Hui Hu


Martin C. Jischke Professor
Associate Dept. Chair for Graduate Education
Director, Aircraft Icing Physics & Anti-/De-Icing Technology Laboratory
Director, Advanced Flow Diagnostics & Experimental Aerodynamics Lab


2251 Howe
537 Bissell Rd.
Ames, IA 500111096




Ph. D., Mechanical Engineering, the University of Tokyo, Japan.
Ph. D., Aerospace Engineering, Beijing Univ. of Aero. & Astro., China.
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Beijing Univ. of Aero. & Astro., China.
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Beijing Univ. of Aero. & Astro., China.  

Awards and Honors:

  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), since 2014.

  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), since 2012.

  • AIAA Gas Turbine Engine Best Paper Award, AIAA 2022.

  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, Iowa State University, 2016

  • Renewable Energy Impact Award, Iowa Energy Center, USA, 2014.

  • AIAA Best Paper Award in Ground Testing Technology, 2013.

  • ISU Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Research, Iowa State University, 2012.

  • AIAA Best Paper Award in Applied Aerodynamics, 2009.

  • Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Award, 2008.

  • Best Paper Award, Measurement Science and Technology, IOP Publishing, 2007.

  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation, 2006


Undergraduate courses:

    • Engr160: Engineering Problems and Computer Programming
    • AerE243: Fundamentals of Aerodynamics;
    • AerE310: Incompressible Aerodynamics;
    • AerE344: Experimental Aerodynamics and Propulsion Laboratory
    • AerE445: Advanced Experimental  Aerodynamics;

Graduate courses:

    • AerE541: Incompressible Aerodynamics;
    • AerE545: Advanced Flow Diagnostic Techniques for Thermal-Fluid Studies.


Interest Areas:

Fundamental studies on challenging thermal-fluids problems

    • Aircraft/aero-engine icing physics and anti-/de-icing technologies.
    • Wind turbine aeromechanics and wind farm aerodynamics.
    • Heat transfer of gas turbines and cooling technology.
    • Hyper-/super-sonic aerodynamics and aero-thermo-structure interactions.
    • Plasma Thermodyanmcis and Applications for flow control and anti-/de-icing.
    • UAS aerodynamics and Bio-inspired flow dynamics
    • Fluid-structure interactions (FSI) of built structures in violent tornadic and storms winds.

Advanced flow diagnostics and instrumentation

    • Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and Stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry (SPIV)
    • Laser-Induced Fluorescence (LIF) and Laser-Induced Phosphorescence (LIP)
    • Pressure Sensitive Paint (PSP) and Temperature Sensitive Paint (TSP)
    • Molecular Tagging Velocimetry (MTV) and Molecular Tagging Thermometry (MTT)
    • Quantum Dots (QD) thermal imaging Technique
    • Digital Image Projection (DIP) technique

Selected Sponsored Projects: Over $16M total in funded research with over 50 grants from federal agencies such as NSF, NASA, DoE, AFOSR, NAVY, USDA and NOAA, and aerospace industrials such as GE, P&W, DuPont and Collins Aerospace Systems.

  1. A Novel Microwave-Sustained Air Plasma Propulsion (MSAPP) System for Supersonic/Hypersonic Vehicles. AFRL SBIR  project via Spectrum Energies; 10/01/2022 – 03/31/2023. Role: Sole Principal Investigator (Hu’s share 100%).
  2. Development of Collaborative Academic and Research Program Between ISU and UiT of Norway to Study Ice Accretion on Structures in Cold Regions. The Research Council of Norway via the Arctic University of Norway (UiT); 07/01/2022 – 03/31/2024. Role: Sole PI (Hu’s share 100%).
  3. A closed loop upcycling of single-use plastic films to biodegradable polymers. DoE-EERE program; , 04/01/2022 – 03/31/2024. XL Bai as the PI and other 3 Co-PIs (Hu’s 20%).
  4. PFI-TT: Development of A New Class of Low-Power, Plasma-Based Wind Turbine Icing Protection Systems. National Science Foundation;  02/01/2022 – 07/31/2023. (Hu’s share 100%).
  5. An Experimental Campaign to Evaluate Hydro-/Ice-phobic Coatings for Aircraft Icing Mitigation. Collins Aerospace,  07/01/2021 – 12/31/2023 (Hu’s share 100%).
  6. Development of Novel Molecule-Based Measurement Techniques to Characterize Aero-Thermo-Elastic Interactions of Super-/Hyper-sonic Flows and Solid Surfaces. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR);07/01/2021 – 06/30/2024.(Hu’s share 50%).
  7. A Fundamental Study Toward Innovative Plasma-Based Anti-/De-icing Strategies for Aircraft Icing Mitigation. National Science Foundation; 07/01/2020 – 06/30/2023. (Hu’s share 50%).
  8. Collaborative Research: A fundamental study on supercooled large droplets: impacting, splashing, surface water dynamics, and ice accretion. National Science Foundation, 07/01/2019 – 06/30/2023.  (Hu’s share 100%).
  9. Wind Turbines in Cold Winter: Icing Physics and Novel Strategies for Wind Turbine Icing Mitigation. Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), 03/01/2020 ~ 02/28/2024. (Hu’s share 100%).
  10. Testing of Durable Elastomeric and Metal based Icephobic Coatings for Turbomachinery Ice Protection Applications; NAVY STTR phase 1 & 2 through HygraTek LLC; 09/01/2019~05/01/2023.  (Hu’s share 100%).
  11. IRES Track-1: International Research Experiences for Students in Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability; National Science Foundation; 01/01/2019~12/31/2023. Role: Co-Principle Investigator (Hu’s share 50%); XL Bai as the PI.
  12. NNA: Bridging the Atomistic Deformation Mechanisms to the Microscopic Adhesive-to-Cohesive Fracture at Ice-Metal Interfaces; National Science Foundation; 09/01/2018~08/31/2023. (Hu’ share 50%).


