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Tadd Truscott

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Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Associate Professor

Assistant Professor

Educational Background

PhD, Mechanical Engineering and Ocean Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009
Cavity dynamics of water entry for spheres and ballistic projectiles.
BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah, 2003

Expertise

Tadd Truscott’s current research interests are in fluid dynamics, novel imaging and experimental methods. By merging different areas of research, he works on problems such as three-dimensional flow field dynamics of rising spheres and cavitation, splash back from streams and droplets, water entry, cavity manipulation, three dimensional imaging techniques, paint splattering and water transport in plants to name a few.


Biography

Tadd received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering in 2003 from the University of Utah (advisor Prof. Patrick McMurtry). As an undergraduate researcher, he helped develop and implement an inertial measurement unit (advisor Prof. Mark Minor) and was employed by the CSAFE laboratory (advisor Prof. Patrick McMurtry) to run rocket nozzle flow visualizations. He received his Ph.D. in June 2009 from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (advisor Prof. Alexandra H. Techet) for research in the field of hydrodynamics. During his graduate studies he studied the effect of wetting angle from surface treatments and dynamic effects on the water entry of spheres. He also studied the stabilization criterion for the water entry of bullets. During his graduate studies he helped pioneer a quantitative 3D imaging technique now known as Synthetic Aperture Particle Image Velocimetry (SAPIV). He continues to develop imaging methods that utilize the basis of this technique. As a professor at BYU he spends a large portion of his summers at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI as a Research Scientist. His research interests span the fields of fluid dynamics, bio-medical flow visualization, ocean-wind-wave renewable energy, micro-fluids, bio-engineering, optics, computational cameras, physics, imaging, flow visualization, photographic techniques, and microbiology.


Teaching Interests

Fluid dynamics Laboratory instruction and methods Experimental Fluid Dynamics Art and Science

Research Interests

Experimental fluid flow phenomena Advanced imaging techniques Water entry Collective behavior of animals

Awards

Milton Van Dyke Gallery of Fluid Motion Poster Winner, 2016

69th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics

Gallery of Fluid Motion Video Winner, 2014

67th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics

Milton Van Dyke Gallery of Fluid Motion Poster Winner, 2014

67th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics

Milton Van Dyke Gallery of Fluid Motion Video Winner, 2013

66th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics

Gallery of Fluid Motion Poster Winner, 2012

65th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics

Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research Fellowship recipient, 2012

Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research Fellowship recipient, 2012

Milton Van Dyke Gallery of Fluid Motion Video Winner, 2011

64th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics

Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research Fellowship recipient, 2011

Poster Gallery Winner, 2011

162 Annual Acoustical Society of America Meeting

Gallery of Fluid Motion Poster Winner, 2009

62th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics

Finalist, 2008

MGH-MIT Career Development Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Research

Gallery of Fluid Motion Poster Winner, 2007

60th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics

Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP) recipient, 2007

Naval Underwater Warfare Center (NUWC)

Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP) recipient, 2006

Naval Underwater Warfare Center (NUWC)

Gallery of Fluid Motion Poster Winner, 2005

58th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics

Best Student Chapter, 2004

Marine Technology Society

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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          Publications - Journal Articles

