Chunpei Cai

Chunpei Cai


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  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, the University of Michigan (2005)
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University (1999)
  • M.S. Fluid Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1997)
  • B.Eng, Naval Architecture, Harbin Engineering University (1994)

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Fluid dynamics
  • Aerospace and space engineering
  • Computational fluid dynamics

Research Interests

  • Rarefied and non-equilibrium gas dynamics
  • Plasma simulations
  • Electric propulsion
  • Computational fluid dynamics

Recent Publications

  • Zhang, Kai, Cai, Chunpei, and Cooke, David, "Simple Relations for Electron Temperature and Potential in Dilute Cold Plasma Flows," Physics of Plasmas, Vol. 25, Article 012128, 7 pages, online Jan 2018. DOI: 10.1063/1.5010768  Read More
  • Cai, C., and He, X., "Detailed Flowfield and Surface Properties for High Knudsen Number Planar Jet Impingement at an Inclined Flat Plate," Physics of Fluids, Vol 28, No. 5, Article No. 056103, 30 pages, May 2016. DOI: 10.1063/1.4948365 Read More
  • Cai, C., "Numerical Simulations of High Enthalpy Flows Around Entry Bodies," Chinese Journal of Aeronautics, Vol 29, No.2, pp.326-334,, April, 2016. DOI:10.1016/j.cja.2016.02.009 Read More
  • Cai, C., and Cooke, D., "A Simple Model For Electron Temperature In Dilute Plasma Flows", Physics of Plasma, Vol.23, 103513October, 2016. doi: Read More
  • Cai, C., He, X., and Zhang, K., "Comprehensive Studies on Rarefied Jet and Jet Impingement Flows With Gaskinetic Methods", Communication in Computational Physics, Vol.23, No.3, pp.712-741, Sept.2017. Read More
  • Cai, C., "A New Gaskinetic Model to Analyze Facility or Dilute Background Flow Effects on Weak Gaseous Jet Flows From Electric Propulsion Devices", Aerospace, Vol.4, No.5. Read More
  • Cai, C., "Gaskinetic Modeling on Dilute Gaseous Plume Impingement Flows", Aerospace, Vol.3, No.4, pp.43. doi:10.3390/aerospace3040043. Read More
  • He, X., and Cai, C., "Near Continuum Velocity and Temperature Coupled Compressible Boundary Layer Flow over a Flat Plate", Brazilian Journal of Physics, available on line, Feb.2017. doi:10.1007/s13538-017-0488-x Read More
  • Cai, C., "An Improved Electron Pre-Sheath Model for TSS-1R Current Enhancement Computation", Vol.4, No.15, 2017. doi:10.3390/aerospace4010016. Read More
  • Li, J., and Cai, C., "Numerical Studies on Thermal Transpiration Flows", Physics of Fluids, under review. Read More
  • Cai, C., Zhang, K., and Cooke, D., "Two Simple Relations For Electron Temperature and Potentials in Unsteady, Cold Plasma Flows," Physics of Plasma, under review.