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Fluid Mechanics and Computational Science Department in the School of Engineering specialises in the development of numerical algorithms and computational modelling of flow and heat transfer in the following areas:
- Instabilities and transition in single and multiphase fluid flows
- Turbulence modelling and simulation, in particular time-accurate approaches
- Micro and nano-flows and multiscale modelling, in particular multiscale models for macromolecules in fluid flow
- Multispecies and multi-component flow modelling
- Rarefied gas modelling, in particular approaches based on Burnett equations
- Development and application of numerical methods for incompressible and compressible flows, in particular high-resolution and high-order methods.
- High-performance computing
Computational modelling is an essential tool for fusion science and technology. Past and ongoing work in the Department with the focus on the application of the above areas to fusion science and technology includes:
- Computational analysis of heat removal technologies. (e.g. hypervapotron analsysis and characterisation for JET experiment)
- Analysis of ion beam neutralisation systems (e.g. coupled rarefied gas/beam modelling of the JET neutraliser chamber)
The Department offers a Master of Science programme in the Computational Fluid Dynamics, which can help future fusion engineers develop their modelling skills.