Department of

Aerospace Engineering

Dennis K McLaughlin

Kenneth S. Brentner, Ph.D.

Professor of Aerospace Engineering

233 Hammond Building

Penn State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6433 / Fax: 814-865-7092




Doctor of Philosophy – 1991 – University of Cambridge, Corpus Christi College Cambridge, Cambridge, England, Thesis Title: “The Sound of Moving Bodies.”  (Advisor:  J. E. Ffowcs Williams)

Master of Science – 1987 – The George Washington University, Joint Institute for the Advancement of Flight Sciences, Hampton, Virginia.  (Advisor:  M. K. Myers)

Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering(with highest distinction)1983 – Purdue University, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Research Interests

Research interests focus on rotorcraft and aircraft aeroacoustics, computational aeroacoustics, fluid mechanics, computational fluid dynamics, and high performance computing.  Specific areas of research include rotor source noise prediction, prediction and characterization of rotorcraft noise in maneuvering flight, prediction of landing gear noise and other types of airframe noise. Recent research activities include the development of the rotorcraft noise prediction code PSU-WOPWOP which is able to predict noise from a rotorcraft with multiple rotors in both steady and maneuvering flight; prediction of noise generation and propagation from wind turbines; development of a component based landing gear noise prediction system; and investigation of soot combustion in underexpanded jet plume flows.