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Horia Hangan

Canada Research Chair in Adaptive Aerodynamics


Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Horia Hangan's research is mainly in Experimental Fluid Mechanics. He has worked extensively in bluff body aerodynamics, turbulent coherent structure dynamics and aerodynamic control with applications to aero structures, buildings and vehicles. Dr. Hangan innovated the experimental simulation of three-dimensional, non-stationary and non-gaussian flows through the concept of the WindEEE Dome.

English, French, Romanian

  • PhD, Wind Engineering University of Western Ontario 1996
  • Diplomat Engineering Degree, Aeronautics Polytechnic University of Bucharest 1985
  • “Inside the tornado maker at Western University”, Westerns The Gazette. October 22, 2019
  • Ottawa tornado breaks new ground for London researchers, London Free Press, March 2019
  • “Wild Canadian Weather”, CBC Wild Weather Productions, May 13, 2019
  • “Stress testing drones in a high tech wind vortex”, Vice, Vice-Motherboard, May 9, 2016
  • Engineering News Record, The Top 25 Newsmakers, January, 2015
  • The Globe and Mail, Answers from the Wind, June 14, 2014
  • Engineering News-Record, Twister Resistance (front page), June 9, 2014
  • “WindEEE”, Wild Weather, BBC, May 1, 2014
  • “Myths about tornadoes”, Weather Channel, May 1, 2013
  • Canadian Geographic, A mighty wind, October 2013
  • Business London, Weather permitting, October 2013
  • Reuthers, New Storm Patterns Require New Wind Engineering, 2013
  • Weather Channel, Myths about tornadoes, 2013
  • Discovery Channel, UK, Advanced Tornado Vortex Engine renewable energy project, 2007, 2008
  • Channel A, mini Dome, March 2011
  • NHBC, London Free Press, WindEEE model, March 2011
  • Weather Network, WindEEE model, April 2011
  • CBC Radio, Tornado Vortex Engine, 2007
  • Several press interviews with London Free Press, Wind energy related issues, 2007
  • London NPHL, Vortices and Tornados, 2004
  • Discovery Channel, Aerodynamics of rowing boats with Hudson Boats, 2003
  • Nichol S., Carriveau R., Miller L., Ting D. S-K., Romanic D, Costache A., and Hangan H., Experimental In-vestigation of the Movement of an Offshore Floating Platform in Straight Wind, Tornadic Wind, and Downburst Conditions, Energies-1115571, accepted March, 2021
  • Kilpatrick R., Hangan, H., Siddiqui, K., Lange, J., Mann, J., “Turbulent flow characterization near the edge of a steep escarpment “,  Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, accepted, March 2021, INDAER-D-20-00916R1
  • Ashrafi A, Romanic D, Kasab A, Hangan H., Experimental investigation of large-scale tornado-like vorti-ces”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, accepted, November 2020
  • Kshirzadeh K., Hangan H., Crawford C. (2020) Numerical and Experimental Simulation of Extreme Opera-tional Conditions for Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines Based on IEC Standard, Wind Energy Science, ac-cepted, November 2020
  • Enus M., Dwellik E., Mann J., Hangan H., Costache A., Three-dimensional measurements of tree crown movement with an infrared camera, Experiments In Fluids, accepted, September 2020
  • Romanic D., Ballestracci A., Canepa F., Solari G., Hangan H., Aerodynamic coefficients and pressure dis-tribution on two circular cylinders with free end immersed in experimentally produced downburst-like out-flows, Advances in Structural Engineering, (2020)
  • Romanic, D., Hangan, H., “Experimental investigation of the interaction between near-surface atmospher-ic boundary layer winds and downburst outflows”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynam-ics, 205:104323, (2020)
  • Karami, M., Carassale L., Hangan, H., “Statistical and modal analysis of surface pressure fluctuations in tornado-like vortices, Physics of Fluids, 32: 075109, (2020).
