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Mr Chay Atkins MEng

Postgraduate research student

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Chay Atkins is a postgraduate research student investigating automated mesh generation around ablating bodies in hypersonic flows.

He graduated from the University of Southampton in 2014 with a MEng in Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is currently undertaking a part-time PhD at the University of Southampton, whilst working as a civil servant. His research is focussed on developing automated mesh generation techniques for CFD using Cartesian AMR and strand meshing algorithms. These techniques are combined with hypersonic fluid models to model hypersonic flow around ablating bodies. 

MEng, University of Southampton 2014

Research interests

Hypersonic Computational Fluid Dynamics, Automated Mesh Generation, Ablation Modelling

MPhil/PhD Research

Automated Mesh Generation for Hypersonic Flow Simulations of Ablating Bodies

Ralf Deiterding

Neil Sandham


Research group

Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanic (AFM)

Research project(s)

Automated Mesh Generation for Hypersonic Flow Simulations of Ablated Bodies

Vehicles travelling at hypersonic speeds experience significant heat transfer from the surrounding flow. This can require the use of thermal protection systems that ablate at high temperatures to reduce the heating experienced by the vehicle. Ablation leads to shape change, which can cause bottlenecks in computational simulations as a new computational mesh is required. This project is investigating the use of strand/Cartesian AMR meshing procedures to automatically create high-quality grids around ablating bodies.

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Mr Chay Atkins
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
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