EPSRC DTP PhD studentship: Higher Order Methods for Finite Volume CFD

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Main supervisor: Prof Gavin Tabor (University of Exeter)
Co-supervisor:  Dr David Moxey (University of Exeter)
Co-supervisor:  Dr Recep Kahraman (University of Exeter)

Currently the predominant methodology in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is the 2nd order Finite Volume Method, as used in most commercial and open source codes. However these are proving increasingly deficient for modern academic and industrial CFD challenges, and the cutting edge of the subject is in developing higher order methods. The student's role will be to develop novel higher order methods within the Open Source CFD code OpenFOAM. This will involve

  • Developing a new layer of mesh, field and matrix classes within the existing code structure
  • Researching and developing new higher order matrix methods for implementation and publication
  • Integrating the new higher order methods with the existing physical modelling (such as turbulence, multiphase and combustion modelling).

As well as advancing the subject of higher order methods, this will provide access to the range of physical modelling already implemented in OpenFOAM, allowing us to research the application of these methods to a range of engineering problems not previously tackled using these techniques. This programme of work represents a challenging but not un-achievable package of work for the PhD student, supported by the supervision team which can provide expertise in higher order methods (David Moxey) and programming in OpenFOAM (Gavin Tabor, Recep Kahraman). The student will gain through undertaking a cutting-edge programme of research in one of the most interesting areas of CFD, which is likely to be the backbone of CFD technology over the next decade; and also through links with companies such as OpenCFD-ESI (authors of the OpenFOAM code) and Zenotech.

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