  • Romanic D, Junayed C., Jubayer C., Hangan H., Investigation of the transient nature of thunderstorm winds from Europe, United States and Australia using a new method for detection of changepoints in wind speed records. Monthly Weather Review, 148(9):3747-3771, (2020).
  • Alvise C, Jubayer C. Holger H., Arriaga D., Hangan H, "Combined effects of wind and atmospheric icing on overhead transmission lines”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 204: 104271, (2020). DOI10.1016/j.jweia.2020.104271
  • Romanic, D., Nicolini, E., Hangan, H., Burlando, M., Solari, G., “A novel approach to scaling experimental-ly produced downburst-like impinging jet outflows”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerody-namics, 196:104025, (2020). DOI10.1016/j.jweia.2019.104025
  • Junayed C, Jubayer C, Parvu D., Romanic D., Hangan H., “Flow field dynamics of large-scale experimen-tally produced downburst flows”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 188: 61-79, (2019). DOI10.1016/j.jweia.2019.02.008
  • Hassanzadeh A., Naughton J.W., LoTufo J., Hangan,H., “Aerodynamic load distribution and wake measurements on a sub-scale wind turbine”, Journal of Physics, Conference Series. 1452, NAWEA WindTech 2019 14–16 October 2019, Amherst, MA USA, (2019)
  • Karami*, M., Hangan, H., Carassale L., Peerhossaini H., “Coherent structures in tornado-like vortices”, Physics of Fluids, Editor’s cover pick, 31: 085118, (2019).
  • Ashton, R., Refan, M., Iungo, V., Hangan, H., “Wandering corrections from PIV measurements of torna-do-like vortices”, Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics 189: 163-172, (2019).
  • Jubayer, C., Romanic, D*., Hangan H., “Aerodynamic loading of a typical low rise building for an experi-mental stationary and non-Gaussian impinging jet”, Wind & Structures, 28(5): 315-329, (2019).
  • Junayed C, Jubayer C, Parvu D., Romanic D., Hangan H., “Flow field dynamics of large-scale experimen-tally produced downburst flows”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics 188: 61-79, (2019).
  • Hangan H., Romanic D., Jubayer C., "Three-dimensional, non-stationary and non-Gaussian (3D-NS-NG) wind fields and their implications to wind–structure interaction problems", Journal of Fluids and Structures, 91: 102583, (2019).
  • Romanic, D., LoTufo, J., Hangan, H. “Transient behavior in impinging jets in crossflow with application to downburst flows”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 184: 209-227, (2019).
  • Jubayer, C., Hangan, H., “A hybrid approach for evaluating wind flow over a complex terrain”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 175: 65-76, (2018).
  • Romanic, D., Parvu, D., Refan, M., Hangan, H., “Wind and tornado climatologies and wind resource mod-elling for a modern development situated in "Tornado Alley", Renewable Energy, 115: 97-112, (2018).
  • Refan, M., Hangan, H., “Near Surface Experimental Exploration of Tornado Vortices”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 175:120-135, (2018).
  • Elawady, A., Aboshosha, H., El Damatty, A., Bitsuamlak, G., Hangan, H., Elatar, A., “Aero-elastic testing of multi-spanned transmission line subjected to downbursts”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 169: 194-216, (2017).
  • Hangan, H., Refan M., Jubayer, C., Romanic, D.*, Parvu D., LoTufo, J., Costache A., “Novel Tech-niques in Wind Engineering”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 171: 12-33, (2017).
  • Lange J*, Mann J, Berg J, Parvu D*, Kilpatrick R*, Costache, A., Jubayer, C.*, Siddiqui, K, Hangan H., “For wind turbines in complex terrain the devil is in the detail”, Environmental Research Letters, 12: ERL-103706.R2, (2017).
  • Refan, M., Hangan H., Wurman, J., Kosiba, K., “Doppler radar-derived wind field of several torna-does with application to engineering simulations”, Engineering Structures, 148: 509-521, (2017).
