University of Liverpool - Centre for Engineering Dynamics
Partner short name: LIV
The Centre for Engineering Dynamics specialises in the mathematical modelling, experimentation, testing and control of dynamic systems, focusing especially on vehicles, fluids and structures.
We bring together strong fundamental research capabilities with an extensive applied engineering programme. Much of this cutting edge work is undertaken in partnership with major industry names.
Computational Fluid Dynamics
The computational fluid dynamics group is exploring how CFD can meet the stability and control challenges in civil and high performance military aircraft, wind turbines, propellors, missiles, jet flows and supersonic flows.
Our work includes the pioneering application of CFD concepts to rotary wing aircraft and we have created the AgustaWestland Advanced Rotorcraft Centre with AgustaWestland, to support this and other rotorcraft projects.
To help shape the next generation of aerospace vehicles we are researching and developing multiphysics simulations with which to understand complex flows such as hypersonic rarefied flow and nano-scale fluid flows.
Role in MareWint
Liverpool University is involved in aeroelastic computations for large-scale wind turbines using CFD and CSD coupling. The main tool employed at Liverpool is the Helicopter Multi-Block solver (HMB) with a new all-Mach number scheme that allows flows to be computed down to very low Mach numbers. The method is couple with time-marching and frequency-domain algorithms that reduce the cost of CFD computations.
Within MareWint, it is envisaged that the aeroelastic method in HMB will be expanded to include the influence of hydrodynamics for the analysis of the effect of the sea waves on the wind turbine structure.