Warren and Leta Giedt Professor and Department Chair C.P. “Case” van Dam
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of California Davis
Davis, CA 95616
Email: cpvandam at ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 752-7741
We are actively involved in a variety of projects including wind tunnel testing of airfoils, wings, and wind energy conversion systems; computational fluid dynamic analysis of airfoils, wings, aircraft, and rotors; and full-scale aerodynamic testing of various systems.
We work closely with engineers and researchers of various companies and institutions on the above problems and this has resulted in long-term cooperative research, development & demonstration efforts with these groups and, subsequently, outstanding job opportunities for the graduates.
One project that is receiving significant recognition is the research on active control of the aerodynamic loads acting on wind turbine blades. Work in this area was initiated at UC Davis in the late 1990s and has now become a major field of research in Europe and the USA.