  • Burlando, M., Romanic, D.*, Solari, G., Hangan, H., Zhang, S., Field data analysis and weather scenario of a downburst event in Livorno, Italy on October 1, 2012, Monthly Weather Review/American Meteoro-logical Society,145: 3507-3527, (2017).
  • Romanic D.*, Rasouli, D., Hangan, H., “Urban wind resource assessment in changing climate: Case study.” Wind Engineering, 41(1): 3-12, (2017).
  • Dodipatla L.*, Hangan H. Durghes, V.*, Naughton J, “Wake Dynamics Resulting From Trailing Edge Spanwise Sinusoidal Perturbation”, AIAA Journal, 55(6): 1833-1851, (2017).
  • Romanic D., Hangan H., Curic M, “Wind climatology of Toronto based on the NCEP/NCAR reanalysis 1 data set and its potential relation to solar activity”, Theor Appl Climatol,131, 827–843, (2018).
  • Kilpatrick, R.*, Hangan, H., Siddiqui,K., Parvu, D.*, Lange, J.*, Mann,J., and Berg, J., “Effect of Reynolds number and inflow parameters on mean and turbulent flow over complex topography”, Wind Energy Sci-ence, 1(2): 237-254, (2016).
  • Kilpatrick, R.*, Siddiqui, K., Hangan, H., “Analysis of Turbulent Coherent Structures in a Flow over an Escarpment using Proper Orthogonal Decomposition”, Journal of Physics. Conference Series, 753 (3): 032045, (2016).
  • Romanic D.*, Rasouli A., Hangan H., "Methodology for urban wind resource assessment in changing cli-mate: Case study", Wind Engineering, 41(1):3-12, (2016).
  • Jubayer, C.*, Siddiqui K., Hangan, H., “CFD analysis of convective heat transfer from ground mounted solar panels in the atmospheric boundary layer”, J. Solar Energy, 133: 556-566, (2016). DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2016.04.027
  • Jubayer, C.*, Hangan H., “A numerical approach to the investigation of wind Loading of on an array of ground mounted solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerody-namics, 153: 60-70, (2016). DOI: 10.1016/j.jweia.2016.03.009
  • Refan, M.*, Hangan, H., “Characterization of tornado-like flow fields in a new model scale wind testing chamber”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 151: 107-121, (2016). DOI: 10.1016/j.jweia.2016.02.002
  • Hashemi-Tari, P.*, Siddiqui, K., Hangan, H., “Flow characterization in the near-wake region of a horizontal axis wind turbine”, Wind Energy, 19(7): 1249-1267, (2016).
  • Lahouti, A.*, Lavoie, P., Hangan, H., “Distributed forcing flow control in the wake of a blunt trailing edge profiled body using plasma actuators”, Physics of Fluids, 27-035110, (2015).
  • Abyola-Ogedengbe*, A., Hangan, H., Siddiqui, K., “Experimental investigation of wind effects on a standalone photovoltaic (PV) module Renewable Energy”, Renewable Energy, 78: 657-665, (2015).
  • Romanic, D.*, Rasouli, A.*, Hangan, H., “Wind resource assessment in complex urban environment”, Wind Engineering, 39(2): 193-212, (2015).
  • Hangan, H., “The Wind Engineering Energy and Environment (WindEEE) Dome at Western University, Canada”, Wind Engineers, JAWE, 39(4):350-351, (2014). DOI: 10.5359/jawe.39.350
  • Refan, M.*, Hangan, H., Wurman, J., “Reproducing Tornadoes in Laboratory Using Proper Scaling”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 135: 136-148, (2014). DOI: 10.1016/j.jweia.2014.10.008
  • Hashemi-Tari P.*, Siddiqui K., Refan M.*, Hangan H., “Wind tunnel investigation of the near-wake flow dynamics of a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine”, Journal of Physics. Conference Series, Vol. 524- 012176, (2014).
