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SimCenter Research

Integrated Research and Education

The current SimCenter research program is focused by research in computational methods and their application to complex practical engineering analysis and design problems involving aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, propulsion, and electromagnetics. The SimCenter will leverage its expertise in these areas to expand and broaden its research and education programs to promising new areas important to U.S. technology leadership including national issues such as sustainable energy, environment, health care and defense. The Computational Science and Engineering Ph.D. program interacts with  the SimCenter research program to offer a unique educational environment in which students can participate in interdisciplinary team research, with opportunities for significant student interaction with multiple researchers. The program prepares its graduates to develop and apply advanced computational simulation and design software for real-world engineering analysis and design problems and to contribute their expertise in an interdisciplinary team research environment.

Current research projects include:

  • Simulation and Design of Large Electromagnetic Systems
  • Analysis and Design of Solid-Oxide and PEM Fuel Cells
  • Lithium Battery Modeling
  • Aerodynamic Analysis and Design Tools for Integrated Embedded Aircraft Propulsion Systems
  • Class 8 Heavy Truck Modeling: Add-on Drag Reduction Devices
  • Surface Ship Maneuvering and Structural Reponse in Extreme Wind/Wave Conditions
  • Efficient Modeling of Wind-Ocean Waves
  • Wind Farm Turbine Placement Optimization
  • Modeling Airborne Contaminant Releases in Urban Environments and Evacuation Strategies
  • Modeling Coastal Flooding and Evacuation Strategies
  • Modeling Urban Flooding and Evacuation Strategies
  • LES of Chemically Reacting Flows
  • Investigation of Local Low Mach Number Preconditioning Schemes for High Energy Flows
  • Electromagnetic Simulations for Nonlinear Materials
  • Modeling of Respiratory Flow Within the Human Lung
  • Generalized Framework for Constrained Design Optimization Using Adjoint Based Sensitivity Derivatives
  • Large Eddy Simulation (LES) Turbulence Modeling
  • Conjugate Heat Transfer for Turbomachinery Applications
  • Unstructured Grid Generation: Tetrahedral Meshing, Elliptic Smoothing, and Adaptation
  • Unstructured Overset Grid Technology
  • Higher-Order Methods for Unstructured Grids: Petrov-Galerkin and Discontinuous Galerkin Methods
  • Physics-Based Modeling for Multi-Material Interfaces
  • Enhancing Scalability and Performance of Tenasi for Multicore Processors
  • Analysis and Design Improvement of Medical Devices