Fernando Ponta

Fernando Ponta

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Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

  • Postdoctoral, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • PhD, University of Buenos Aires
  • BE, Mechanical Engineering, University of Buenos Aires

Biography

Fernando Ponta, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University, earned his engineering degree and PhD at the University of Buenos Aires. Before coming to Michigan Tech in 2007, he was for three years a Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Ponta's area of expertise is in theoretical and computational continuum mechanics, vortex dynamics, and advanced numerical methods for fluid-structure interaction analysis; especially as they apply to the study of wind-turbine aerodynamics and other energy systems utilizing renewable-energy sources. His research has resulted in more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, and 3 book chapters. Dr. Ponta has been awarded a 2010 Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation to help reduce the uncertainties related to wind turbine blade dynamics. He was also awarded the Gold Medal for Best Scientific Paper, at the Fifth World Renewable Energy Congress (Florence, Italy, September 1998), for a work in innovative wind-power concepts.

Research Interests

  • Theoretical and Computational Fluid Mechanics
  • Vortex Dynamics
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Wind-Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Renewable-Energy Sources
  • Energy Systems

Areas of Expertise

  • Theoretical and Computational Fluid Mechanics
  • Vortex Dynamics
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Wind-Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Renewable-Energy Sources
  • Energy Systems

Recent Publications

  • F. Ponta, J. Seminara, A. Otero; “On the Aerodynamics of Variable-Geometry Oval-Trajectory Darrieus Wind Turbines”, Renewable Energy, Elsevier; 2007, Vol. 32, 35-56.
  • F. Ponta; “The KLE method: a velocity-vorticity formulation for the Navier-Stokes equations”, Journal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions of the ASME; 2006, Vol. 73, 1031-1038.
  • F. Ponta, H. Aref; “Numerical Experiments on Vortex Shedding from an Oscillating Cylinder”; Journal of Fluids and Structures, Elsevier; 2006, Vol. 22, 327-344.
  • F. Ponta; “The Kinematic Laplacian Equation Method”; Journal of Computational Physics, Academic Press; 2005, Vol. 207, p. 405-426.
  • F. Ponta, H. Aref; “Vortex synchronization regions in shedding from oscillating cylinders”; Physics of Fluids, American Institute of Physics; 2005, Vol. 17, p. 011703.
  • F. Ponta, H. Aref; “Strouhal-Reynolds Number Relationship for Vortex Streets”; Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society; 2004, Vol. 93, p. 084501.
  • F. Ponta, P. Jacovkis; “A Vortex Model for Darrieus Turbine Using Finite Element Techniques”; Renewable Energy, Elsevier; 2001, Vol. 24, 1-18