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Research project: Generalised lattice Boltzmann method

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The lattice Boltzmann method is known for its computational efficiency and low numerical dissipation properties. Nonetheless, it is restricted to Cartesian grids, making this approach remarkably expensive for capturing boundary layers, and thereby impractical for external flow problems. This PhD project has been funded by CONACYT.

In this work, a second-order numerical scheme is implemented to solve the discrete-velocity Boltzmann equation in generalised curvilinear coordinates to perform fluid flow simulations with non-uniform grids.

Two-dimensional flows over a circular cylinder and NACA0012 aerofoil are specifically investigated to assess the accuracy and performance of the proposed approach. Additionally, the present method has been compared to our own standard Cartesian lattice Boltzmann solver with adaptive mesh refinement (AMROC-LBM) to demonstrate its advantages over the latter.

The present approach can resolve accurately large gradients in the wall vicinity with fewer mesh elements, which may lead to a dramatic reduction in computational effort over Cartesian lattice Boltzmann solvers.

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Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanic (AFM)

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