Carlos Frederico Lange
Associate Professor, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc.
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
University of Alberta
Dr. Lange has extensive experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). From classical flows, such as flow around heated cylinders in wall proximity, to highly specialized applications in biomedical engineering and planetary atmospheric flows, Lange has simulated low Mach number flows in a wide array of conditions. He is Director of the CFD-Lab at the University of Alberta and leads a team of students and post-doctoral fellows that investigate and solve challenging problems in fluid dynamics and transport phenomena for industry and for applied science using open-source and commercial codes.
Dr. Lange was a member of the Canadian Science Team of the Phoenix Mars Lander Mission and his team used CFD for the first time to characterize the winds around a Mars lander and to estimate the effect of these winds on the measurements of the Canadian meteorology station MET. Out of necessity, he and his team conceived the Telltale wind sensor for Phoenix, that was later designed and built at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. To this date it remains one of only two anemometers that ever functioned on the surface of Mars. The CFD-Lab is currently applying the computational models developed during the Phoenix Mission to study the effect of local winds on the transport of water vapour through the Martian regolith.
In 2007 Dr. Lange co-founded the University of Alberta Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology (ISSET) and he is Co-Director of ISSET with Dr. Chris Herd. When the student branch of ISSET formed the AlbertaSat Student Team to compete in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, Dr. Lange became one of their main Faculty Advisers. The AlbertaSat Team was invited to join the European QB50 cubesat constellation for which they designed and built Ex-Alta 1, the first satellite built in Alberta and the only Canadian contribution to QB50.