Three-year project to develop computational fluid dynamics tech for the aerospace industry

Three-year project to develop computational fluid dynamics tech for the aerospace industry

The Centre for Modelling & Simulation has teamed up with Zenotech, Aircraft Research Association and Bombardier to lead the development of a high-order computational fluid dynamics technology for the aerospace industry.

Three-year project to develop computational fluid dynamics tech for the aerospace industry

The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), an independent, not-for-profit specialist in digital engineering capability, has teamed up with Zenotech, Aircraft Research Association (ARA) and Bombardier to lead the development of a high-order computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology for the aerospace industry.

The £1.55 million Aero Flux project, which is part-funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and Innovate UK, is a continuation of the successful Hyperflux++ project.

It will enable the research and development of advanced high-order CFD methods, beyond baseline technologies currently used by the aerospace industry.

The three-year project, which is being led by CFMS, will develop the capability for fluid-structure interaction, broadband acoustics, accelerated time-stepping, advanced high-order mesh generation and multi-disciplinary coupling.

This will address the latest aerospace requirements with a greater level of accuracy. CFMS will independently evaluate, test and benchmark the methods as they are developed, as well as disseminating outcomes. 

Flexibility and freedom

Sam Paice, Chief Operating Officer at CFMS, commented: “The development of new technologies from the Aero Flux project will offer greater flexibility and freedom in the high-value design process, creating more accurate and efficient modelling tools.

"This will generate new opportunities, challenges and novel innovation, where physical testing of the end product will be reduced and the efficiency, speed and cost of the product development process will be improved.”

Zenotech's ZCFD product will help to improve performance in aerospace, ARA will oversee the development of new high-order meshing tools for industrial use, and Bombardier will present the industrial challenge and evaluation.

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