Faculty Profile

Leonardo Chamorro

Mechanical Science and Engineering
Leonardo Chamorro
Leonardo Chamorro
Assistant Professor
3009 Mechanical Engineering Lab
105 S. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-7023

Primary Research Area

  • Fluid Mechanics


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Minor, University of Minnesota, 2010.
  • M.Sc. Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2008.

Academic Positions

  • Affiliate, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 01/2016-present.
  • Affiliate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 08/2014-present.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 06/2013-present.
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 02/2013-06/2013.
  • Research Associate in experimental fluid mechanics. Coordinator of the wind energy and hydrokinetic experimental research, and research manager of the SAFL wind tunnel, University of Minnesota. Supervisor: Fotis Sotiropoulos, 2010 - 2013.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Minnesota. Advisor: Fernando Porte-Agel, 2006-10.

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Research Interests

  • Advanced flow diagnosis
  • Particle Dynamics
  • Geophysical flows, complex boundary layer processes
  • Flow-structure interaction
  • Wind and Hydrokinetic energy
  • Fluid Mechanics & Turbulence

Research Areas

  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermo and Heat Transfer
  • Transportation

Chapters in Books

  • Arndt, R.E.A. and L.P. Chamorro, (2017) Hydraulic turbines. Handbook of Energy Conversion.

Selected Articles in Journals

Invited Lectures

  • Passive mechanisms of flow control. China Ship Scientific Research Center, Wuxi, 2018.
  • Turbulence in Eulerian and Lagrangian frames of reference: FSI and particle dynamics. School of Aeronautics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, 2018.
  • A tuning-free model for the structure of the power output fluctuations of wind farms. KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, 2018.
  • Interaction between turbulence and turbines. Hohai University, China, 2017.
  • Structure of the power fluctuations at wind-farm scale. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2017.
  • Towards Uncovering the Interaction between Turbulence and Structures. University of Iowa, 2017.
  • On the turbulence and Structure interaction. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2017.
  • Keynote lecture. Tianjin, China, 2017.
  • On the Potential of Windbreaks for Wind Farm-Scale Power Production. Arizona State University. 2017.
  • Onset of flow instability and turbulence development over distributed sinusoidal 2D and 3D roughness. London, UK, 2016.
  • On the turbulence over Large-scale topography. SHPE, Washington, Seattle, 2016.
  • Windbreaks for enhanced wind turbine power and potential for wind farms. Penn State University, 2016.
  • On the small- and large-scale control strategies for enhanced wind turbine power. Wind Farms 2016 workshop, Dallas, Texas, 2016.
  • Fundamental and applied problems in turbulence: Ongoing efforts at the Renewable Energy and Turbulent Environment Group. SHPE, Baltimore, 2015.
  • Whither Turbulence and Big Data In the 21st Century. Understanding and Harnessing Turbulence. Turbulence symposium, also dedicated to honor Professor Bill George's 70th birthday, France, 2015.
  • Fluid dynamics of Hydrokinetic energy. XXVI Latin American symposium of Hydraulic, Santiago, Chile, 2014.
  • On the non-linear relationship between turbulence and wind turbine power across scales. Symposium on Frontiers of Fluid Dynamics - A Legacy, Puerto Rico, 2013.
  • Challenges in the Wind and Marine Hydrokinetic Energy Technologies. 3rd New Energy Forum, Xi￿an, China 2013.
  • Addressing turbulence related problems in wind and hydrokinetic energy. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012.
  • Addressing turbulence related aspects in wind turbine/farm optimization. Los Alamos National Lab, 2012.
  • Addressing turbulence related problems in wind and hydrokinetic energy. Stanford University, 2012.
  • Turbulence related problems in wind and hydrokinetic energy. University of California San Diego, 2012.
  • Fundamental problems in wind and hydrokinetic energy across a range of scales. University of Minnesota, 2012.
  • Research questions in wind energy, Los Alamos National Lab. 2011.
  • Underwater Turbines and the V3V(TM) System: An experimental tool for understanding complex 3D flows. Fluid Mechanics Webinar Series from TSI, Baltimore, 2011.

Journal Editorships

  • Associate editor for the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (February 2019 - Present)
  • Associate editor for the Journal of Energy Engineering (June 2015 - Present)
  • Member of the Editorial Board and Academic Editor of the Journal ￿Energies￿ (January 2015 - Present)

Other Outside Service

  • Reviewer for "Journal of Fluid Mechanics"
  • Reviewer for "Physical Review E"
  • Reviewer for "Physical Review Fluids"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Turbulence"
  • Reviewer for "European Journal of Mechanics / B Fluids"
  • Reviewer for "Physics of Fluids"
  • Reviewer for "Atmospheric Environment"
  • Reviewer for "Boundary layer Meteorology"
  • Reviewer for "Experiments in Fluids"
  • Reviewer for "Measurement"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Visualized Experiments"
  • Reviewer for "Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A"
  • Reviewer for "AIAA Journal"
  • Reviewer for "Aerospace Science and Technology"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Fluids and Structures"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science"
  • Reviewer for "International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer"
  • Reviewer for "Flow Measurement and Instrumentation"
  • Reviewer for 'Applied Energy'
  • Reviewer for "Wind Energy"
  • Reviewer for "Energies"
  • Reviewer for "Renewable Energy"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy"
  • Reviewer for "International Journal of Energy Research "
  • Reviewer for "Wind Energy Science"
  • Reviewer for "Monthly Weather Review"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Hydraulic Research"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Hydraulic Engineering"
  • Reviewer for "Theoretical and Applied Climatology"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans"
  • Reviewer for "Transactions of CSME"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics"
  • Reviewer for "Theoretical and Applied Climatology"

Teaching Honors

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, • Spring 2018, • Fall 2018.

Research Honors

  • Best Paper Award for the ￿10th Anniversary" of the Journal Energies. 2018.
  • Distinguished Lecture at the AIAA Student Chapter, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2017.
  • Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar Award. It recognizes the extraordinary performance and achievement of postdoctoral scholars at the University of Minnesota, 2012.
  • Doctoral dissertation fellowship awarded by the graduate School, University of Minnesota, 2009.
  • Best paper presentation award AMS-18th Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence, Stockholm, Sweden, 2008.
  • The Edward Silberman Award. Awarded to academically outstanding students who perform their research at the St. Anthony Falls Lab. Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2008.
  • Department of Civil Engineering travel award, University of Minnesota, 2007.
  • Minnesota Supercomputer Institute Travel grant, University of Minnesota, 2007.
  • Best graduated in Civil Engineering, awarded by the Chilean Board of Engineers.
  • Best Civil Engineering Student, awarded by the University of Chile and Copeva Company.