Kirk, Daniel

Associate Professor and Associate Department Head
Mechanical Aerospace Engineering

Educational Background

B.S. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1997
M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1999
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2002

Professional Experience

Post Doctoral Scholar, Gas Turbine Laboratory, MIT, 2002-2003.

NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA. Vehicle Dynamics Branch (Summer 1997), Hypersonic Air-Breathing Propulsion Branch (Summer 1996), Structural Dynamics Branch (Fall 1995).

Current Research

Development of a transient shock tunnel facility for high speed, compressible flow research.

Measurement of aerodynamic forces on MAGLEV launch vehicle configurations.

Selected Publications

Walczyk, D.F., Lakshmikanthan, J., and Kirk, D., "A Reconfigurable Tool for Forming Aircraft Body Panels," Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 17, No. 4, 1998, pp. 287-296.

Kirk, D.R., Creviston, D.O., and Waitz, I.A., Aeroacoustic Measurement of Transient Hot Nozzle Flows, Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2001, pp. 928-935.

Lukachko, S.P., Kirk, D.R., Waitz, I.A., Turbine Durability Impacts of High Fuel-Air Ratio Combustors, Part 1: Potential for Intra-Turbine Oxidation of Partially-Reacted Fuel, ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. Vol. 125, Issue 3, 2003, pp. 742-750.

Kirk, D.R., Guenette, G.R., Lukachko, S.P., Waitz, I.A., Turbine Durability Impacts of High Fuel-Air Ratio Combustors, Part 2: Near Wall Reaction Effects on a Film-Cooled Flat Plate and Application to Gas Turbine Heat Transfer, ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. Vol. 125, Issue 3, 2003, pp. 751-759.