Douglas H. Kelley

Douglas H. Kelley

  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Staff Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)

PhD, University of Maryland, 2009

218 Hopeman


Research Overview

I'm interested in how the performance of liquid metal batteries, an emerging technology for grid-scale energy storage, depends on transport in their liquid layers. I'm interested in how ecological dynamics of marine phytoplankton depend on mixing by ocean currents. I'm interested in how Earth's magnetic field arises out of mixing and waves in our planet's outer core. And I'm interested in the fundamental physics of mixing, particularly Lagrangian Coherent Structures.

Representative Publications

  • D. H. Kelley, M. R. Allshouse, and N. T. Ouellette. Lagrangian Coherent Structures separate dynamically distinct regions. To appear in Phys. Rev. E.
  • R. M. Lee, D. H. Kelley, K. R. Nordstrom, N. T. Ouellette, and W. Losert. Quantifying stretching and rearrangement in epithelial sheet migration. New J. Phys. 15 025036 (2013).
  • D. H. Kelley and N. T. Ouellette. Emergent dynamics of laboratory insect swarms. Sci. Rep. 3 01073 (2013).
  • D. H. Kelley and N. T. Ouellette. Spatiotemporal persistence of spectral fluxes in two-dimensional flow. Phys. Fluids. 23 115101 (2011).
  • H. Matsui, M. M. Adams, D. H. Kelley, S. A. Triana, D. S. Zimmerman, B. A. Buffett, and D. P. Lathrop. Numerical and experimental investigations of shear- driven inertial oscillations in an Earth-like geometry. Phys. Earth Plan. Int. 188 194–202 (2011).
  • A. de Chaumont Quitry, D. H. Kelley, and N. T. Ouellette. Mechanisms driving shape distortion in two-dimensional flow. Europhys. Lett. 94 64006 (2011).
  • D. H. Kelley and N. T. Ouellette. Separating stretching from folding in fluid mixing. Nature Phys. 7 477-480 (2011).
  • S. T. Merrifield, D. H. Kelley, and N. T. Ouellette. Scale-dependent statistical geometry in two-dimensional flow. Phys. Rev. Lett. 104 254501 (2010).

Research Interests

  • Fluid dynamics of the brain’s waste removal system
  • Mixing in the inner ear
  • Liquid metal batteries and grid-scale energy storage
  • Mixing in metals casting
  • Coherent structures in reactive mixing

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • ME 437:  Incompressible Flow