Our CFD MSc students have successfully presented and submitted their Group Projects. When the students started their GP’s in February, no-one anticipated the exceptional circumstances involving COVID-19. During the past few weeks several students had moved back to their countries, they faced unprecedented circumstances including lockdown, but they were all very determined. Cranfield University provided every possible facility to the students returning to their homes, and to the students who stayed on campus, so that they could successfully complete.

Our Group Project creates a virtual consultancy environment by bringing together students from various backgrounds to solve an industrial problem. Each group of students work together on a different thematic project, related to a fluid problem encounter in industry. There are three themes: aerospace, automotive and energy.

Presentations were held online, students globally from Mexico to Croatia joined and each group presented their work to the examiners on time and to exceptional quality. Here are a couple of examples of the brilliant efforts put in by our students – well done to the CFD MSc class of 2019/2020!

Design and CFD Analysis of Camber Morphing Airfoils in Transonic Regime, Jesus Miguel Sanchez Gil

It has been a stimulating journey where I could learn more in depth about Compressible Simulators and apply it to this concept of the morphing airfoil. These results for optimal design would not have been possible without the collaboration of my team colleagues who have demonstrated great motivation and enthusiasm throughout the course of the project. We aim to publish this project in a scientific article.”

Study of Cavitating Flow Behind a Bluff Body, Jason Ong

I am delighted to showcase some of the research that myself and my colleagues have been working on over the past few months. This animation shows the alternating jet formation that causes cavitating vortex streets as documented by Arpad Fay in 1967.

The animation on the left side depicts the density field that characterises the bubble formation since the void fraction is a function of the liquid density, while the one of the right shows the streamline visualisation of the vortex structures generated. The re-entrant jet causes cavity breakoff on a periodic basis as it slides under cavity zones in a direction that is opposite to that of the localised flow field.

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