Paul Durbin

Paul Durbin


Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Professor of Engineering


2237 Howe
537 Bissell Rd.
Ames, IA 500111096




Ph.D., Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, 1979

B.S., Aerospace and Mechanical Science, Princeton University, 1974

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow American Physical Society.
  • Outstanding research award, ISU Aero Department.
  • Distinguished paper award, NASA Lewis Research Center.


Undergrad: AerE 311 Compressible Flow, AerE 466 Computational Fluid Dynamics, ME 335 Fluid Mechanics.

Graduate: AerE 541 Incompressible Flow, AerE 546 Computational Fluid Dynamics, AerE 572 Turbulence, AerE 640 Fluid Dynamic Stability.


Interest Areas:


    • Closure modeling;
    • High fidelity simulation;
    • Hybrid modeling;
    • Rapid Distortion Theory

Fluid Dynamic Stability and Transition

    • Bypass transition;
    • High fidelity simulation;
    • Predictive modeling


Selected Publications: (of 190 pubs. including 120 journals, 8 book chapters, 2 books, 60 conf. proceedings; h-index 48)

  1. Biswas, R, Durbin, P.A., Medic, G. (2019). Development of an elliptic blending lag k-ω model, J. Heat Fluid Flow, 76, pp. 26-39.
  2. Matai, R., Durbin, P.A. (2019). LES of turbulent flow over a parametric set of bumps, Fluid Mech., 866, pp. 503-525.
  3. Durbin, P.A. (2018). Recent developments in turbulence closure modeling, Rev. Fluid Mech., 50, pp. 77-103.
  4. Ismail, U., Zaki, T.A., Durbin, P.A. (2018). Simulations of rib-roughened rough-to-smooth turbulent channel flows J. Fluid Mech., 843, pp. 419-449.
  5. Durbin, P.A. (2017). Perspectives on the phenomenology and modeling of boundary layer transition, Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, 99, pp.1-23.
  6. Bose, R. & Durbin, P.A. (2016). Evidence of helical breakdown in transitional boundary layers Rev. Fluids, 1, p. 073602.
  7. Yin, Z. & Durbin, P.A. (2016). An Adaptive DES Model that Allows Wall-Resolved Eddy Simulation, J. Heat Fluid Flow, 62, pp. 499-509.
  8. Rudra Reddy, K. Ryon, J. A. & Durbin, P.A. (2014). A DDES model with a Smagorinsky-type eddy viscosity formulation and log-layer mismatch correction, J. Heat Fluid Flow, 50, pp. 103-113.
  9. Ge, X. Arolla, S. & Durbin, P.A. (2014). A bypass transition model based on the intermittency function, Flow Turb. & Combustion, 93, pp. 37-61.
  10. Huang, X & Durbin, P.A. (2012). Particulate mixing in a turbulent serpentine duct, Fluids, 2, p. 013301.
  11. Durbin, P.A. & Pettersen-Reif, (2010). Statistical Theory and Modeling for Turbulent Flows, 2nd, John Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-470-68931-8.