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Farnsworth, John A

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research overview

  • Dr. Farnsworth's research is focused in the areas of understanding and controlling complex three-dimensional unsteady flow fields for aerodynamic applications. These topics include, but are not limited to: fluid-structure interactions, turbulence, highly three-dimensional regions of flow separation, and the design of novel fluidic actuators for flow control. To accomplish these tasks Dr. Farnsworth focuses on the implementation of experimental methods, primarily in the area of low speed wind tunnel testing.


  • experimental fluid dynamics, unsteady aerodynamics, flow control, fluid-structure interaction, renewable energy


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courses taught

  • ASEN 3111 - Aerodynamics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    Develops the fundamental concepts of aerodynamics and provides a working knowledge for their application to the design of aircraft and launch vehicles operating at various speeds and altitudes, as well as the atmospheric forces on satellites.
  • ASEN 3802 - Aerospace Sciences Lab II
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Provides an intermediate laboratory experience in aerospace sciences, with a focus on aerodynamics, structural mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer. Emphasizes design and analysis of experiments, processing and analysis of experimental data, and model validation using experimental data.
  • ASEN 5051 - Fluid Mechanics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2022
    Highlights physical properties of gases and liquids; kinematics of flow fields; and equations describing viscous, heat-conducting Newtonian fluids. Emphasizes exact solutions and rational approximations for low and high speed dissipative flows, surface and internal waves, acoustics, stability, and potential flows.
  • ASEN 5121 - Boundary Layers and Convection
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    This course presents an introduction to the principles of viscous fluid flow and methods for performing engineering calculations of quantities such as skin friction and heat transfer rates in boundary layers. The first portion of the course material will focus on basic principles of fluid mechanics. We will derive the Navier-Stokes equations and discuss some simple solutions to these equations. The second portion of the course will concentrate on the application of these principles to boundary layers. We will derive the boundary layer equations and discuss their approximate and almost exact solutions. Formerly offered as a special topics course. Recommended prerequisite: ASEN 3111 and/or ASEN 5051.
  • ASEN 5519 - Selected Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Reflects upon specialized aspects of aerospace engineering sciences. Course content is indicated in the online Class Search. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: varies.
  • ASEN 5940 - Engineering Research Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Grants credit to foreign visiting graduate students for conducting research within the Aerospace Engineering Sciences department. Credits can be transferred to the student's home institution. CU-Boulder students may also receive credit for conducting research outside of the university, either overseas or in the US.
  • ASEN 6011 - Experimental Fluid Mechanics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2023
    This course presents an intermediate level introduction into the theory and practice of performing experimental measurements in fluid mechanics. The fundamental principles and definitions associated with instrumentation, measurement procedures, data analysis, and uncertainty quantification will be discussed. A specific focus will be placed on the application of a variety of measurement techniques in low-speed aerodynamic environments. A selection of measurement techniques will be extensively studied and applied including: classical pressure and temperature measurements, thermal (hot-wire) anemometry, laser doppler anemometry, particle image velocimetry, surface and field flow visualization techniques, schlieren and shadowgraph photography techniques. Undergraduates may enroll with instructor permission. Previously offered as a special topics course.
  • ASEN 6519 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
    Reflects upon specialized aspects of aerospace engineering sciences. Course content is indicated in the online Schedule Planner. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: varies.
  • ASEN 6949 - Master's Candidate for Degree
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
  • ASEN 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2023
  • MCEN 5021 - Introduction to Fluid Dynamics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Focuses on physical properties of gases and liquids, and kinematics of flow fields. Analyzes stress; viscous, heat-conducting Newtonian fluids; and capillary effects and surface-tension-driven flow. Other topics include vorticity and circulation, ideal fluid flow theory in two and three dimensions, Schwartz-Christoffel transformations, free streamline theory, and internal and free-surface waves.


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