Selected Publications: (1 monograph book; 9 book chapters; ~170 journal papers; over 250 conference papers; ~120 invited lectures; h-index (Google): 50)

J167. HY Hu, F. Al-Masri, LC Tian, andH Hu, ” An Experimental Study of Dynamic Icing Process on a Pitot Probe Model “, AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, 2023.

J 166. NH Han, MA Siddique, ZC Zhang, LC Tian, HY Hu, and H Hu, “ A Flight-Testing Campaign to Examine Inflight Icing Characteristics and Its Effects on the Flight Performance of An Unmanned-Aerial-Vehicle”, Cold Regions Science and Technology, Vol. 2XX, 103775 (11 pages), 2023.

J165. R. Veerakumar, LC Tian, HY Hu, Y. Liu, and H Hu, “An Experimental Study of Dynamic Icing Process on an Aluminum-Conductor-Steel-Reinforced Power Cable with Twisted Outer Strands”, Experimental Thermal Fluid Science, Vol. 142,110823 (12 pages), 2023.

J164. LC Tian, LK Li, HY Hu, and  H Hu“An Experimental Study of Dynamic Ice Accretion Process over Rotating Aero-engine Fan Blades”, AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, 2022,

J163. WJ Huang, B. Nelson, S. Tian, R., Ordikhani-Seyedlar, R. Auyeung, A. Samanta, H. Hu, S. Shaw, C. Lamuta, HT Ding“Superhydrophobic surface processing for metal 3D printed parts”, Applied material Today, Vol.29, 101630(12 pages), 2022.

J162. P.  Premaratne, W. Tian, and  H Hu, “A Proper-Orthogonal-Decomposition (POD) Study of the Wake Characteristics behind a Wind Turbine Model”, Energies,  15, 3596. 2022.

J161. WW Zhou, HY Shao, M. Qenawy, D. Peng, H. Hu, YZ Liu, “Improved Turbine Vane Endwall Film Cooling by Using Sand-Dune-Inspired Design”, Journal of Thermal Science, Vol.31, No.3,  pp958~973. 2022.

J160. A. Islam, M. Sussman,   H Hu and YS Lian, “Simulation of drop impact on substrate with micro-wells”, Physics of Fluids,  34, 062108 (15 pages). 2022.

J159. YH Peng, R. Veerakumar, ZC Zhang, HY Hu, Y. Liu, XH He, and H Hu, “An Experimental Study on Mitigating Dynamic Ice Accretion Process on Bridge Cables with a Superhydrophobic Coating”, Experimental Thermal Fluid Science, Vol. 132, 110573 (16 pages), 2022.

J158. ZC Zhang, Y. Liu, H Hu, “Effects of Chamber Pressure on the Kinematic Characteristics of Spray Flows Exhausted from an Airblast Atomizer”, Experimental Thermal Fluid Science, Vol. 130, 110514 (10 pages) 2022.

J157. A. Lusi, H.  Radhakrishnan, H Hu, and XL Bai, “One-pot production of oxygenated monomers and a novel modified lignin from biomass based on plasma electrolysis”, Green Chemistry, 23, pp9109-9125, 2021

J156. K Zhang and H Hu, “An Experimental Study on the Transient Runback Characteristics of Wind-Driven Film/Rivulet Flows.”, Physics of Fluids, 33, 112104, 2021; doi:10.1063/5.0067672

J155. LY Gao, and H Hu, “Wind Turbine Icing Characteristics and Icing-Induced Power Losses to Utility-scale Wind Turbines”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 118(42), e2111461118, 2021.

J154. ZC Zhang, Lusi A., HY Hu, XL Bai,  H Hu, “An Experimental Study on the Detrimental Effects of Deicing Fluids on the Performance of Icephobic Coatings for Aircraft Icing Mitigation”, Aerospace Science and Technology, 119, 107090, 2021.

J153. L Ma, Z Zhang, L Gao, Y Liu, H Hu, “Bio‐Inspired Icephobic Coatings for Aircraft Icing Mitigation: A Critical Review”, Progress in Adhesion and Adhesives, 6, pp171-201, 2021.

J152.  W. Tian, K Zheng, H Hu, “Investigation of the wake propagation behind wind turbines over hilly terrain with different slope gradients”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Vol. 215, 104683(13 pages), 2021.

J151. K Zheng, W. Tian, P Zhang, Y Rao , H Hu, “Experimental study of turbulent flow and heat transfer behaviors over a micro-rib-dimple-structured surface”, Journal of Turbomachinery, 143(10): 101014 (12 pages), 2021.

J150. K Zheng, W. Tian, J. Qin, H Hu, “An experimental study on the improvements in the film cooling performance by an upstream micro-vortex generator”, Experimental Thermal Fluid Science, Vol. 127,  110410 (13 page).!

J149. LY Gao, T. Tao, YQ Liu  and H Hu.  “A Field Study of Ice Accretion and Its Effects on the Power Production of Utility-scale Wind Turbines”. Renewable Energy, Vol. 167, pp917-928, 2021.

J148. ZC Zhang, LQ Ma, Y. Liu, J. Ren and H Hu.  “An Experimental Study of Rain Erosion Effects on a Hydro-/Ice-phobic Coating Pertinent to Unmanned-Arial-System (UAS) Inflight Icing Mitigation”, Cold Regions Science and Technology, vol. 181, 103196 (13 pages), 2021.