            Academic Journal

          • Truscott, T., Epps, B.P, Munns, R.H, (2016). Water exit dynamics of buoyant spheres. Physical Review Fluids, 1:7, doi: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.1.074501
          • Pan, Z., Whitehead, J., Thomson, S., Truscott, T., (2016). Error propagation dynamics of PIV-based pressure field calculations: How well does the pressure Poisson solver perform inherently?. Measurement Science and Technology, 27:8, doi: 10.1088/0957-0233/27/8/084012
          • Pan, Z., Pitt, W.G, Zhang, Y., Wu, N., Tao, Y., Truscott, T., (2016). The upside-down water collection system of Syntrichia caninervis. Nature Plants, 2, doi: 10.1038/nplants.2016.76
          • Marston, J.O, Mansoor, M.M, Truscott, T., Thoroddsen, S.T, (2016). Crown sealing and buckling instability during water entry of spheres. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 27, 506-529. doi: 10.1017/jfm.2016.165
          • Marston, J.O, Mansoor, M.M, Thoroddsen, S.T, Truscott, T., (2016). The effect of ambient pressure on ejecta sheets from free-surface ablation. Experiments in Fluids, 57:5, doi: 10.1007/s00348-016-2141-9
          • Belden, J., Hurd, R.C, Jandron, M.A, Bower, A.F, Truscott, T., (2016). Elastic spheres walk on water. Nature Communications, 7, doi: 10.1038/ncomms10551
          • Leete, K., Gee, K., Neilsen, T., Truscott, T., (2015). Mach Stem formation in outdoor measurements of acoustic shocks. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America-Express Letters, 138, doi: 10.1121/1.4937745
          • Marston, J., Truscott, T., Mansoor, M., Thoroddsen, S., (2015). Buckling instability of crown sealing. Physics of Fluids, 27, doi: 10.1063/1.4931097
          • Fanning, T., Mabey, C., Bodily, K., Hurd, R., Pan, Z., Boyer, M., Truscott, T., (2015). Matryoshka cavity. Physics of Fluids, 27, doi: 10.1063/1.4930902
          • Langley, K., Maynes, D., Truscott, T., (2015). Eggs and Milk: Spinning Spheres Partially Immersed in a Liquid Bath. Physics of Fluids, 27, doi: 10.1063/1.4913574
          • Truscott, T., Belden, J., Hurd, R., (2014). Water-skipping stones and spheres. Physics Today, 67, doi: 10.1063/PT.3.2631
          • Langley, K.R, Hardester, E., Thomson, S.L, Truscott, T., (2014). Three-dimensional flow measurements on flapping wings using synthetic aperture PIV. Experiments in Fluids, 55:10, 1–16. doi: 10.1007/s00348-014-1831-4
          • Daily, J., Pendlebury, J., Langley, K., Hurd, R., Thomson, S., Truscott, T., (2014). Catastrophic cracking courtesy of quiescent cavitation. Physics of Fluids, 26, doi: 10.1063/1.4894073
          • Bodily, K.G, Carlson, S.J, Truscott, T., (2014). The water entry of slender axisymmetric bodies. Physics of Fluids (1994-present), 26:7, 072108. doi: 10.1063/1.4890832
          • Truscott, T., Epps, B.P, Belden, J., (2014). Water entry of projectiles. Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, 46, 355–378. doi: 10.1146/annurev-fluid-011212-140753
          • Mazzeo, B.A, Patil, A.N, Hurd, R.C, Klis, J.M, Truscott, T., (2013). Air-coupled impact-echo delamination detection in concrete using spheres of ice for excitation. Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, 33, doi: 10.1007/s10921-013-0215-7
          • Bodily, K., Langley, K., Huey, J., Truscott, T., (2013). A new angle on water entry. Physics of Fluids, 25:9, doi: 10.1063/1.4820125
          • Wright, M.M, Epps, B.P, Dropkin, A., Truscott, T., (2013). Cavitation of a submerged jet. Experiments in fluids, 54:6, 1–21. doi: 10.1007/s00348-013-1541-3
          • Belden, J., Jandron, M.A, Truscott, T., (2013). Physics of elastic spheres skipping on water. Sports Physics
          • Truscott, T., Belden, J., Nielson, J.R, Daily, D.J, Thomson, S.L, (2013). Determining 3D flow fields via multi-camera light field imaging. Journal of visualized experiments: JoVE73, doi: 10.3791/4325
          • Killian, T.W, Klaus, R.A, Truscott, T., (2012). Rebound and jet formation of a fluid-filled sphere. Physics of Fluids (1994-present), 24:12, 122106. doi: 10.1063/1.4771985
          • Truscott, T., Wright, M.M, Langley, K.R, Belden, J., (2012). Holy Balls! Balls that walk on water. Physics of Fluids, 25, 2.031. doi: 10.1063/1.4746071
          • Truscott, T., Epps, B.P, Techet, A.H, (2012). Unsteady forces on spheres during free-surface water entry. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 704, 173–210. doi: 10.1017/jfm.2012.232
          • Belden, J., Ravela, S., Truscott, T., Techet, A.H, (2012). Three-dimensional bubble field resolution using synthetic aperture imaging: application to a plunging jet. Experiments in fluids, 53:3, 839–861. doi: 10.1007/s00348-012-1322-4
          • Techet, A.H, Truscott, T., (2011). Water entry of spinning hydrophobic and hydrophilic spheres. Journal of Fluids and Structures, 27:5, 716–726. doi: 10.1016/j.jfluidstructs.2011.03.014
          • Belden, J., Truscott, T., Axiak, M.C, Techet, A.H, (2010). Three-dimensional synthetic aperture particle image velocimetry. Measurement Science and Technology, 21:12, 125403. doi: 10.1088/0957-0233/21/12/125403/meta
          • Epps, B.P, Truscott, T., Techet, A.H, (2010). Evaluating derivatives of experimental data using smoothing splines. Proceedings of Mathematical Methods in Engineering International Symposium. MMEI
          • La Foy, R.R, Belden, J., Truscott, T., Shih, A.M, Techet, A.H, (2010). Oil droplet in alcohol. Physics of Fluids, 22, doi: 10.1063/1.3483217
          • Aristoff, J.M, Truscott, T., Techet, A.H, Bush, J.W, (2010). The water entry of decelerating spheres. Physics of Fluids (1994-present), 22:3, 032102. doi: 10.1063/1.3309454
          • Truscott, T., Techet, A.H, (2009). A spin on cavity formation during water entry of hydrophobic and hydrophilic spheres. Physics of Fluids (1994-present), 21:12, 121703. doi: 10.1063/1.3272264
          • Truscott, T., Techet, A.H, (2009). Determining 3D Flow Fields Via Multi-camera Light Field Imaging. Journal of Fluid Mechanics
          • Truscott, T., Techet, A.H, Beal, D.N, (2009). Shallow angle water entry of ballistic projectiles. Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Cavitation
          • Truscott, T., Techet, A.H, (2009). Water entry of spinning spheres. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 625, 135–165. doi: 10.1017/S0022112008005533
          • Aristoff, J.M, Truscott, T., Techet, A.H, Bush, J.W, (2008). The water-entry cavity formed by low bond number impacts. Physics of Fluids, 20, doi: 10.1063/1.2973662
          • Techet, A.H, Truscott, T., (2006). Cavity formation in the wake of a spinning sphere impacting the free surface. Physics of Fluids, 18, doi: 10.1063/1.2335903

