Eric Anthony Comstock

Fourth year aerospace engineering honors student with minors in chemistry and mathematics. Cumulative GPA 3.87 as of August, 2022. Member of the prestigious engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi. Aerospace research experience includes optical systems analysis and simulation of Raman rovibrational spectroscopy of gases for analysis of the chemistry of hypersonic combustion. Aerospace research in spring and summer of 2022 involved creating a Python simulation which modeled a flow of argon and rubidium through an apparatus designed to test potential laser/particle beam coupling behavior in the context of beamed propulsion. Research in the fall of 2022 will involve simulation of high enthalpy flows in hypersonic conditions with the National Aerothermochemistry and Hypersonics Laboratory at Texas A&M University - College Station.

What I Do

Current Research

Research in fall of 2022 will involve high fidelity simulation of high enthalpy flows in hypersonic conditions which can be used to better model the operation of certain types of hypersonic wind tunnels with the National Aerothermochemistry and Hypersonics Laboratory at Texas A&M University - College Station.

Beamed Propulsion

My last laboratory project was the characterization of the refraction and diffraction of monochromatic directed energy through media of changing particle densities, accomplished by superimposing a laser and a rubidium supersonic jet to create a hybrid beam. This was analyzed through absorption spectroscopy to determine the magnitudes and types of interactions involved.

My Python CFD model, created in the spring of 2022, modeled a flow of argon and rubidium through the initial parts of an apparatus designed to test potential laser/particle beam coupling behavior.

Research in the summer of 2022 involved continuing work on this model, adding a model of the section of the apparatus containing collisionless flow and modeling the interactions of a laser with this flow. This theoretical expectation will be used to compare to the result obtained in the experiment and it will also determine carrier gases ideal for both absorption spectroscopy and analysis of near-resonance refraction. If you'd like to read about that project in more detail, please see my "Projects" page under "Summer 2022 research."

High Power Rocketry

I have worked for several years on the practical aspect of propulsion. I earned a level 1 (M1) high-powered rocketry certification from the Tripoli Rocketry Association in 2018 and have been launching rockets ever since. Additionally, I have experience with level 2 dual-deploy rocketry systems. Please see my "Projects" page to learn more about my rocketry adventures.

Numerical Simulations

I have experience with both the finite difference method and the finite element method, experience using them to evaluate thermal distribution and stress distribution, and experience simulating dynamic systems with high degrees of freedom using Runge-Kutta 4.

I have honed my computational skills creating numerical simulations of both Raman spectroscopy and absorption spectroscopy.

Chemistry

My research in aerospace-related chemistry consisted of the creation of a program to generate Raman spectra for arbitrary mixtures of gases at arbitrary temperatures, given sufficient input data. This was done by simulating the quantum dynamical properties of simplified molecular systems with regards to both rotational and vibrational motion. The generated properties were used to examine their behavior in Raman scattering during hypersonic combustion. Additional research in organic chemistry was completed early in my undergraduate career. Please see my "Projects" page for more detail on my chemistry projects.

Advanced Propulsion

I am especially interested in contributing to any advanced propulsion project so that I may help get humanity to space which I believe is the only way to ensure the long-term survival of the human race.

Fun Facts

Time I get up every morning

3:30 am

I first ate octopus at age

5

Age now

17

Total Tea Consumed in Liters

1134