Computational Fluid Dynamics MPhil/PhD

Major code: EGPR/EGMR


The Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory within the School of Engineering focuses on the development of advanced CFD methods and the application to industry-relevant challenging applications, including fixed-wing, rotary-wing and high-speed/multi-physics applications.

Subject Overview

In the CFD Laboratory, the emphasis is on the development of computational fluid dynamics techniques and methods and the application to (aerospace) engineering applications. The Lab has developed strong lines of research in CFD for rotorcraft, rotorcraft aero-mechanics as well as in CFD methods for aero-elastic analysis of fixed-wing aircraft. In addition, work is conducted in Wind Turbine aerodynamics, missile aerodynamics, flight mechanics of deformable aircraft. Recently, research work in high-speeds aerodynamics and numerical techniques for high-speed rarefied flows was initiated.

In all areas of work, in-house CFD techniques are used along with a few state-of-the-art commercial tools for data visualisation and mesh generation.

The Laboratory has excellent facilities including an in-house Linux cluster with approximately 500 CPU cores, as well as, access to national computing facilities.

Key Facts

Important tools for industry
The CFD techniques developed in the Lab have become important tools in the (UK) aerospace industry.

Parallel computing
Parallel computing is an important aspect of CFD and method development. The Helicopter Multi-Block (HMB) solver has been successfully tested on a range of supercomputers with up to 25,000 CPU cores demonstrating that the world’s largest computing platforms can be used effectively for industry-relevant flow problems.

Why Computational Fluid Dynamics in Liverpool?


PhD/MPhil students in the CFD Laboratory will join a vibrant research group with excellent computing facilities, which are among the best in the world for an academic research group of this size.

Strong International reputation

The work of the Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory has developed a strong international reputation as leading research groups in a range of areas including rotorcraft CFD and simulation methods for aero-elastic analysis. The strong links with the aerospace industry as well as the involvement in a wide range of international research projects are important factors in creating and maintaining this strength. The international character of the research group is apparent from the wide range of nationalities of the research group members.

Breadth of study

In addition to the recognized strengths in rotorcraft and fixed-wing aircraft CFD and aero-elastics, the CFD Laboratory has been building up strengths in a few other areas more recently; wind energy, missile aerodynamics, hypersonic aerodynamics, multi-physics and non-continuum flow simulations.