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                Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                  Publications - Other

                    Other

                  • Truscott, T., (2009). Cavity dynamics of water entry for spheres and ballistic projectiles. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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                  Scheduled Teaching

                  MAE 4400 - Fluids/Thermal Laboratory, Spring 2017

                  MAE 6410 - Fluid Dynamics, Fall 2016

                  MAE 4400 - Fluids/Thermal Laboratory, Fall 2016

                  MAE 4400 - Fluids/Thermal Laboratory, Spring 2016

                  MAE 7930 - Special Problems, Spring 2016

                  MAE 4400 - Fluids/Thermal Laboratory, Fall 2015


                  Graduate Students Mentored

                  Nathan Spiers, June 2015
                  Randy Hurd, June 2015
                  Saberul Islam Sharker, April 2015
                  Jeremy Ellis,
                  Zhao Pan, - May 2016
                  Zachary Smith, - January 2016
                  Eric Hardester, 2015
                  Randy Hurd, - April 2015
                  Jonathon Pendlebury, 2014
                  Kenneth Langley, 2013
                  Kyle Bodily, 2013
                  Randy Munns, 2013
                  David Daily, 2013
                  Joseph Nielson, 2012
                  Bryce McEwen, 2012
                  Michael Wright, 2012
                  Joshua Bryson, 2011