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Scientific challenges at CERFACS

Research at CERFACS is performed on 9 cross-functional axes, from high performance computing and advanced algorithms (numerical methods, code coupling, data assimilation, uncertainties) to expanding themes such as climate, environment , combustion, aeronautics.

Its application fields deal with scientific challenges structuring several decadal projects. These challenges meet the cross-functionnal CERFACS research areas conducted  by one or several teams.

  • The Cougar and Puma challenges respectively aim at the simulation of the unsteady functioning of a complete engine of gas turbine and of a whole aircraft in realistic flight conditions.
  • The Declipp challenge deals with decadal prediction and climate variability using climate modeling and a coupled ocean-atmosphere model.
  • The Decola challenge is about simulating unsteady combustion of rocket engines in realistic “supercritical” named conditions.
  • The Modest challenge gathers specialized modeling activities about environment and security. This in order to better characterize natural and industrial risks in terms of monitoring, scenarios and real-time tracking.

More challenges may be created in consultation with the CERFACS shareholders.

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First 360-degrees Large-Eddy Simulation of a full engine

Jérôme DOMBARD |  17 June 2020

Within the PRACE project FULLEST (First fUlL engine computation with Large Eddy SimulaTion), a joint collaboration between CERFACS, SAFRAN and AKIRA technologies, Dr. C. Pérez Arroyo (post doctoral fellow at CERFACS) has carried out under the supervision of Dr. J. Dombard the first high-fidelity simulation of a part of the real engine DGEN380 (for now, from the fan to the combustion chamber). This 360-degrees integrated large-eddy simulation contains around two billion cells on the three instances, carried out with the AVBP code of CERFACS.  The CPU cost is obviously large but still within reach, performing around one turn of fan during 5 days over 14400 skylake cores. Post-treatments are in progress and already show, among other complex phenomena, a strong interaction between the high pressure compressor and the combustion chamber (see forthcoming paper GT2020-16288 C. Pérez Arroyo et al). Below a video showing: in the fan an isosurface at mid-height of the vein colored by the Mach number, in the high pressure compressor a gradient of density, in the bypass of the combustion chamber the static pressure and in the flame tube a temperature field. One of the goals of the project is to create a high-fidelity unsteady database to study interactions between modules and may help other teams to develop new lower order models and/or validate existing ones. Beyond the feasibility and the maturity of the AVBP code, this kind of calculation is an important milestone for the aeronautical industry and would allow to apprehend earlier in the design the effect of integration and installation and thus, to reduce the cycle and therefore the cost of the future aircraft engines. PRACE and GENCI CPU ressources and Safran Tech/DGAC fundings are gratefully acknowledged, along with the invaluable technical support at CERFACS: Dr. G. Staffelbach, Dr. F. Duchaine, Dr. L. Gicquel, Dr....Read more


B. Cuenot distinguished as Program Chair of international Symposium on Combustion

superadmin |  29 May 2020

B. Cuenot has been distinguished as Program Chair for the 39th International Symposium on Combustion, to be held in Vancouver (Canada) in 2022. The International Symposium on Combustion is a major event for the combustion community, where the current best research is presented.Read more

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