  • Jubayer, C.*, Hangan H., “Numerical simulations of wind effects on a stand-alone ground mounted pho-tovoltaic (PV) systems”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 134: 56-64, (2014). DOI: 10.1016/j.jweia.2014.08.008
  • Naghib-Lahouti, A.*, Lavoie P., Hangan, H., “Wake instabilities of a blunt trailing edge profiled body at in-termediate Reynolds numbers”, Experiments in Fluids, 55(7), 1779, (2014). DOI:10.1007/s00348-014-1779-4
  • Shademan, M.*, Balachandar, R., Hangan H., "Numerical simulation of wind loading on ground-mounted solar panels at different flow configurations", Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 41: 728-738, (2014).
  • Rasouli, A.*, Hangan, H., “Micro-Scale CFD Simulation for Wind Mapping over Complex Topographic Ter-rains”, ASME.J. Sol. Energy Eng., 135(4); 041005, (2013).
  • Diwakar, N.*, Hangan, H., “Large eddy simulations of translation and surface roughness effects on torna-do-like vortices”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 104(106): 577–584, (2012). DOI: 10.1016/j.jweia.2012.05.004
  • Naghib-Lahouti, A.*, Dodipatla, L.S., Hangan, H., "Secondary wake instabilities of a blunt trailing edge profiled body as a basis for flow control", Experiments in Fluids, 52: 1547-1566, (2012).
  • Refan, M.*, Hangan, H., “Aerodynamic performance of a small Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine”, ASME J. Sol. Energy Eng., 134(2): 0210131-7, (2012).
  • Akomah, A.*, Hangan, H., Naughton, J., “Very High Reynolds Number Boundary Layers Over 3D Sparse Roughness and Obstacles: The Mean Flow,” Experiments in Fluids, 51(3): 743-752, (2011). DOI: 10.1007/s00348-011-1086-2
  • Hashemi-Tari, P.*, Gurka, R., Hangan, H., “Experimental investigation of tornado-like vortex dynamics with Swirl Ratio: The mean and turbulent flow fields”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerody-namics, 98(12): 936-944, (2010). DOI: 10.1016/j.jweia.2010.10.001
  • Darwish M.M.*, El Damatty A. and Hangan H., “Dynamic characteristics of Transmission Line Conductors and Behaviour under Turbulent Downburst Loading”, Wind and Structures, 13 (4): 327-346, (2010).
  • Hangan, H., “Current and Future Directions for Wind Research at Western: A New Quantum Leap in Wind Research through the Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment (WindEEE) Dome”, the Japan Archi-tectural Wind Engineering (JAWE) Journal, 35 (4) [No 125]:277-281, (2010). DOI: 10.5359/jawe.35.277
  • Naghib-Lahouti, A.*, Hangan, H., “Active Flow Control for Reduction of Fluctuating Aerodynamic Forces of a Blunt Trailing Edge Profiled Body”, International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, 31(6): 1096-1106, (2010).
  • Hamada A*., El Damatty A. and Hangan H., Shehata A.Y., "Finite element modelling of transmission line structures under tornado wind loading," Wind and Structures, 13(5): 451-469, (2010). DOI: 10.12989/was.2010.13.5.451
  • El-Gammal, M.*, Naughton, J., Hangan, H. “The surface flow and drag force balance of a blunt and di-vergent trailing edge airfoil”, Journal of Aircraft, AIAA Journal, 47(1): 345-348, (2010).
  • Rasouli, A.*, Hangan, H., and Siddiqui, K. “PIV measurements for Complex Topographic Terrain”, the Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 97(5-6):242-254, (2009). DOI: 10.1016/j.jweia.2009.06.010
  • Xu, Z.* and Hangan, H. “An Inviscid Solution for Modeling of Tornado-like Vortices”. ASME J. Appl. Mech., 76(3):031011, (2009).
