S. Chad Gibbs

Chad Gibbs HeadshotChad is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science at Duke University. His graduate studies and research are currently funded by an NASA Office of the Chief Technologist Space Technology Research Fellowship.

Chad studies aeroelasticity and solarelasticity under Dr. Earl Dowell. Specifically he researches instances of panel flutter for systems that have non-traditional boundary conditions that are forced by either airflow and solar radiation pressure

Chad received his undergraduate degree from Duke University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS with Departmental Distinction in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science

On November 4th, 2012 Chad completed his first half marathon, the Raleigh, City of Oaks, Rex Healthcare Half-Marathon. His official chip time was 1:44:27 which is an average mile pace of 7:59. This time placed him 206'th out of 1101 men who ran the half marathon with me.

Graduate Research Topics

  • Solar Sail Flutter: An exploration of the potential instabilities that may arise for lightweight thin reflective structures excited by solar radiation pressure.
  • Membrane Flutter: An exploration of the aeroelastic instabilities that arise for membranes with various boundary conditions in low subsonic flow.
  • Flapping Flag Flutter: An exploration of the aeroelastic instabilities of a plate with a clamped leading edge for use in energy harvesting applications

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