You can now download our most recent article, published in Applied Ocean Research. The paper describes experiments that show that the drag seen by plates in cross-flow near the free surface, can be reduced using serrations or holes at the plate’s edges.
Grant reference: 2020MFP-COFUND-8 – Dept. Mechanical Engineering
The Laboratory for Fluid-Structure Interaction (LIFE) (https://labfsi.com/) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) (www.urv.cat) in Tarragona (Spain), is looking for an enthusiastic research student with a strong interest in fluid dynamics and fluid-structure interaction. Successful candidates will join a small but very active multidisciplinary team, working in several fluid-structure interaction (FSI) problems. The research will be mainly experimental and focused FSI with application to several engineering problems. The main topic that will be considered during the research include but are not limited to “energy harvesting systems using cross-flow turbines or other novel concepts”.
The research will be carried out at the LIFE group facilities, including wind tunnels, a towing tank and a large free surface water channel. There is also the possibility to use and develop CFD and FEM prediction tools.
Applicants will enroll in the Inter-University PhD Programme in Fluid Mechanics (http://www.doctor.urv.cat/en/prospective-students/courses/7720/index/) in which the URV participates together with other Spanish Universities: U. Jaén, U. Politécnica de Madrid, U. Zaragoza, U. Carlos III Madrid y UNED.
CANDIDATES: Successful applicants must hold a Master degree in Engineering (at least equivalent to a 5 years course in Engineering) at the time of the application, in the areas of Mechanical, Industrial, Aeronautical, Naval or Civil Engineering (note that other backgrounds might not be considered). Preference will be given to candidates able to demonstrate the following desired skills:
- Matlab / Octave / Python or another scientific programming language.
- LabVIEW or other instrumentation-oriented programming language.
- Mechanical engineering design tools such as Creo, Inventor, Solid Works, …
- Simulation tools such as OpenFOAM, ANSYS,…
- Experience with the use of optical measurement techniques, with emphasis in PIV.
All details on how to apply appear in:
More details about the project appear in:
The reference for the grant is 2020MFP-COFUND-8. Please note that applicants applying to other positions at the same time might not be considered.
You can contact any of the two PhD supervisors for questions or for an online meeting:
We have a new paper out in the ASME Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4047199). The paper deals with the dynamics and the drag forces on a cylinder with a flexible splitter plate near the free surface.
#FluidStructureInteraction #FSI #FluidDynamics
Check out our last article in Physics of Fluids. It has been selected as an Editor’s Pick ( https://aip.scitation.org/topic/collections/editors-pick?SeriesKey=phf ). We show 3D LES numerical simulations of a rigid plate near the free surface. You can download it at:
In our last work published in Physics of Fluids, we describe the drag reconfiguration process on elastic plates near the free surface.
You can download it here:
We uncover the effects of locally altering the tip region of a periodic flapping fin system, by using a low order robotic model and detailed loads, motions and wake measurements. We show how the actuation of this region can largely modify propulsive performance and how important is the phase difference between the fin and the tip. #FluidDynamics #BioInspiredDesign
A new article has been published in JFS, dealing with the VIV of tandem cylidners. You can download it here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfluidstructs.2019.04.006
I am very happy to start my new role as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Fluids and Structures. Looking forward to contribute to the reference journal in fluid-structure interaction from the Laboratory for Fluid-Structure Interaction @UniversitatURV
You can download in https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Y7l46nh6oqSO, our last piece of work ”Effect of free surface on a flat plate translating normal to the flow”,carried out recently at the Laboratory for Fluid-Structure Interations, and published in Ocean Engineering!