PhD Studentship: Development and application of lattice Boltzmann models for predictive large eddy


PhD Studentship: Development and application of lattice Boltzmann models for predictive large eddy simulation of turbomachinery aerodynamics

Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics Group


Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:   Wednesday 19 July 2017
Reference:  759716AK

Project Reference: AACE-AFM-151

Project Themes: Fluid Dynamics, Computational Engineering


In recent years, the lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) has emerged as an interesting alternative CFD approach for wind engineering and aerodynamics. For rotating machinery, our current implementation is already significantly faster than conventional solvers that approximate the incompressible or weakly compressible Navier-Stokes equations directly. However, challenges remain in the predictive simulation of highly turbulent flows and the modeling of boundary layers.

This project will concentrate on the development and validation of predictive large eddy simulation models that are compatible with single- and multi-relaxation time lattice Boltzmann methods. This includes implementation of compatible wall function models, which are of crucial importance for the Cartesian embedded boundary approach intrinsic to LBM. Beside standard benchmarks, large-scale investigations into the aerodynamics of operating horizontal axis wind turbines are planned. All developments will be carried in our mature C++ framework AMROC, which already provides a fully functional dynamically adaptive and fully parallel LBM implementation with on-the-fly fluid-structure coupling to turbomachinery models.


The ideal candidate holds an MEng or MSc degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering degree with concentration on aerodynamics or fluid mechanics. A qualification equivalent to a UK first class honours degree is preferred. Excellent computational skills and interest in CFD programming and fluid mechanical modelling are expected. Some familiarity with lattice Boltzmann methods is not necessary but will be considered an asset.

This is a fully funded full-time three-year PhD studentship that is available to UK/EU citizens only.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr. Ralf Deiterding, Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics research group, Email: Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 3384.


To apply please use the following link and select Faculty of Engineering and the Environment.


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