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Airflow simulation around aircrafts, engines, buildings …

The CFD team (Computational Fluid Dynamics) is the biggest one at CERFACS. It focuses on flow simulation while developing advanced numerical methods applied to planes, rockets, helicopters, car engines, turbines, etc. The CFD team is strongly tied to other teams like GLOBC or PAE that also use CFD to forecast climate changes or the environmental impact of aviation: indeed, behind these themes, the equations that govern fluid flows are to be found first.

Calculate this engine before building it !

The CFD team develops essential tools in numerous applicative fields with a today well-known leitmotiv in the industrial world: let's calculate systems (planes, engines) before building them. This allows to reduce the cost of testing by one order of magnitude.  The CFD team is at the centre of this research along with its shareholders.

CFD is also a field where High Performance Computing is to be found : CFD simulations rely on fine computational grids with billions of points running on million-core supercomputers. Performing reliable and efficient calculations is another main focus for which Cerfacs is recognized as a key partner.

 

Team members

In memory of Hieu HA MINH and Vincent Van KEMENADE

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Project Leaders

Jean-François BOUSSUGE

Bénédicte CUENOT

Scientific Advisors

Thierry POINSOT

Pierre SAGAUT

Team Assistant

Marie LABADENS

Jade SCHWEIGER

Senior Researchers

Guillaume DAVILLER

Jérôme DOMBARD

Florent DUCHAINE

Laurent GICQUEL

Thomas JARAVEL

Jean-Christophe JOUHAUD

Davide LAERA

Nicolas ODIER

Eléonore RIBER

Olivier VERMOREL

Research Engineer

Marc MONTAGNAC

Nicholas TRELEAVEN

Study Engineer

Louis FERNEY

Thomas LESAFFRE

Consultants

Pierre BOIVIN

Stéphane MOREAU

Jens-Dominik MULLER

Franck NICOUD

Michael RUDGYARD

11 postdoctoral researchers, 43 PhD students and trainees

 

 

NEWS

Thierry Poinsot officially entered the French Academy of Sciences

CERFACS |  8 November 2021

Thierry Poinsot officially entered the French Academy of Sciences on October 12. See presentation here :Read more


The AVBP code from CERFACS at the heart of for PRACE projects from the 23rd call

CERFACS |  30 September 2021

Cerfacs is involved in three PRACE projects of the 23rd call for which hour allocation runs from 01/10/2021 to 30/09/2022. Researchers from ECL/LMFA UMR5509 (Ecole Centrale de Lyon) and IMFT (UMR 5502) laboratories have earned projects entirely based on the use of the LES solver developed by Cerfacs AVBP and involve the support of experts from the CFD and COOP teams underling the importance and effectiveness of collaborations between French labs and Cerfacs. Alexis Giauque from ECL/LMFA UMR5509 (Ecole Centrale de Lyon) has obtained not only one but two PRACE projects! The first project LESFAN (RA0101, 30 000 000 CPU hours on Irene/Rome TGCC) is based on the use of AVBP in the turbomachinery version to study the generation of noise by a fan of a real airplane engine. The second, PRACE-EDGES (RA0101, 40 000 000 CPU hours on Irene/Rome TGCC) focuses on LES modeling of dens gas in complex geometries. To do so, the LMFA Team has developed advanced thermodynamic closures in AVBP allowing the direct simulation of such flows. Laurent Selle from IMFT (UMR 5502) has received CPU hours for the GASTON project (RA0061, 30 000 000 CPU hours on Marenostrum BSC) which aims to study the structure of hydrogen flames in porous materials. For this, IMFT and Cerfacs will perform coupled simulations considering the reactive flow with AVBP as well as the conduction in the porous medium with AVTP which is known to play an central role in the flame stabilization process. Carlos Perez Arroyo from IMFT (UMR 5502) received 16 Mh CPU hours on Joliot-Curie Skylake partition to support his project WONDER.Read more

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