• Prof. Greg Chini joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at UNH in 1999. Since then, Prof. Chini has also worked as a visiting researcher in the Division of Applied and Computational Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology and in the Theoretical Mechanics Division of the School of Mathematical Sciences at Nottingham University (UK). He is a regular participant in the Annual Woods Hole Summer Program in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics.

    Prof. Chini teaches undergraduate courses in Fluid Dynamics (ME 608) and Thermodynamics (ME 503) along with several advanced fluid dynamics and applied mathematics courses, including Waves in Fluids (ME 7/812), Viscous Flow (ME 909), and Asymptotic Methods (IAM 940). In 2007, Prof. Chini was appointed founding Co-Director of the CEPS Ph.D. Program in Integrated Applied Mathematics.

    Prof. Chini's research interests are in the allied fields of fluid dynamics and physical applied mathematics. His research involves the mathematical modeling of geophysical, environmental, biological and industrial flows. The existence and stability of coherent features (e.g. nonlinear waves, vortices, plumes, and boundary layers) in such flows are of particular interest. Using hybrid analytical-numerical techniques (e.g. asymptotic, variational, and spectral methods), he aims to develop simplified models of complex fluid-mechanical systems; these models are used for identifying key physical processes and for purposes of prediction, design, and control. His specific areas of interest include:

    Geophysical (especially Oceanographic), Environmental, Biological and Industrial Fluid Dynamics
    Mathematical Modeling, Asymptotic and Variational Analysis, Bifurcation Theory, Physical Applied Mathematics, Numerical Solution of PDEs
    Nonlinear Dynamics, Optimal Transport, and Mixing in Turbulent Convection and Boundary Layers
    Elasto-Capillary Phenomena in Biology and Soft Matter, Pulmonary Alveolar Mechanics.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 A uniform momentum zone-vortical fissure model of the turbulent boundary layerJournal of Fluid Mechanics.  858:609-633. 2018
    2018 Strong wave-mean-flow coupling in baroclinic acoustic streamingJournal of Fluid Mechanics.  858:536-564. 2018
    2018 Reduced modeling of porous media convection in a minimal flow unit at large Rayleigh numberJournal of Computational Physics.  371:551-563. 2018
    2018 The influence of a poroelastic till on rapid subglacial flooding and cavity formationJournal of Fluid Mechanics.  855:1170-1207. 2018
    2018 Inclined porous medium convection at large Rayleigh numberJournal of Fluid Mechanics.  837:670-702. 2018
    2017 A self-sustaining process model of inertial layer dynamics in high Reynolds number turbulent wall flows.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences.  375:20160090-20160090. 2017
    2017 Prospectus: towards the development of high-fidelity models of wall turbulence at large Reynolds number.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences.  375:20160092-20160092. 2017
    2016 Generalized Quasilinear Approximation: Application to Zonal Jets.Physical Review Letters.  116:214501. 2016
    2016 Exact coherent structures at extreme Reynolds numberJournal of Fluid Mechanics.  794:1-4. 2016
    2016 Modulated patterns in a reduced model of a transitional shear flowPhysica Scripta.  91:024003-024003. 2016
    2015 Time-stepping approach for solving upper-bound problems: Application to two-dimensional Rayleigh-BĂ©nard convection.Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics.  92:043012. 2015
    2015 Structure and stability of steady porous medium convection at large Rayleigh numberJournal of Fluid Mechanics.  772:197-224. 2015
    2015 Dynamic patterns in the reduced Craik-Leibovich equationsPhysics of Fluids.  27:046605-046605. 2015
    2015 Reduced description of exact coherent states in parallel shear flows.Physical review. E.  91:043010. 2015
    2015 Exact coherent structures in an asymptotically reduced description of parallel shear flowsFluid Dynamics Research.  47:015504-015504. 2015
    2014 Langmuir-Submesoscale Interactions: Descriptive Analysis of Multiscale Frontal Spindown SimulationsJournal of Physical Oceanography.  44:2249-2272. 2014
    2014 Wall to wall optimal transportJournal of Fluid Mechanics.  751:627-662. 2014
    2014 Large-amplitude acoustic streamingJournal of Fluid Mechanics.  744:329-351. 2014
    2013 Computational approaches to aspect-ratio-dependent upper bounds and heat flux in porous medium convectionPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics.  377:2931-2938. 2013
    2012 New upper bounds and reduced dynamical modeling for Rayleigh-Benard convection in a fluid saturated porous layerCommunications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation.  17:2191-2199. 2012
    2011 Two-dimensional streaming flows in high-intensity discharge lampsPhysics of Fluids.  23:056101-056101. 2011
    2011 Low-dimensional models from upper bound theoryPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena.  240:241-248. 2011
    2009 Large Rayleigh number thermal convection: Heat flux predictions and strongly nonlinear solutionsPhysics of Fluids.  21:083603-083603. 2009
    2009 An asymptotically reduced model of turbulent Langmuir circulationGeophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics.  103:179-197. 2009
    2008 Strongly nonlinear Langmuir circulation and Rayleigh-Benard convectionJournal of Fluid Mechanics.  614:39-65. 2008
    2005 Resonant Langmuir-circulation-internal-wave interaction. Part 2. Langmuir circulation instabilityJournal of Fluid Mechanics.  524:99-120. 2005
    2004 Thin-film flows near isolated humps and interior cornersJournal of Engineering Mathematics.  50:289-309. 2004
    2003 Resonant Langmuir-circulation-internal-wave interaction. Part 1. Internal wave reflectionJournal of Fluid Mechanics.  495:35-55. 2003
    2003 An analysis of the Klemp and Durran radiation boundary condition as applied to dissipative internal wavesJournal of Physical Oceanography.  33:2394-2407. 2003
    1995 THERMALLY-INDUCED VIBRATIONS OF A SELF-SHADOWED SPLIT-BLANKET SOLAR-ARRAYJournal of Spacecraft and Rockets.  32:302-311. 1995
    Exact coherent structures in a reduced model of parallel shear flow

    Conference Proceeding

    Year Title

    Teaching Activities

  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2019
  • Thermodynamics Taught course 2019
  • Waves in Fluids Taught course 2019
  • Asymptotic&Perturbation Methds Taught course 2018
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2018
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2018
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2017
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2017
  • Thermodynamics Taught course 2017
  • Waves in Fluids Taught course 2016
  • Thermodynamics Taught course 2016
  • Viscous Flow Taught course 2016
  • Asymptotic&Perturbation Methds Taught course 2015
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2015
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2014
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2014
  • Thermodynamics Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. AerospaceAero&AstornauticalEng, University of Virginia
  • M.S. AerospaceAero&AstornauticalEng, Cornell University
  • Ph.D. AerospaceAero&AstornauticalEng, Cornell University
  • Full Name

  • Gregory Chini