Location University of Queensland, School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering
App. deadline Applications accepted year round/until filled
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Eligibility Open to international applicants

Fluid-Structural Interactions in High-Speed Flows. (part-funded, contact for details)

The role

The candidate will work as part of a multi-university and multi-national team, embedded in the Centre for Hypersonics here at the University of Queensland to deliver the goals the ARC-Discovery Project, Fluid-Structural Interactions in High-Speed Flows. The aims of this project are: 

We will perform first-of-kind experiments to measure fluid-structure interaction in hypersonic flows. We will use this data to assess and improve advanced numerical simulation tools. These tools will in turn be used to reveal the underlying physics of the fluid-structure interactions and establish the relative significance of the driving parameters. Accurate prediction of the behaviour and lifetime of structural components subject to these fluid-structural interactions, in which the deformation of the structure induced by the local flow field, can in turn influence this flow field. This coupling can result in damage or even catastrophic structural failure and thus robust design tools must be developed to avoid this.

As part of this project you would be expected to perform the following:

  • Conduct CFD simulations of Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) problems using the UQ in-house CFD code Eilmer
  • Modify and enhance the CFD code Eilmer to improve the FSI capabilities
    (some experience with scripting languages, MATLAB is essential)
  • Design experimental set-ups for FSI testing in T-USQ (Hypersonic tunnel with flows up to Mach 7)
  • Analyse experimental data for validation of FSI simulations

A sound understanding of CFD, CAD, compressible fluid dynamics and experimentation are essential for successful completion of this project. Depending on abilities of the applicant the project can be fine tuned to better suit an experimental or numerical focus.

Working as part of this multi-national project will create opportunities for the candidate to form an international network with our collaborators and also to spend time overseas to enhance their research skills.

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Dr Ingo Jahn