Mathematical Modeling of Nonlinear Processes in Gas Media Lab

Areas of research include hypersonic flows, numerical simulation, spacecraft engineering, and automated design engineering systems. One of current projects is developing a mathematical modeling system to study high altitude hypersonic aerodynamics of advanced spacecraft within the Reynolds and Knudsen number ranges. The project features a unique combination of high precision and efficiency computing algorithms that allow for live recording of physical effects in a wide range of modes of hypersonic spacecraft motion.

The laboratory was created at MIPT in 2011 as part of the work in the framework of the Russian government grant "Measures to Attract Leading Scientists to Russian Educational Institutions”. 

Research interests of the laboratory include hypersonic flows, computational fluid dynamics, design of space vehicles and CAD systems. 

Main goal of the laboratory is to develop a computational package for mathematical modeling of problems of high-altitude hypersonic aerodynamics of future space vehicles in the complete range of Reynolds and Knudsen numbers. 

The distinguishing feature of the package will be a unique combination of accurate and efficient numerical methods together with the inclusion of real non-equilibrium physics in the wide range of flow regimes of hypersonic vehicles. Planned scientific outcomes of the laboratory: development of applied programs for computational modeling of chemically and thermodynamically non-equilibrium hypersonic flows and heat/mass transfer in the free-molecular, transitional and continuum flow regimes for real-life configurations of space vehicles using the unified physical and mathematical models.


Development of complex application software for mathematical modeling of non-equilibrium thermochemical and thermodynamic hypersonic flows and heat/mass transfer in free-molecule, transition and continuum flows in unified configurations based on existing spacecraft.

Sergey V.Utyuzhnikov

Head of laboratory

The North Caroline State University

Brown University

University of Trento

University of Manchester