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Development of efficient Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) for contained flows in motorsport applications

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    Prof B Rogers
    Prof P K Stansby
    Dr S Lind
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The design and performance of motorsport vehicles relies on key components including the gear box and fuel tank. Achieving optimum power transfer and maintaining engine fuel supply is a very challenging task where the flows occur in extremely complex geometries under rapidly-varying imposed forces and involve gear wheels rotating at many 1000s revolutions per minute generating heat. The accelerations during certain conditions, can be up to five times gravity, are beyond experimental rigs, making computer simulation the only design option. Conventional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is not well suited to simulate the violent hydrodynamics occurring in the engine such as in the gear box due to the complex and generally highly distorted, surface motion. However, few simulation methods can capture the full physics.

This PhD will use Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH). SPH has no computational mesh and is revolutionising engineering simulation being ideal for potentially violent free-surface hydrodynamics where there is strong nonlinearity with highly complex moving geometries. The aim is to develop an efficient SPH model using new ideas for variable resolution with particle splitting & merging. The simulations will be accelerated on graphics processing units (GPUs) as part of our open-source DualSPHysics code.

In order to complete the research, candidates will ideally have or develop during PhD:

A good first degree in a suitable Engineering discipline such as mechanical or civil engineering, including a sound knowledge of mathematics. Experience (or a keen interest) in computer programming would be a definite advantage, for example C++/CUDA.

Areas of expertise: MACEAerospaceVS, MACEEngines, MACELaser, MACEMaPoS, MACESPH, MACEThermofluids, MACEVirtual

Funding Notes

Funding is offered through the Engineering and Science Research Council (ESRC) for one PhD studentship to start by July 2019. The duration of the studentship is for 3 years and will cover both Home/EU tuition fees and a stipend to cover living costs at the RCUK-standard rate.

Further information about how to apply can be found at:

General enquiries relating to the postgraduate application process within the School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering should be directed to:

Martin Lockey, Senior PG Recruitment & Admissions Administrator (E-mail: [Email Address Removed], Tel: +44(0)161 275 4345)

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