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How Fluid Dynamics Saved the Space Shuttle

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New FYFD video! In which Dianna Cowern (Physics Girl) joins me to explore boundary layer transition and how a couple of small bits of roughness could be a huge problem for the Space Shuttle during re-entry. A lot of people have asked me what I did for my PhD research, and the truth is, I’ve never really discussed my own work here on FYFD. This video is probably the closest I’ve come. The story I tell about STS-114 is one that appears in the first chapter of my dissertation, and it did, in many respects, motivate my work exploring roughness effects on transition in Mach 6 boundary layers. I hope you enjoy my video, and don’t forget to check out Dianna’s video, too! (Video credit: N. Sharp/FYFD)

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