UK Turbulence Consortium

Lead Research Organisation: University of Southampton
Department Name: Faculty of Engineering & the Environment


An expanded high-performance computing (HPC) consortium is proposed to investigate fundamental aspects of the turbulence problem using numerical simulation. Cases include transitional and fully developed turbulent flows in canonical and complex geometries, with relevance to a wide range of engineering, environmental/geophysical and biological applications. The consortium will serve to coordinate, augment and unify the research efforts of its participants, and to communicate its expertise and findings to an international audience. Most of the staff resource to carry out the scientific work is already in place, funded by EPSRC or other sources, and in all cases the projects have qualified and available staff in place to complete them. This application is for: (a) a core allocation of HPC time to enable consortium members to carry out simulations of world-leading quality, (b) dedicated staff at STFC Daresbury Laboratory and the University of Southampton to ensure efficient use of HPC resources and progress on key projects, (c) a PhD studentship to address issues related to the effect of next-generation HPC architectures on the future of turbulence simulation, (d) travel and subsistence for regular management meetings and international visitors, and (e) support for annual progress reviews, including two expanded workshops to which members of the wider UK turbulence community will be invited.


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Description Within the UK turbulence consortium, we have been able to investigate turbulence in a wide range of applications, ranging from flow over wings to flow in estuaries and in nasal cavities. New insights have been generated by the numerical experiments conducted that have found their way into modelling.
Exploitation Route Numerical experiments conducted within UKTC have pushed the boundaries of turbulence research. Other groups worldwide are building on work conducted within UKTC.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Energy,Environment

Description A more fundamental study of flow past a Naca 0012 wing tip funded by UKTC has allowed Prof Sherwin's group to assess the capability of LES modelling and the resolution required to obtain mean properties that are comparable with experimental data. This understanding is now being applied to more complex geometries of direct interest to our industrial partner, McLaren Racing Ltd.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Transport
Impact Types Economic

Description ITN-IDP Grant "Multisolve"
Amount € 3,816,682 (EUR)
Funding ID grant agreement number 317269 
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 04/2013 
End 03/2017
Description Industry funding
Amount £300,000 (GBP)
Organisation General Electric 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start 09/2011 
End 09/2014
Title UK Turbulence Consortium database 
Description Data from numerical experiments of canonical test cases are stored on the UKTC database and made available upon request. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2006 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Other (international) groups have requested access to data. 
Title Incompact3D - CFD code 
Description Incompact3d is a powerful numerical tool for academic research. It can combine the versatility of industrial codes with the accuracy of spectral codes. Thank to a very successful project with NAG and HECToR (UK Supercomputing facility), Incompact3d can be used on up to hundreds of thousands computational cores to solve the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. This high level of parallelisation is achieved thank to a highly scalable 2D decomposition library and a distributed Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) interface. This library is available at and can be freely used for your own code. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2013 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact A large (approx 100) number of international users are now using the code.