Hui Hu


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


2249 Howe Hall, 537 Bissell Road, Ames, IA 50011-1096




  • 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:


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 Experimental Aerodynamics.


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 Thermodynamics 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 storm 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

Sponsored Research:  Received over 60 grants from federal agencies such as NSF, NASA, DoE, AFOSR, NAVY, USDA, and NOAA, and industries such as GE, P&W, DuPont, General Atomics, and Collins Aerospace Systems with a total funding amount of $20M (Personal share over $12M).


Selected Publications: (1 monograph book; 10 book chapters; over 175 journal papers; ~ 250 conference papers; ~150 invited lectures; H-index (Google): 57)

  • J171. HY Hu, LC Tian, C Eluchie, H Sista and H Hu“A Comparative Study of Using Superhydrophobic and Icephobic Surface Coatings for Aircraft Icing Mitigation“, AIAA Journal, 13 pages, 2024,
  • J170. JC Wang, HY Hu, P He, and H Hu, “A Machine Learning Study to Predict Wind-Driven Water Runback Characteristics“,  Physics of Fluids, Vol. 35, 102104 (18 pages) 2023
  • J169. R. Veerakumar, HY Hu, LC Tian, NH Han, and H Hu, “ An Experimental Study of Rime Ice Accretion on Bundled Conductors“, Experimental Thermal Fluid ScienceVol. 147, 110962 (12 pages), 2023.
  • J168. HY Hu, LC Tian, and H Hu, “Experimental Investigation on Ice Accretion Process Upon Impacting of Ice Particles onto a Heated Surface”,  AIAA Journal, accepted, 2023.
  • J167. HY Hu, F. Al-Masri, LC Tian, and H 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.

Primary Strategic Research Area

Energy Systems