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Fully Funded PhD Scholarship: Addressing the mesh generation requirement for the aerodynamics 2030 vision

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, May 01, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This scholarship is funded by Swansea University, EPSRC and Airbus.

Start date: October 2020

Subject areas: Computational Techniques

Project description:

Computational techniques that are based on the Finite Element or Finite Volume methods are regularly used by industries for the analysis and design of new products. The ability of these techniques to handle complex geometries rely on the availability of a robust, unstructured mesh generator.

Currently, for aerodynamic flow, at high Reynolds number, meshes containing 10’s of millions of points are used daily by Industry. However, a recent NASA report has predicted that by 2030, meshes containing billions of points will be required routinely by the Aerospace Industry in order to capture the complex, turbulent flow inherent in the design of the next generation of aircraft.

The use of Exascale computing platforms, which will be vital in order to perform these simulations in a reasonable timeframe, brings an exciting array of challenges at every stage of the simulation process, from CAD, through mesh generation and solution, to visualisation and analysis.

In this project we are proposing the development of a new parallel mesh generation scheme that can utilise 100’s of cores for the generation of such large meshes in a short timeframe.

In addition, the meshes generated must be able to resolve the thin, turbulent boundary layer that is present close to solid walls. Currently this is performed using advancing layer techniques that grow layers along a single normal from each surface point. However, these meshes are often of a poor quality in the vicinity of ridges and corners of the CAD model and are unable to capture the complex flow patterns in their vicinity.

This will be addressed by enhancing the boundary layer generation through the implementation of a “multi-normal” approach that will provide meshes that better cater for the complex flow features near ridges and corners that are becoming increasingly important in modern designs.

This project is at the forefront of the move into Exascale computing by the Aerospace Industry and the successful applicant will be working closely with Airbus in order to deliver a significant leap in their capability.

Candidates should hold a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) honours degree (or its equivalent) in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline (computer modelling). Programming ability is required.

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements (IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only.

Funding Notes

This scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,300 for 3.5 years.

There will be additional funds available for research expenses.

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