Lead Research Organisation: STFC - Laboratories
Department Name: Scientific Computing Department


The proposed UK Consortium on Turbulent Reacting Flows will perform high-fidelity computational simulations (i.e. Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes simulations (RANS), Large Eddy Simulation (LES) and Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS)) by utilising national High Performance Computing (HPC) resources to address the challenges related to energy through the fundamental physical understanding and modelling of turbulent reacting flows. Engineering applications range from the formulation of reliable fire-safety measures to the design of energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly internal combustion engines and gas turbines. The consortium will serve as a platform to collaborate and share HPC expertise within the research community and to help UK computational reacting flow research to remain internationally competitive. The proposed research of the consortium is divided into a number of broad work packages, which will be continued throughout the duration of the consortium and which will be reinforced by other Research Council and industrial grants secured by the consortium members. The consortium will also support both externally funded (e.g. EU and industrial) and internal (e.g. university PhD) projects, which do not have dedicated HPC support of their own.
The consortium will not only have huge intellectual impact in terms of fundamental physical understanding and modelling of turbulent reacting flows, but will also have considerable long-term societal impact in terms of energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. Moreover, the cutting edge computational tools developed by the consortium will aid UK based manufacturers (e.g. Rolls Royce and Siemens) to design safe, reliable, energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly combustion devices to exploit the expanding world-wide energy market and boost the UK economy. Last but not least, the proposed collaborative research lays great importance on the development of highly-skilled man-power in the form of Research Associates (RAs) and PhD students of the consortium members, who in turn are expected to contribute positively to the UK economy and UK reacting flow research for many years to come.


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Description The consortium made significant progress in many areas with its members producing many scientific publications.
Exploitation Route The work provided the background to an expanded consortium proposal that was supported by EPSRC and will provide funds for access to ARCHER and development of new flagship software.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Energy

URL https://www.ukctrf.com/
Description Results have been used by researchers and industrial partners.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Energy
Description Addressing Challenges Through Effective Utilisation of High Performance Computing - a case for the UK Consortium on Turbulent Reacting Flows (UKCTRF)
Amount £501,644 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R029369/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 01/2023
Description High End Computing Call
Amount £475,707 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P022286/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2017 
End 05/2019
Description We are working with Cambridge and Newcastle universities to create an adaptive mesh solver for turbulent reacting flows. Good progress is being made with the anticipation that the software will be released in late 2017 or 2018. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Not yet released, still under development and test.