Fluids research at U-M has a wide range of applications including:

  • Naval technologies
  • Automotive engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Aircraft technologies
  • Biological models such as the mechanics of fish swimming

We have strong ties to other U-M engineering programs, including Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. 


  • Development of laser-based and other optical measurement techniques to study reactive and non-reactive flows such as those found in combustion and internal combustion engines
  • Multi-dimensional measurement of velocity during thermoplastic injection molding to understand the influence of processing parameters on final part properties and molding time
  • Testing photoacoustic techniques for leak detection and their possible application to the leak testing of automobile parts and other consumer products
  • Experiments to decrease the turbulent boundary layer skin friction of commercial and military transport ships


Sources include:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Office of Naval Research
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • automobile and other commercial industries


  • Turbulence physics
  • Nanoscale biofluidics
  • Multiphase flows
  • Electrical and radiation based tomography
  • Fluid structure interaction
  • Free-surface flows
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Spectral method development

Recent News

ME Associate Professor Nikos Chronis' work focuses on micro and nano electro-mechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) and microfluidics technologies to address both fundamental questions in neuroscience and clinical needs in the medical field.

This device, developed by a multidisciplinary team including ME professors Fu and Kurabayashi, is a microfluidic device that uses a miniscule amount of blood – a mere microliter – to achieve test results in 20 minutes

Liang is recognized for his proposal entitled "CAREER: 2D Nanoelectronic Devices Integrated with Nanofluidic Structures for Biosensing Applications."

A transformative diagnostic tool for rapid measurement of patient immune status, developed through a close collaboration between U-M researchers from the Medical School and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, received NIH funding this past July

The Freeman Scholar Award Program is conducted biennially in even-numbered years. A person of extensive experience in fluids engineering is selected as the Freeman Scholar.

CAREER awards recognize junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research and education