Project Ref: NGCM-0058
Supervisor: Gabriel Weymouth
Academic Unit: Ship Science
Research Group: FSI & SMMI
Project Description: This project will extend the state of the art in computational fluid structure interactions by developing robust and accurate models for simulating flexible sheets in viscous flows. The analysis of fluid and structure interaction is fundamental to diverse engineering fields, from renewable energy production to biomedical engineering. In some applications, such as wheezing of the soft pallet and optimizing fluttering energy harvesters, the structure can be idealized as a flexible sheet. In extreme cases, such as navigating ships through debris cluttered coastal waters, these sheets are highly flexible and interact directly with one another in a turbulent flow.
The project will consist of two phases: first, a series of physics-based methods will be developed and tested to directly simulate the interaction of a well-mixed fluid with flexible sheets. The long- term goal is to use the results of these first-principle simulations to develop approximate constitutive relations for masses of interacting sheets for use in larger-scale engineering systems.
Cartesian-grid methods have been shown to be well suited to immerse the multiple dynamic solid bodies into the fluid domain, and will be employed in this project. Embedded interface methods will be used to determine the structural response to the computed fluid forces. The combination of these methods will allow the sheets themselves to be represented by simple point-cloud data- structures, enabling new methods to be developed to simulate the contact forces between sheets as they interact.
If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr. Gabriel Weymouth, Fluid- Structure Interaction research group, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 22168
Keywords: Computational Engineering, Computational Modelling, Advanced Materials, Helathcare & Biomedicine, Computational Fluid Mechanics, Turbulence, Energy & Climate Change, Fluid Dynamics, Structures & Soild Mechanics, Biomedical Engineering, Civil & Structural Engineering, Energy, Mechanical Engineering
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