About the Fluid Dynamics Group
The objective of the Fluid Dynamics group at QUT is to solve real-world problems using Computational methods (CFD) in traditional High Performance (HPC) and next gen ‘Cloud Computing’ environments. The Fluid Dynamics group aims to promote the application of CFD to design and optimisation to our industrial partners with the goal of preparing QUT’s real-world students for a more complex future.
The workgroup is focussed on engaging with the constant improvement of computer capabilities along with the improved numerical methods and techniques of leading edge CFD technologies. Modern CFD can be applied to relatively complex geometries. Despite the progress made, the solution of some highly complex fluid flows remains beyond the present capabilities and compromises between physics and numerics are still needed. This is especially true in the Fluid Dynamics workgroups areas of expertise: non-Newtonian flows, unsteady flows, coupled phenomena between fluid mechanics and other mechanisms (multi-phase flows and particle tracking, fluid structure interactions, optimization, and design under uncertainties, etc.).
The interdisciplinary nature of fluid dynamics, multiphysics, and multi-scale modelling has also lead to strong collaboration opportunities with the other disciplines within the LAMSES group, QUTs School of Mathematics and our industry and research partners in Australia and abroad.
The research work of the Fluid Dynamics group ranges from the design, application, and demonstration of novel computational technologies and frameworks to the analysis of complex flow. We address problems encountered in mechanical engineering, energy generation, industrial, heat and mass transfer and biomedical applications. Our group has a strong focus on emerging fields such as meshfree methods for bio-medical applications and has a number of in-house codes.
The research group has an important focus on real world problems such as particle modelling, through diverse applications from human lungs to heat exchangers and ventilation systems. To complement our Fluid Dynamics work and to provide robust and reliable design of mechanical systems under uncertainties, advanced non-intrusive spectral methods are developed and applied in collaboration with our international partners.