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Job Record #16888
TitleHigh-Order Computational Fluid Dynamics for Combustion
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerLoughborough University
LocationUnited Kingdom, Loughborough
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateThursday, April 01, 2021
The finite volume (FV) method has been the main workhorse for CFD 
simulations in both academic and industrial research for many years. 
Extending the FV formulation to high-order schemes for unstructured grids, 
suitable for complex geometry, is problematic due to the large stencil 
involved. Higher accuracy for this method is, therefore, generally obtained 
through grid refinement, which can often lead to excessive increases in 
computational cost and memory requirement.

An alternative discretisation method is the spectral/hp element method, 
which is gaining popularity thanks to its additional flexibility in 
enhancing the accuracy via augmenting the local basis of the elements. 
Whilst this high-order formulation has been successfully used in simulations 
of single-phase non-reacting flows, its application to reacting flows such 
as combustion has received much less attention so far.   

In this project, combustion modelling will be implemented into the framework 
of an existing spectral/hp element solver. This will initially be developed 
and validated by simulating canonical flame datasets. Important aspects will 
be to investigate the progression of the flame surface and relevant 
combustion variables at the element level and how suitable turbulence-
chemistry interaction models can be included. Subsequently, the developed 
programme will be applied to setups that are more representative of future 
combustors. This can include combustors using alternative fuels, e.g. 
biofuels or hydrogen, and advanced concepts such as detonation engines or 

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for 
research intensity (REF2014). You will join the Department of Aeronautical 
and Automotive Engineering. The department has well-established connections 
with industry and conducts world leading research in combustion and gas 
turbines. It hosts the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre and the 
National Centre for Combustion and Aerothermal Technology. In addition to 
the university supercomputer, you will have access to the regional and 
national high-performance computing services.

Candidates should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree 
or equivalent in a relevant field. A relevant Master’s degree and/or 
experience in programming for scientific computing will be an advantage.

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select 
‘Aeronautical Engineering’. Please quote reference number: AAE-JS-2014
Contact Information:
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NameJialin Su
Email ApplicationYes
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