Kader Frendi, Ph.D.

Kader FrendiProfessor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


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  Mechanical Engineering, Brown University 
  Applied Mathematics, Brown University
  Mechanical Engineering, Brown University
  Physics, University of Algiers, Algeria 


Dr. Kader Frendi obtained his graduate degrees from Brown University. In the fall of 1989, he joined Northeastern University in Boston as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. In the fall of 1990, Dr. Frendi joined NASA Langley Research Center as a research contractor in the Structural Acoustics Branch. During his years at NASA Langley, Dr. Frendi supported several key programs starting from the base program, which is fundamental research oriented, to the High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) program and the Hyper-X program (known also as X-43A). Dr. Frendi made key contributions to these programs and his work was published in well-known journals. In the fall of 1999, Dr. Frendi joined the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville as an Associate Professor. Dr. Frendi built a vibrant research program in Computational Fluid Dynamics and more specifically in Unsteady Flows and Acoustics. Dr. Frendi attracted funding for his research from various agencies and NASA centers and built a powerful Beowulf cluster to support his research efforts. A transmission loss facility was also built to test panels and measure acoustic signatures. Dr. Frendi was awarded tenure and promotion to full professor by the fall of 2005. He also received the UAH Foundation Research and Creative Achievement Award and several NASA Certificates of Appreciation. Dr. Frendi served as Chairman of the MAE Department for three years, December 2007 to December 2010. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Propulsion and Power and an Associate Fellow of AIAA. He is also a member of ASME and Sigma Xi and sits on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Madison County.

Research Expertise

  • Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Chemically Reacting Flows
  • Acoustics
  • Fluid-structure-acoustic Interactions
  • Supersonic and Hypersonic Laminar, Transitional and Turbulent Flows

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of an award for an outstanding job as Chairman of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Award given by the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty and staff, December 2010.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Propulsion and Power, Jan 2008 to Present.
  • Member of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Madison County.
  • Recipient of a Certificate of Recognition from NASA Stennis Space Center, July 2006.
  • Recipient of the UAH Foundation Award for Research and Creative Achievement, March 2004.
  • Associate Fellow of AIAA.
  • Member of ASME.
  • Member of the "Order of the Engineer" since 2002.
  • Member of Sigma Xi since 2004.
  • Recipient of a Summer Faculty Fellowship from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, 2000 and 2004.
  • Recipient of several Certificate of Appreciation from NASA Langley Research Center for significant contributions to various programs (HSR, Hyper-X, AST).

Recent Publications

Fisher, A., Frendi, A., and Christopher, S.A., “Using Satellite Remote Sensing to Monitor Rocket Launch Induced Pollution”, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 34, No. 1, January 2013, pp 60-72.

Al Musleh, A., and Frendi, A., “On the Effect of a Flexible Structure on Boundary Layer Stability and Transition”, Journal of Fluids Engineering, Vol. 133, No. 7, July 2011, pp. 071103-1 to 071103-6.

Dunn, M.C., Shotorban, B., and Frendi, A., “Uncertainty Quantification of Turbulence Model Coefficients via Latin Hypercube Sampling Method”, Journal of Fluids Engineering, Vol. 133, No. 4, April 2011, pp. 041402-1 to 041402-041402-7.

Frendi, A., Tosh, A., Girimaji, S." Flow Past a Backward Facing Step: Comparison of PANS, DES and URANS Results with Experiments", International Journal of Computational Methods in Engineering Science and Mechanics, Vol. 8, Issue 1, pp. 23-38, 2006.

Canabal, F., Frendi, A.,"Study of the Ignition Over-Pressure Suppression Technique by Water Addition", Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 43, No. 4, pp. 853-865, 2006.

Abhijit, T., Frendi, A.,"Effect of Decoupled Fluid Loading on Nonlinear Vibration of a Flat Plate", Journal of Fluids & Structures, Vol. 19, pp. 1117-1128, 2004.

Buhler, W. and Frendi, A.,"Effect of Fluid Wall Shear Stress on Nonlinear Beam Vibration", Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 270 (4-5), pp. 793-811, 2004.

Frendi, A.,"On Flow Unsteadiness Induced by Structural Vibration", Journal of Sound and Vibration,Vol. 269, No. 1, pp. 327-343, Jan. 2004.

Frendi, A., Dorland, W.D., Maung, T., Nesman, T. and Wang, T.-S, "A Jet Engine Noise Prediction/Measurement Tool", Journal of Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 112,No. 5, Pt. 1, Nov. 2002.

Frendi, A.,"Accurate Surface Temperature Prediction at High Speeds", Numerical Heat Transfer Part A: Applications, Vol. 41, No. 5, pp. 547-554, April 2002.

Frendi, A., Nesman, T. and Wang, T.-S, "On the Effects of Time Scaling on the Noise Radiated by an Engine Plume", Journal of Sound and Vibration,Vol. 256, No. 5, pp. 969-979, October 2002.

Cockrell Jr., Engelund, W. Bittner, R., Dilley, R., Jentink, T. and Frendi, A., "Integrated Aero-Propulsive CFD Methodology for the Hyper-X Flight Experiment", Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 38, No. 6, pp. 836-843, November-December 2001.

Frendi, A., Nesman, T. and Wang, T.-S, "A Computational and Experimental Study of the Linear Aerospike Engine Noise", AIAA Journal, Vol. 39, No. 8, pp. 1485-1492, August 2001.

Frendi, A., "On the Effects of Wall Shear Stress on Structural Vibrations", AIAA Journal, Vol. 39, No. 4, pp. 737-740, April 2001.