Dr. Dunne’s background is in mechanical engineering, specializing in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, combustion, experimental design, and renewable energy systems. Dr. Dunne completed his Ph.D. thesis at the California Institute of Technology measuring dynamic stall on the blades of vertical axis wind turbines. Toward this goal he designed and implemented experimental apparatus, and utilized optical measurement techniques and reduced order modeling to understand the complex fluid dynamics. Through this work he gained extensive experience with water and wind tunnels, mechanical actuation and optical and mechanical sensing.
During his graduate studies at Caltech Dr. Dunne completed teaching assistantships for graduate courses in experimental methods and flow control. Additionally, he served as a machine shop supervisor for graduate and undergraduate research and mechanical design courses and supervised summer students in measurement device fabrication. In this capacity he supervised projects in the control of wake and combustion instabilities, velocity measurement, optical strain measurement, big data analysis, and reduction. Prior to graduate school Dr. Dunne led a small team to design and build a 14” research wind tunnel at Tufts University.
Outside of the laboratory Dr. Dunne applies his knowledge of fluid mechanics to compete internationally in sailing, and was the 2016 North American champion in the international 505 class.
CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS
- Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2016
- M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2012
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, 2010, summa cum laude
Dunne R, Schmid, P.J. McKeon BJ. Analysis of flow timescales on a periodically pitching/surging Arifoil. 2016. AIAA Journal. http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.J054784.
Dunne R, McKeon BJ. Dynamic stall on a pitching and surging airfoil. Experiments in Fluids 2015; 56:157(8). http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00348-015-2028-1.
Dunne R, Tsai, HC, Colonius T, McKeon BJ. Leading edge vortex development on pitching and surging airfoils: A study of vertical axis wind turbines. International Conference on Wakes, Jets and Separated flows, Stockholm, Sweden, June 16-18, 2015. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-30602-5.
Dunne R, McKeon BJ. A study of separation on airfoil undergoing pitch, surge and combined motions. 33rd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, Dallas, TX, June 22-26, 2015, http://arc.aiaa.org/doi/pdf/10.2514/6.2015-2882.
Dunne R, McKeon BJ. Dynamic separation on a pitching and surging airfoil as a model for ow over vertical axis wind turbine blades. 32nd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 16-20, 2014. http://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/6.2014-3142.
Dunne R, McKeon BJ. Vortex shedding from vertical axis wind turbine blades under linear motion. Bulletin of the American Physical Society 2014; 59.
Dunne R, McKeon BJ. Dynamic separation on a pitching and surging airfoil as a model for ow over vertical axis wind turbine blades. Bulletin of the American Physical Society 2013; 58.
Dunne R. McKeon BJ. Experimental investigation of the leading edge vortex on vertical axis wind turbine blades. Bulletin of the American Physical Society 2012; 57.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Member)
American Physical Society (Member)
Tau Beta Pi (Member)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Member)