Washington University in St. Louis


David Peters

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
The McDonnell Douglas Professor of Engineering
Professor Peters has been a member of the Washington University in St. Louis faculty since 1975. He joined Washington University after serving as an aerospace engineering professor at Georgia Tech.

From 1969 to 1970, Professor Peters was an associate engineer at McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co. in St. Louis after working as a research scientist in the Army Air Mobility R&D Laboratory.

Currently, Professor Peters is the Director of Washington University's Center for Computational Mechanics and the Associate Director of Georgia Tech/Washington University Center of Excellence for Rotor Technology. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgia Tech.
Additionally, Professor Peters is the recipient of the following awards: Nikolsky Lectureship of the American Helicopter Society, 2008; Reed Aeronautics Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astornautics, 2011; Spirit of St. Louis Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2013.
Professor Peters's research projects in rotor wake modeling seek to correctly model the dynamic motions that profoundly influence vehicle dynamics of airplane propellers, helicopters, and tilt rotors.

His other research interests include aero elasticity modeling of helicopter rotors and wind turbines with unsteady aerodynamics and nonlinear structural deformations and response to stalling.
Selected Publications

Peters, David A., "How Dynamic Inflow Survives in the Competitive World of Rotorcraft Aerodynamics," the 2008 Alexander Nikolsky Lecture, Journal of the American Helicopter Society, Vol. 53, No. 1, January 2009, pp. 1-15.

Bain, Jeremy, Sankar, Lakshmi, Prasad, J.V.R., Peters, David, and He, Chengjian, "Computational Modeling of Variable Droop Leading Edge in Forward Flight," Journal of Aircraft, Vo. 46, No. 2, March-April 2009, pp. 617-626.

Peters, David A., Hsieh, Antonio, and Garcia-Duffy, Cristina, "A Complete Finite-State Inflow Theory from the Potential Flow Equations," Keynote Lecture, 3rd International Basic Research Conference on Rotorcraft Technology, Nanjing, China, Oct. 14-16, 2009.

Garcia-Duffy, Cristina, Hsieh, Antonio, and Peters, Davd A., "A Complete Nonlinear Induced Flow Theory for Rotors in Incompressible Flow," 11th Pan-American Congress of Applied Mechanics -- PACAM XI, Foz do Iquaçu, Peraná, Brazil, January 4-8, 2010.

Ahaus, Loren and Peters, David A., "Unified Airloads Model for Morphing Airfoils in Dynamic Stall," Proceedings of the AHS Specialist's Conference on Aeromechanics, San Francisco, January 20-22, 2010.

Selected Research

High-Fidelity Analysis & Optimization of Active Blades for Vibration/Noise Suppression, Army Rotorcraft Center of Excellence/GT, $250,000, 8/06 – 7/11 

Improved Off-Rotor Flow for Flight Simulation, NASA-Ames, $80,000, 8/05 – 8/07

Optimum Rotor Performance Methods, NASA-Ames, $70,000,  10/07 – 8/09

Application of Reduced-Order Models to Rotorcraft Dynamics and Aerodynamics, Army AFDD, $70,000, 9/08 – 8/09 
Design of Rotor Blades for Optimal Design, Army AFDD, $246,000, 6/09 – 8/11

Contact David Peters
Address 1 Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1185
City/St/Zip St. Louis, MO 63130
Office Jolley Hall, Room 308
Phone (314) 935-4337
Fax (314) 935-4014
Email dap@wustl.edu
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PhD, Stanford University, 1974
MS, Washington University, 1970
BS, Washington University, 1969
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