Computational Fluid Dynamics

Finite volume meshes for an oil rig prepared for a CFD simulation.

'By sharing funds and access to equipment we can make significant impact on difficult problems,' explains Bill Dawes. 'When the physics of a problem is understood, we then have to provide a conduit between the fundamental modelling and the practical applications. For instance, on oil rigs, it is difficult to prevent the leak - spark - explosion scenario, but with good modelling, we can calculate safe strength levels for the structures, appropriate venting arrangements and siting of safe refuges to prevent major disasters. Even the difference between having latticed and smooth surfaces on a walkway can alter the speed with which a fire will spread.' Professor Ken Bray, Professor Ann Dowling, Dr Stewart Cant and Dr Mark Savill have joined forces with Bill Dawes to share some of their research in the CFD team.