Mechanical & Materials Engineering

David E. Rival, Ph.D., P.Eng.

David E. Rival PhD, PEng

Associate Professor

Room 208A, McLaughlin Hall
130 Stuart St
Kingston, ON
K7L 3N6

Phone: +1 (613) 533-6000, ext 74767
Email: d.e.rival@queensu.ca


David E. Rival PhD, PEng


Dr. Rival’s primary research interests are in low-speed aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, with particular focus on highly unsteady, separated (vortical) flows. Although his research interests are fundamental in nature, there are numerous applications that span across a large range of Reynolds numbers from pulsatile (transitional) flow in human arteries up to dynamic-stall events on large wind turbines operating in the atmospheric boundary layer. To further exemplify the diversity of scales, some of the current research topics include the study of evolutionary convergence of marine and aerial locomotion of fish, birds, insects, mammals and even extinct species such as anomalocarids. These studies provide engineers insight into the development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) as well as the design and operation of propellers, rotors and even water turbines in highly unsteady inflow conditions.

To learn more about Dr. Rival's research, publications, students, facilities and more visit www.rivallab.com