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 Professor, Steve Skerlos, has raised $8 million with help of Michigan Investment in New Technology Startups, among other supporters. 

In his internationally recognized laboratory, Ceccio conducts novel experiments to better understand the complex dynamics of cavitation and other multiphase bubbly flows at the macro and micro scales.

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