 472: Aircraft Performance