Dr. Ima's analyses numerical hydrodynamics and the application of CFD in design. He is currently involved in research activities involving hydrodynamics of underwater swimmers; interaction of high-speed vessel wakes in a confined seaway; and hydro-mechanics of remotely-operated underwater vehicles in estuary environments. He also studies contact line models and dynamics for bow-wave flows; free-surface LES; development of SPH algorithms for modeling of breaking waves and free-surface phenomena involving surface-piercing bodies; modeling of supercavitation physics with applications to underwater vehicles; missile aerodynamics; FSI involving vortex-induced vibrations of bluff bodies; and aero-hydrodynamics of high-performance sailing yachts.
He is part of a recent group that received funding from the Northrop Group to support its work on DARPA’s Underwater Express Program, which will advance critical technology issues associated with the physics of supercavitation and culminate with a significant scale demonstration proving that a supercavitating underwater craft is controllable at speeds up to 100 knots. Dr. Imas is also an integral part of the Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships.
In addition to his research, Dr. Imas is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society), and Sigma Gamma Tau (National Aeronautical Engineering Honor Society).