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Engineering Research in Fluid Mechanics for MS

  1. Aug 9, 2017 #1
    Hi Everyone,

    I am currently doing undergraduate program in mechanical engineering. I want to pursue masters after my B.Tech in the field of fluid mechanics and aerospace engineering.I want to know about the prospects of this field in the future research.

    Thanks in advance,

    Ritwik Kulkarni
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  3. Aug 9, 2017 #2
    There are many problems of engineering interest yet to be solved in fluid mechanics. You should not have difficulty finding a problem to work on.
  4. Aug 9, 2017 #3
    I would first ask, how comfortable are you with advanced partial differential equations and computer programming? There some interesting problems left to research but these are often concerned with developing faster numerical methods to solve a particular type of problem. As far as the engineering aspect of fluid mechanics is concerned, you would probably just be learning how to use various types of modelling programs like comsol.
  5. Aug 21, 2017 #4
    I am good with partial differential equations but not the programming part. To be honest, I want to be a tech entrepreneur and want to do something breakthrough in this field. How probable is that and how should I continue further ?
  6. Aug 21, 2017 #5
    If your goal is to design new methods of solving these equations, then you will probably need a PhD in Mathematics and/or Physics to have the proper background. Without this, your chances of making any progress in this field is very low.
  7. Aug 21, 2017 #6
    You can get a PhD in engineering and do this too.
  8. Aug 21, 2017 #7
    I am still in a catch 22 situation where I am not able to decide whether to continue in the fluid mechanics or switch to aerospace department for doing MS.
  9. Aug 21, 2017 #8
    Moreover, I am not able to see how this can be a tech entrepreneur in this field ?
  10. Aug 21, 2017 #9
    It's more of a fundamental research field/industrial skill than an entrepreneur's field. You could conceivably start a company which uses some new mathematical methods (maybe radically new, such as machine learning) but there are already many top tier companies (e.g. comsol) that have the market cornered.
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