Computer simulation of complex fluid flow in mechanical, aerospace, and biomedical applications.
Virtual Human: Biofluid Mechanics
AirPROM (Airway Disease: Predicting Outcomes through Patient Specific Computational Modelling) is an EU FP7-ICT Integrated Project. The €15.5M 5-year project aims to "bridge the critical gaps in our clinical management of airways disease, by providing validated models to predict disease progression and response to treatment and the platform to translate these patient-specific tools, so as to pave the way to improved, personalised management of airways disease". We are involved in developing a computational fluid dynamics model of the air flow in human airways.
Flow Control: EPSRC/Airbus/EADS
The most significant factors in determining the fuel burn of modern transport aircraft are aerodynamic drag and airframe weight. At the flight conditions for maximum aerodynamic efficiency, the skin friction component is approximately one quarter of the total aircraft drag and therefore plays an important role in determining the overall fuel economy. We are interested in developing future technologies for active control, specifically with the aim of responding to and reducing skin friction drag.
Lithium-ion battery modelling
The high energy/power density of lithium-ion (Li-ion) polymer has made them an attractive power source in electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), as they can provide longer driving range and higher acceleration. A battery thermal management system enabling effective temperature control becomes essential for the performance, reliability and lifespan. In this study, a three-dimensional, fully-coupled electro-thermal cell model, which is capable of modelling vehicle load conditions, is developed.
Challenging CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) studies for various mechanical and aerospace engineering applications.