IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology

IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology

Huidan (Whitney) Yu

  • Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Huidan (Whitney) Yu

SL 260
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  • Peking University, China, Physics, Ph.D., 07/2001
  • Texas A&M University, Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D., 12/2004

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, IUPUI, 8/2017 - 8/2017
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, IUPUI, 8/2011 - 7/2011
  • Keck Foundation Postdoc Fellow, Mechanical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University , 2/2009 - 7/2009
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 8/2005 - 2/2005
  • Research Assistant, Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, 8/2001 - 12/2001

Selected Publications

  • R. Chen, J. Shao, Y. Zheng, H. Yu, Y. Xu, Lattice Boltzmann simulation for complex flow in a solar wall, Comm. Theo. Phys., 59 (2013) 370 - 374., 5/2013
  • 3. H. Yu, K. Kanov, E. Perlman, J. Graham, E. Frederix, R Burns, A. Szalay, G. Eyink and C. Meneveau, “Studying Lagrangian dynamics of turbulence using on-demand fluid particle tracking in a public turbulence database”, Journal of Turbulence, 13 (2012), 1-29., 1/2012
  • L. Chevillard, E. Leveque, F. Taddia, C. Meneveau, H. Yu, and C. Rosales, “Local and nonlocal pressure Hessian effects in real and synthetic fluid turbulence”, Physics of Fluids, 23 (2011), 095208., 2/2011
  • Lavin, T. A., Girimaji, S. S., Suman, S. and Yu, H., Flow-thermodynamics interactions in rapidly-sheared compressible turbulence, Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics, DOI 10.1007/s00162-011-0243-9, 2011., 1/2011
  • 7. H. Yu and C. Meneveau, “Scaling of conditional Lagrangian time correlation functions of velocity and pressure gradient magnitudes in isotropic turbulence”, Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, 85 (2010), 457 – 472., 2/2010
  • H. Yu and C. Meneveau, “Lagrangian Refined Kolmogorov Similarity Hypothesis for Gradient Time-evolution in Turbulent Flows”, Physical Review Letters, 104 (2010), 084502., 1/2010
  • H. Yu, J. Zhang, and N. Li, “Lattice Boltzmann simulation of mass transfer in thermally driven cavity flows”, Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics, 8 (2008), 206 , 3/2008
  • 10. H. Yu and S. S. Girimaji, “Study of axis-switching and stability of laminar rectangular jets using lattice Boltzmann method”, Computers & Mathematics with Application 55 (2008), 1611., 2/2008
  • H. Yu and D. Livescu, "Linear stability analysis of Rayleigh-Taylor instability in cylindrical geometry ", Physics of Fluids, 20 (2008), 104103., 1/2008
  • 11. H. Yu, N. Li, and R. E Ecke, “Scaling in laminar natural convection in laterally heated cavities: Is turbulence essential in the classical scaling of heat transfer? ”, Physical Review E 77 (2007) 026303., 1/2007
  • H. Yu, and S. S. Girimaji, “Extension of compressible ideal-gas RDT to general mean velocity gradients”, Physics of Fluids 19 (2007) 041702., 1/2007
  • 17. H. Yu, S. S. Girimaji, and L-S Luo, “DNS and LES of decaying homogeneous isotropic turbulence with and without system rotations using lattice Boltzmann method”, Journal of Computational Physics 209 (2005) 599-616. , 2/2005
  • H. Yu, and S. S. Girimaji, “Near-field mixing in low aspect ratio rectangular jet turbulent flows”, Physics of Fluids 17 (2005), 125106. , 1/2005
  • 18. H. Yu, L.-S. Luo, and S. S. Girimaji, “Scalar mixing and reaction simulations using lattice Boltzmann method”, International Journal of Computational Engineering Science 156 (2002) 1., 1/2002

Awards, Honors, and Certifications

  • CoPI, “ Collaborative Research: Self-circulating, self-regulating microreactor for on-chip gas generation from liquid reactants”, $196,848, 2013-2015, NSF , 3/2013
  • NSF CAREER Jump Start Award, Sep 2012 – Aug. 2013, $10,000, OVCR, IUPUI, 8/2012
  • PI, “GPU-LBM computation for aerodynamics of high-speed ground transportation vehicles”, International Development Fund (IDF) Grant, $15,000, 2012, IUPUI , 1/2012
  • PI, “Lattice Boltzmann method for turbulent combustion”, Research Support Funds Grant (RSFG), PI, $35,000, 2012, IUPUI, 1/2012


Professor Yu’s research field is in computational fluid dynamics in general with expertise on kinetic theory based lattice Boltzmann method to model and simulate complex flows including turbulence. Her current research focus is to synergistically combine LBM with GPU technology to develop efficient and unique approaches to simulate and visualize real time flow dynamics and flow-wall structure interactions in healthy or diseased human organs (aorta, heart ventricle, ureter, carotid artery, etc. ) segmented from radiological scanning.


1. Lattice Boltzmann method for flow-structure interactions in human organs 2. Lattice Boltzmann method for imaging, e.g. segmentation, de-noising, lightning 3. Turbulence control through PT symmetry 4. Bubble dynamics in reactive multiphase flow