Sheffield is one of the UK’s top research universities and a world top 100 university, with more than 86% of our research rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent,’ securing the University in the top 10% of all UK universities in the latest (2014) Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of the largest university departments with internationally renowned for high quality research, spanning both fundamental science and industrial applications. Our research looks at some of today’s most challenging issues such as renewable energy, alternative fuels, strong and lightweight aerospace materials, advanced manufacturing and the mechanics of the human body.
The CFD and energy team is a European Centre of Excellence in CFD with leading edge capability in CFD research in energy related areas, receives substantial funding from the EU, UK and industry. Currently, there are 7 academics, 11 Research Fellows and over 35 PhD research students working on variours energy related reseach with active grants over £12m.
Relevant network and experience in National and European projects
The wind energy research group consists of 3 academics and 4 PhD research students and the research has been supported by the UK Research Council, regional development agency and industries. Recent focus of the group has been in the aerodynamics design and analysis of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT) and wind resources for urban environments using CFD and supported with experimental investigation using advanced laser diagnostic techniques. We have good experience working with SME on novel wind turbine development and have excellent modelling experience of extremely complex flow phenomena around the wind turbine operating in urban environments.
Centre of Excellence in Computational Fluid Dynamics, 2002-2006, (2.3M euro, mono-site), EU Marie Curie actions-Early-stage Training. – 2006 – 2010.
RELCOM—Oxy-coal Combustion (FP7-268191), €622,456, – computer simulation and measurements, 2010-2013
UK EPSRC CASE Award – Wind turbine, CFD simulation, (09001403) £87,060, 2009-2013.
EPSRC-Opening New Fuels for UK Generation (EP/M015351/1), £1,035,606, CFD simulation and measurements, 2015-2017
EPSRC-Process Intensification for Post-combustion Carbon Capture using Rotating Packed Bed through Systems Engineering Techniques (EP/M001458/1 ), CFD simulation, £1,274,437, 2014-2018.