Research Associate (Computational Fluid Dynamics)

Updated: 7 months ago
Location: Manchester, ENGLAND
Deadline: 12 Dec 2019

Research Associate (Passive Control of Wave Induced Platform Motions for Semi-submersible FOWTs)            


The Department of Computing and Mathematics is a large and successful unit in MMU’s Faculty of Science and Engineering. It is committed to achieving high quality teaching, research and enterprise. The School has a long track record of securing grants from research councils, EU and government backed bodies like Innovate UK, and had made significant contribution to the University's REF2014 submission. The School works closely with employers, particularly in the region’s vibrant digital sector, on funded projects.

The Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Flow Analysis (CMMFA) within the Department of Computing and Mathematics has a long history of developing advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques for applications in both aerospace and coastal/ocean engineering. Our recent and on-going projects, mainly funded by the EPSRC and supported by industrial collaborators, are primarily concerned with the following applications:

  • Evaluation of marine renewable technology (wave and offshore wind) through the development of computational fluid dynamics methods and tools;
  • Prediction of wave impact loads on coastal and marine structures (coastal defences, marine vessels, oil/gas platforms, etc.).

The CMMFA has a well-equipped computer lab with dedicated high spec desktop workstations and CPU/GPU clusters.


A Postdoctoral Research Associate is required to undertake research in numerical modelling of dynamic response of floating wind turbines (FOWTs) and its passive control using tuned liquid column dampers (TLCDs). More specifically, a recently developed numerical wave tank (NWT) software based on OpenFOAM will be applied to the flow problem and the results will be validated against a number of benchmark test cases. A series of numerical experiments for cases of FOWTs with a range of configurations of the TLDS and anti-heave plates will then be conducted. The results from the simulations will be analysed so the effectiveness of TLCDs in suppressing wave induced motions of FOWTs can be examined in detail, which, along with the results from the complementary wave tank tests, will be used to provide guidance on the design of new FOWT support structures. The project is being funded by EPSRC Supergen ORE Hub for 12 months and is a close collaboration between Manchester Metropolitan University and Ningbo University, China.

Ideal Candidate:

You will have a MSc by Research PhD in Engineering/Applied Mathematics or a closely related area. Knowledge and understanding of the physics of fluids and related numerical methods for modelling free surface flow are essential. You will possess sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge on computational modelling of wave interactions with fixed and floating structures including current practice. You should have the ability to write computational fluid dynamics codes in a high level language (e.g. C++ and/or FORTRAN) and the experience of using high performance computing. Experience in code development and application of OpenFoam for free surface flow problems will be an advantage.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Ling Qian at .

This is fixed term for 12 months

To apply: Please attach your CV and covering letter to the online portal.

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