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HPC simulation of aerodynamics & aeroacoustic

The next generation of commercial aircraft will require an efficient design loop on which unsteady aerodynamics is heavily involved: these include aerodynamics and aeroacoustics on fixed and mobile surfaces such as landing gear, high-lift system, FAN, compressor, turbine, wind turbine and open-rotor. CERFACS proposed to reach this objective by means of high-fidelity CFD methods (based on Large Eddy Simulation -LES- approach), which represents a breakthrough compared to industrial standards, which are based on the steady or unsteady Reynolds-Averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) turbulence modelling. To make the use of LES in industry attractive, a lot of effort have to be done to reduce the CPU cost. Efforts must be made in different directions: numerical discretization (to get the best accuracy for a given CPU time), mesh generation, turbulence modelling, co-processing and HPC efficiency on different platforms (CPU and GPU).

Among all possible CFD approaches, CERFACS is involved in two promissing ones: Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM) and high-order discontinuous approach such as Spectral Difference Method (SDM). CERFACS believe that these approaches have a great potential to dramatically reduce the simulation cost compared to traditional CFD formalisms. In this respect, comparisons are made with the standard CFD solvers available at CERFACS.

Here is an example of an aeroacoustic simulation around a full aircraft using an LBM approach. The use of Cartesian grid with immersed boundary method makes the use of LBM the most promising approach in term of restitution time for LES simulations.


watch the online contest ”my thesis in 180 sec” organized for Marie Curie actions

CERFACS |  24 September 2021

Next Thursday, Sept 30th the #FallingWallsLab #MSCA research presentation competition will take place, . This is a competition in which 15 researchers compete to deliver the best presentation of their research topic in the format "my thesis in 180 seconds" . Javier Crespo-Anadon, 3rd year PhD student in the CFD team is one of the 15 finalists and he will present this thesis topic: ignition in spinning combustion engines for a reduction in CO2 emissions! You can watch it online on the above website on Sept 30th at 3pm. I encourage you to go to the website and register!  You'll be able to listen to the other participants' pitches and vote for your favorite. Come and see for yourself what kind of research the EU funds!Read more

NextSim General Assembly and TC meeting

CERFACS |  16 September 2021

The General Assembly and TC Meeting took place on 15-16 September 2021. CERFACS is involved in the NextSim project (). The primary objective is to increase the capabilities of Computational Fluid Dynamics tools on extreme-scale parallel computing platforms for aeronautical design. This project has received funding from the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement N° 956104. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Spain, France, Germany. This project has received funding from the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) under grant agreement N° ANR-20-EHPC-0002-02. For more information, please visit Read more