Developing Software for High-Order Simulation of Compressible Flows: Application to Design of Next Generation Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London, UK

Supervisor: Dr Peter Vincent

Topic: Theoretical studies and numerical experiments suggest that unstructured high-order methods (such as discontinuous Galerkin methods) can solve hitherto intractable fluid flow problems in the vicinity of complex geometrical configurations. As such they have the potential to revolutionize numerous engineering design processes. The objective of the proposed research is to develop and implement simple and efficient unstructured high-order methods based on the so called ‘Flux Reconstruction’ (FR) approach, which has recently been developed at NASA Glenn and Stanford University. Particular attention will focus on implementing FR schemes for modern many-core platforms (such as Nvidia GPUs), as well as application of the methods to design of next generation unmanned aerial vehicles. The student will form part of a highly motivated team. There will be significant opportunities for travel, and for interaction with world leading academic/industrial project partners both in the UK and the USA.

Prerequisites: Only the very best students will be considered for this position. Candidates should have (or expect to obtain) a very strong undergraduate degree in a mathematical discipline (e.g. a 1st Class degree in Physics, Aeronautics, Computer Science, Mathematics). Programming experience is a pre-requisite (especially Python, C++ and CUDA). Due to the nature of the funding, students must be UK nationals, or EU nationals who have lived in the UK for the past 3 years.

Other Details: The annual tax-free stipend is circa 15,590 GBP.

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Expected start date is 1st October 2013.

If you are interested in the position please contact Dr Peter Vincent directly by email ( Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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