Theses and Dissertations


Randa Bassou

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Thompson, David S.

Committee Member

Janus, J. Mark

Committee Member

Sescu, Adrian

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Aerospace Engineering


Over the past few decades, visualization and application researchers have been investigating vortices and have developed several algorithms for detecting vortex-like structures in the flow. These techniques can adequately identify vortices in most computational datasets, each with its own degree of accuracy. However, despite these efforts, there still does not exist an entirely reliable vortex detection method that does not require significant user intervention. The objective of this research is to solve this problem by introducing a novel vortex analysis technique that provides more accurate results by optimizing the threshold for several computationally-efficient, local vortex detectors, before merging them using the Bayesian method into a more robust detector that assimilates global domain knowledge based on labeling performed by an expert. Results show that when choosing the threshold well, combining the methods does not improve accuracy; whereas, if the threshold is chosen poorly, combining the methods produces significant improvement.