  • Sultana, K.*, DeGroota, C.T., Straatman, A.G., Gallegob, N.C. and Hangan, H. “Thermal Characteriza-tion of porous graphitic foam – convection in impinging flow”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (IJHMT), 52(19-20): 4296-4301, (2009).
  • Paul, J.E., Hangan, H, Hajgato, J., “The OxyMaskTM development and performance in healthy volun-teers”, Medical Devices: Evidence and Research; 2: 9-17, (2009).
  • Yang, Y.*, Straatman, A., Hangan, H. and Yanful, E.K., “An engineering model for countercurrent flow under wind-induced waves and current”, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, 8(1):19-29, (2008). DOI: 10.1007/s10652-008-9052-0
  • Siddiqui, K., Hangan, H. and Rasouli, A.*, “PIV Technique Implementation for Wind Mapping in Complex Topographies”, Measurements Science and Technology, 19(6): 065403 (11pp), (2008).
  • Hangan, H. and Kim, J.D.*, “Swirl Ratio Effects on Tornado Vortices in relation to Fujita Scale”, Wind and Structures, 11 (4): 291-302, (2008). DOI: 10.12989/was.2008.11.4.291
  • Xu, Z.* and Hangan, H., “Scale, boundary and inlet condition effects on impinging jets with application to downburst simulations”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 96(12): 2383–2402, (2008).
  • Holmes, J.D., Hangan, H., Schroeder, J.L., Letchford, C.W. and Orwig, K.D.*, “A forensic study of the Lubock-Reese downdraft of 2002”, Wind and Structures, 11(2): 137-152, (2008). DOI: 10.12989/was.2008.11.2.137
  • Xu, Z.*, Hangan, H. and Yu, P., “Analytical Solutions for a Family of Gaussian Impinging Jets”. ASME Journal of Mechanics, 75 (2):021019 (2008).
  • El Gammal, M.* and Hangan, H., “Three-dimensional wake dynamics of a blunt and divergent trailing edge airfoil”. Experiments in Fluids, 44: 705-717, (2008).
  • Kim, J.D.*, Hangan, H. and Ho, T.C.E., “Downburst versus boundary layer induced loads for tall build-ings”. Wind and Structures, 10 (5): 481-494, (2007) DOI: 10.12989/was.2007.10.5.481
  • El Gammal, M.*, Hangan, H. and King, J.P.C., “Control of vortex shedding-induced effects in a sectional bridge model by spanwise perturbation method”. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerody-namics, 95(8): 663-678, (2007). DOI: 10.1016/j.jweia.2007.01.006
  • Hangan, H. and Kim, J.D.*, “Numerical simulations of impinging jets with application to downbursts”. Jour-nal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 95 (4): 279-298, (2007). DOI: 10.1016/j.jweia.2006.07.002
  • Hangan, H. and Kim, J.D.*, “Numerical Simulation of Aero-acoustic Noise for Buildings”, CWE Conference Proceedings Paper, J. of Wind Eng. (Japan), 31 (3): 617-620 (2006).
  • Dobre, A.*, Hangan, H and Vickery, B.J., “Wake control based on spanwise sinusoidal perturbations”. AIAA Journal, 44 (3): 485-492, (2006).
  • Straatman, A., Gallego, N.C.*, Thompson, B.E. and Hangan, H., “Thermal characterization of porous car-bon foam – convection in parallel flow.” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 49 (11-12): 1991-1998, (2006).
  • Dobre, A.* and Hangan, H., “Wavelet-based investigation of the high Reynolds number bluff body wake topology”. The International Journal of Wavelets, Multiresolution and Information Processing (IJWMIP), 4 (2): 321-332, (2006).
  • Dobre, A.* and Hangan, H., “Investigation of the three-dimensional intermediate wake topology for a square cylinder at very high Reynolds numbers”. Experiments in Fluids, 37 (2): 518-530, (2004).
