Following the successful completion of the first part of the course, the students embark on a four-month research project. For each student the topic of the project is the same as the one chosen for the Research Planning unit, for which a literature survey and a research plan will have already been produced.
Students have the opportunity to choose a project from a variety of research topics that reflect the range of expertise of the academics that contribute to the course.
Many of these projects would be related to on-going research programmes in one of the four research groups that support this course, namely the Advanced Flow Diagnostics, the Experimental Aerodynamics, the CFD, the Energy and Multi-Physics and the Turbulence Mechanics groups. A research project in industry is also sometimes possible. Flow animations that resulted from recent computational and experimental research projects.
- A Study of Pollution Dispersion in an Isolated Two-Dimensional Street Canyon. Supervisor: Prof D Laurence
- CFD Simulation of Interference Drag from a T-junction. Supervisor: Dr A Filipone
- Wall functions for oscillating turbulent flow. Supervisor: Dr A P Watkins
- LES simulation of cooling practices for improved turbine blade cooling for enhanced thermodynamic efficiency. Supervisor: Prof A Turan
- Internal and external flow field of a pressure swirl atomizer with induced acoustic excitation. Supervisor: Mr D Cooper
- Conjugate heat transfer in simplified turbine blades. Supervisors: Prof H Iacovides and Mr D Cooper
- KK-1 Shock tube studies using surface flow mapping techniques (IND). Supervisor: Prof K Kontis
- The sensitivity of synthetic jets to initial conditions. Supervisor: Dr M A Cotton
- The prediction of impingement heat transfer for turbulent 2-dimensional slot-jets. Supervisors: Prof H Iacovides and Dr T J Craft
- The computation of turbulent buoyancy-affected flows relevant to nuclear reactor cooling applications. Supervisors: Prof H Iacovides and Dr T J Craft
- CFD simulation of flow parallel to a heated rod bundle. Supervisor: Prof D R Laurence