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Brian Helenbrook
Paynter-Krigman Endowed Professor in Engineering
   Science Simulation
357 CAMP
Clarkson University
PO Box 5725
Potsdam, NY 13699-5725

Phone:   315-268-2204       
Fax: 315-268-6695

Educational Background

B.S., University of Notre Dame (1991)
Ph.D., Princeton University (1997)


AE 431 - Gas Dynamics
ES 330 - Fluid Mechanics
ME 326 - Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
ME 527 - Advanced Fluid Mechanics
ME 531 - Computational Fluid Dynamics
ME515 - Introduction to Finite Elements


Dr. Helenbrook research interests are in the development and application of new numerical simulation techniques for fluid-flows; specific flows of interest are two-phase flows and combusting flows. One aspect of this research is the development of new numerical algorithms that are accurate and efficient for practical engineering problems. Some specific numerical techniques of interest for accomplishing this goal are spectral/hp finite element methods, parallel computing, multigrid methods, and preconditioning/iteration techniques.

The second aspect of his research is the application of these algorithms for studying practical engineering problems. Typical problems include the break-up of liquid fuel droplets, spray atomization, flow over boat hulls, wind turbines, and manufacturing processes.  The common link between these projects is fluid mechanics.  For more details on some of his research projects, see his research page <>