Higher Order Methods for Finite Volume CFD. Self-funded PhD in Engineering Ref: 3075

About the Research Project

Location: Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, EX4 4QJ

Academic Supervisors: Prof Gavin Tabor

Project Description:
Currently the predominant methodology in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is the 2nd order Finite Volume Method, as used in most commercial (Fluent, CFX, STARCCM) and open source (OpenFOAM) codes. As academia and industry now look to perform highly-detailed flow simulations around complex geometries that are needed to increase our understanding of flow physics, these methods are yet to deliver the increase in accuracy that justifies the additional cost of routine and very large-scale simulations that are necessary to meet this goal.

To tackle this challenge, the next generation of CFD codes will involve higher order methods, providing higher numerical resolution of the governing equations. By increasing the order of the method, we increase the work being performed on each element of a mesh, resulting in a more compact scheme that aligns well with modern computing hardware. Higher order methods will therefore allow us to obtain more accuracy at a reduced computational cost. The objective of the project will be to develop novel higher order methods within the Open Source CFD code OpenFOAM. As well  as advancing the subject of higher order methods, this will provide access to the range of physical modelling already implemented in OpenFOAM, allowing us to apply higher order methods to a range of physical problems to which these have not previously been applied.

For more information about the project and informal enquiries, please contact the primary supervisor: Prof Gavin Tabor

Information about current fees can be found here: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/pg-research/money/fees/

Information about possible funding sources can be found here: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/pg-research/money/alternativefunding/

Entry requirements

Applicants for this research project must have obtained a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology, Experience in Engineering is desirable.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the English language requirements and provide proof of proficiency. Click here for more information and a list of acceptable alternative tests.

How to apply

You will be asked to submit some personal details and upload a full CV, covering letter and two academic references. Your covering letter should outline your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project. You may also be asked to upload verified transcripts of your most academic qualification.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email emps-pgr-ad@exeter.ac.uk

Please quote reference 3075 on your application and in any correspondence about this project.


Application deadline:10th June 2018
Value:This project is self-funded
Duration of award:Not applicable
Contact: EMPS Postgraduate Research Office emps-pgr-ad@exeter.ac.uk