Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Department
von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
Phone: +32 2 359 96 11
PhD Grant Research Foundation Flanders (IWT/FWO)
Fellowship for industrial/fundamental research (2016-2019).
January 2016 – Present PhD Candidate at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
Title of the dissertation: "Adjoint Surface Optimization for Internal and External Aerodynamics Applications by means of OpenFOAM"
The adjoint optimization will be applied to three different test cases: a U-bend duct, an idealized application (Ahmed body) and a real application (E-Car333 vehicle). The chosen test cases involve turbomachinery and automotive industrial applications with the aim to reduce the pressure loss and the drag, respectively. However, the optimization tools that will be implemented can be extended to any application related to internal and external aerodynamics. The modelling of turbulence could highly influence the optimization results but previous studies have not been found in literature. Therefore, different approaches, Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) and Large Eddy Simulation (LES), will be studied and compared, giving hints on their use and on their advantages and limits for the studied cases. This is the first study that compares the performance of RANS and LES approach applied to the adjoint optimization framework validated against experiments.
August 2015 – December 2015 Post Research Master Student, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
October 2014 – July 2015 Research Master in Fluid Dynamics (with Honours), von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
Master subjects: Fluid Dynamics, Turbulence, Heat Transfer, Multiphase flows, Numerical Method, Numerical Simulation for Industrial problems, Measurement Techniques.
Project: "Optimization of a ground vehicle". The optimization is carried out using the adjoint method by means of OpenFOAM. To achieve the project aim, new implementations have been performed to cover the lack currently present in the OpenFOAM solvers regarding the adjoint surface optimization. The implemented solver has been coupled with a mesh morphing solver to obtain the optimized vehicle shape.
January 2014 – July 2014 CFD Engineer, SCK-CEN, Antwerp Area, Belgium
Internship at SCK-CEN as CFD Engineer