  • Seo, J.*, Castillo, L., Johansson, T.G. and Hangan, H., “Reynolds stress in turbulent boundary layers at high Reynolds number”. Journal of Turbulence, 5 (15): 1-22, (2004). DOI: 10.1088/1468-5248/5/1/015
  • Castillo, L., Seo, J.*, Hangan, H. and Johansson, G., “Smooth and Rough Turbulent Boundary Layer at High Reynolds Number”. Experiments in Fluids, 36 (5): 759-774, (2004). DOI: 10.1007/s00348-003-0758-y
  • Hangan, H. and Kim, J.*, “Aerodynamic Slot-Control for 2D Square Prisms”. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 91: 1847-1857, (2003).
  • Hangan, H. and Bekele, S.*, “Numerical Simulation of the Flow and Concentration Fields for Oxygen De-livery Systems”. ASME J. of Biomechanical Eng., 125 (5): 569 -760, (2003).
  • Ricciardelli, F., de Grenet, E.* and Hangan, H., “Pressure distribution, aerodynamic forces and dynamic response of box bridge sections”. J. of Wind Eng. and Ind. Aerodynamics, 90 (10): 1135-1150, (2002). DOI: 10.1016/S0167-6105(02)00227-1
  • Bekele, S.* and Hangan, H., “A comparative investigation of the TTU pressure envelope. Numerical ver-sus laboratory and full scale results”, Wind and Structures, 5 (2): 337-346, (2002). DOI:
  • Havel, B.*, Hangan, H. and Martinuzzi, R., “Buffeting for 2D and 3D Sharp-Edged Bluff Bodies”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 89(14-15): 1369–1381, (2001). DOI: 10.1016/S0167-6105(01)00152-0
  • Hangan, H., Kopp, G., Vernet, A. and Martinuzzi, R., “A wavelet pattern recognition technique for identi-fying flow structures in cylinder generated wakes”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerody-namics, 89(11):1001-1015 (2001). DOI: 10.1016/S0167-6105(01)00095-2
  • Hangan, H., McKenty, F., Gravel, L* and Camarero, R., “Numerical ventilation studies for complex atri-ums”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 89(11-12):1031-1045, (2001). DOI: 10.1016/S0167-6105(01)00097-6
  • Ricciardelli, R and Hangan, H., “Pressure distribution and Aerodynamic Forces on Box Bridge Sections”, Wind and Structures, 4(5): 399-412, (2001). DOI: 10.12989/was.2001.4.5.399
  • Hangan, H., “Experimental, numerical and analytical models for an atmospheric dispersion study”, ASCE J. Aerospace Eng., 12(4): 161-167, (1999).
  • Hangan, H., “Wind-driven rain simulations”, J. Visualization, 1(4): 337-343, (1999).
  • Hangan, H. and Vickery, B.J., “Buffeting of 2D (sharp edged) bluff bodies”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 82:173-187, (1999).
  • Hangan, H., “Wind-driven rain studies. A C-FD-E approach”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 81: 323-331, (1999).
  • Hangan, H. and Vickery, B.J., “A spectral model for buffeting loading”. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamic, 77-78:135-145, (1998).
  • Hangan, H. and Vickery, B.J. “A wake model for 2D (sharp edged) bluff bodies”. Journal of Wind Engi-neering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 72:47-60, (1997).
  • 2019 Doctor Honoris Causa – University of Construction, Bucharest, Romania
  • 2018 American Association of Wind Engineering – Best Paper Award
  • 2017 American Association of Wind Engineering – Industry Innovation Award
  • 2016 Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering (CSME) Fellowship
  • 2015 ENR News Maker of the Year Award
  • 2010 ASME Lewis F. Moody Award
  • 2006 Dean’s Contract Research Award
  • 2005 Faculty of Engineering Award of Recognition
Western University, Adjunct Professor