Chang-kwon Kang, Ph.D.

2013  Kang pg 2Assistant Professor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


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  Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan 
  Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
  Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands


Dr. Chang-kwon Kang received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, where he stayed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow until 2013. He joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2013 as an Assistant Professor. He has coauthored numerous journal and conference papers on flapping wing aerodynamics and the Cambridge University Press book “An Introduction to Flapping Wing Aerodynamics”. His interests are in flapping wing unsteady aerodynamics, Micro-Air Vehicles, locomotion of biological and robotic flyers/swimmers, modeling of complex, multi-disciplinary physical systems, and high performance computing.

Research Expertise

  • Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • Flapping Wing Aerodynamics
  • Fluid-structure Interaction
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Modeling and Analysis of Complex Systems
  • Surrogate Modeling

Honors & Awards

  • NATO RTO Scientific Achievement Award (AVT-149, Chair: Dr. Michael Ol), 2011

Recent Publications

Shyy, W., Aono, H., Kang, C. and Liu, H. An Introduction To Flapping Wing Aerodynamics, Cambridge University Press, 2013

Kang, C. and Shyy, W., Scaling and Lift Generation of Hovering Flexible Wing of Insect Size,” Journal of Royal Society Interface, Vol. 10, Nr. 85, 2013

Vandenheede, R., Bernal, L. P. B., Morrison, C., Gogulapati, A., Friedmann, P. P., Kang, C., and Shyy, W., "Comparison of Experiments on Bio-inspired Hover Kinematics with the Unsteady Vortex Model and CFD," AIAA Journal, accepted for publication

Kang, C., Aono, H., Baik, Y.S., Bernal, L.P., and Shyy, W., “Fluid Dynamics of Pitching and Plunging Flat Plate at Reynolds Number of O(104),” AIAA Journal, Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 315-329, 2013

Kang, C., Aono, H., Cesnik, C.E.S., and Shyy, W., “Effects of Flexibility on the Aerodynamic Performance of Flapping Wings,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 689, pp. 32 - 74, 2011; also AIAA-2011-3121

Trizila, P., Kang, C., Aono, H., Visbal, M., and Shyy, W., "Low-Reynolds-Number Aerodynamics of a Flapping Rigid Flat Plate," AIAA Journal, Vol. 49, No. 4, pp. 806 - 823, 2011

Shyy, W., Aono, H., Chimakurthi, S, Trizila, P., Kang, C., Cesnik, C., and Liu, H.,, "Recent Progress in Flapping Wing Aerodynamics and Aeroelasticity", Progress in Aerospace Sciences, Vol. 48, Nr. 7, pp. 284-327, 2010

Ol, M., Bernal, L., Kang, C., and Shyy, W., "Shallow and Deep Dynamic Stall for Flapping Low Reynolds Number Airfoils", Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 46, Nr. 5, pp. 883-901, 2009

Shyy, W., Trizila, P., Kang, C., Aono, H., "Can Tip Vortices Enhance Lift of a Flapping Wing?", AIAA Journal, Vol. 47, pp. 289-293, 2009