Stability and Sensitivity Methods for Industrial Design

Project is funded by European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon 2020” under the Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Innovative Training Programme. Call : H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015

SSeMID will provide valuable information of aerodynamic characteristics of an airplane paving the way to its complete industrialization while increasing the academic knowledge regarding instability mechanisms and covering the necessary skills and knowledge to train experts in this area.

The main objective of SSeMID is training of 16 PhD students in the aerodynamics field. In particular enable the ESRs to:
  1. Be able to identify the main problems involved in stability, analysis and control of unsteady flows.
  2. Master the methods and tools, numerical and experimental, required to solve these problems and to contribute to advance in the current state of the art.
  3. Control the existing industrial methodologies used to tackle problems related not only to detached flows, but also to general design processes.
  4. Understand the different roles and complementariness between academia and industry and to learn how to create bridges between them.
  5. Be able to carry out their independent research project.
  6. Acquire complementary skills relevant to working as academic researchers and industry engineers.

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Development of numerical tools

Leader: Imperial College London

Innovation aspects: High order methods: implementation of robust turbulent models, error estimation, h/p mesh adaptation, implicit and multigrid methods for high-order schemes. Unsteady solutions, mode decomposition techniques.


Formulation of Direct and Adjoint methods

Leader: ONERA

Innovation aspects: to mature continuous and discrete approaches for stability analysis: Biglobal, Triglobal. Stability analysis with turbulence models and complex 3D geometries. Eigenvalue methods for large dimensional and stiff problems.


Analysis of flow sensitivity under external perturbation

Leader: University of Cambrige

Innovation aspects: formulation of the sensitivity of the flow (modes) under external perturbations, surface modifications. Shape optimization and application to flow control.


Industrial applications of stability and sensitivity analysis

Leader: Airbus Group Innovation

Innovation aspects: stability and sensitivity analysis of 3D highly detached flows at high Reynolds numbers and Mach numbers. Study of the effect of surface irregularities or pulsating flows on laminar-turbulent transition. Accurate numerical simulation of 3D wings. Shape optimization. Sensitivities of acoustic output with respect to base-flow modifications. Experimental investigation of unsteady flows.


Universidad Politecnica de Madrid Imperial College London Katholieke Universiteit Leuven University of Cambridge Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales Deutsches Zentrum für Luft– und Raumfahrt Von Karman Institute Numerical Mechanics Applications Airbus Operations KTH