Maxim Freydin

Maxim is a PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering and Material Science department at Duke University. Under the advisement of Dr. Earl Dowell, Maxim uses linear and nonlinear models to predict the dynamics of plates in a hypersonic wind tunnel. The main goal is to compare experimental, linear and nonlinear methods of flutter prediction for flat plate under various boundary conditions, static pressure differential load and temperature differential between the plate and its support.

Maxim graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 2017. As an undergraduate, Maxim worked part-time as a student-system-engineer, for almost three years, at Elbit Systems and took part in designing wearable head-up displays for civil transport aircraft. During his last year of undergraduate studies, Maxim participated in a numerical and experimental study of strain-based aeroelastic shape sensing. In this study, a wing model was designed, manufactured and equipped with fibre-optic strain sensors to demonstrate the feasibility of estimating the three-dimensional shape of an aeroelastic structure in a subsonic wind tunnel.

When Maxim is not in the office he likes to play video games, workout at the gym and watch movies with friends.

Research Interests

Maxim is currently taking part in designing a hypersonic flutter experiment of a plate that is affected by static pressure and temperature differentials under the advisement of Dr Earl Dowell. Using linear and nonlinear theoretical models, the plate dimensions are designed to guarantee flutter in given free stream conditions and shockwave configuration.