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EPSRC Reference: EP/R030340/1
Title: PyFR: Towards Industry and Exascale
Principal Investigator: Vincent, Professor PE
Other Investigators:
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Arup Group Ltd BAE Systems Kitware Inc.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology MBDA MTU Aero Engines AG
NASA nVIDIA Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Pointwise, Inc. Stanford University Zenotech Ltd
Department: Aeronautics
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: EPSRC Fellowship
Starts: 23 September 2018 Ends: 22 March 2022 Value (£): 1,080,908
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Aerodynamics Fluid Dynamics
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
07 Feb 2018 Engineering Prioritisation Panel Meeting 7 and 8 February 2018 Announced
09 May 2018 EPSRC UKRI CL Innovation Fellowship Interview Panel 8 - 10 and 11 May 2018 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
This is an extension of the Fellowship: 'Developing Software for High-Order Simulation of Transient Compressible Flow Phenomena: Application to Design of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles' - EP/K027379/1.

Over the past decades, computer simulations of fluid flow have emerged as an important tool for design of complex systems across a range of sectors. It is apparent, however, that for a range of flow problem current generation software is not fit for purpose. Newer software is required, that can make effective use of current and future computing platforms, to perform highly accurate so called 'scale-resolving' simulations of unsteady flow phenomena over complex geometric configurations. Such capability would lead to design of more efficient and capable technology across a range of sectors, including aerospace, defense, architecture, automotive, and green energy.

Current activities under award EP/K027379/1 have led to development of PyFR (www.pyfr.org), a new software that can effectively leverage capabilities of massively-parallel computing platforms, with a view to undertaking hitherto intractable simulations of unsteady airflow over complex Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) configurations. The proposed Fellowship extension will address a range of outstanding issues currently blocking wider industrial adoption of PyFR, taking it further "Towards Industry", as well as addressing a range of issues that will block exploitation of PyFR on next-generation exascale supercomputers, taking it further "Towards Exascale". The proposed Fellowship extension will also look to expand the application space of PyFR beyond just UAVs to a range of sectors, and includes test cases involving flow over turbine blades, missiles, buildings, and submarines.

The research program will be lead by Dr. Peter Vincent, a Reader in the department of Aeronautics at Imperial College. It will be undertaken in collaboration with various industrial partners including MTU Aeroengines, MBDA, Arup, BAE Systems Submarines, BAE Systems MAI, NASA Glenn, Nasa Langley, NVIDIA, Pointwise, Kitware, Zenotech, and Oak Ridge National Lab, and with various academic partners including Stanford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This assembled team of project partners, comprising a selection of the world's leading companies and elite research institutions, will ensure the project successfully delivers its objectives.

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