Welcome to the Turbulence and Research in Aerospace Climate and Energy Lab (TRACE) website at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Utah.

We work to make our world a better place, by discovering interactions of fluid flows with natural and anthropogenic systems and enabling novel solutions in aerospace, human health, energy efficiency and climate change. At TRACE lab, our work is mostly experimental, using wind tunnels and field campaigns in addition to developing cutting-edge instrumentation to enable spatio-temporally resolved fluid flows. 





News and Updates

Article in NYT reveals the detrimental health effects of noise. It could lead to endocrine disruptions, increased cortisol levels, and ultimately cardiac arrests. Noise issues are progressively worsening as rapid advances in technology, such as drones, and high speed aircraft fail to sufficiently accommodate noise as an important parameter. Check this out! 

Also, pay attention to how simple and intuitive the graphs are in the article! Think about why they are so good:)

Prof. Balantrapu will be teaching 5730/6730 Aerodynamics this Fall [2023] on Tuesday - Thursdays, from 2:00 PM to 3:20 PM. Email agastya.balantrapu@utah.edu if you would like to know more

Building 60 Wind tunnel renovations under progress! Check back for new photographs or come take a peek!

TRACE Lab is acquiring a new PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry) system along with a Digital Image Correlation system that can measure Fluid Structure Interactions!

Interested in joining or collaborating with TRACE Lab?

Please reach out to Prof. Agastya Balantrapu