FPCE is a group in the Mechanical Engineering department at Stanford University. FPCE is contributing new theories, models and computational tools for accurate engineering design analysis and control of complex flows (including acoustics, chemical reactions, interactions with electromagnetic waves, plasmas, and other phenomena) of interest in aerodynamics, electronics cooling, environmental engineering, materials processing, planetary entry, propulsion, advanced energy systems, and many other areas. A significant emphasis of FPCE research is on physical modeling and analysis of physical phenomena in engineering systems. FPCE students and research staff are developing new methods and tools for generation, access, display, interpretation and post-processing of large databases resulting from numerical simulations of physical systems. Research in FPCE ranges from advanced simulation of complex turbulent flows to active flow control. The FPCE faculty teach graduate and undergraduate courses in acoustics, aerodynamics, computational fluid mechanics, computational mathematics, fluid mechanics, combustion, and thermodynamics and propulsion.
FPCE is closely connected with the Center for Turbulence Research (CTR), an internationally recognized institution for fundamental research on turbulence, the Predictive Science Academic Alliance II Program (PSAAP II) focusing on predictive simulations of multi-physics flow phenomena with application to integrated hypersonic systems.