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Master student (f/m) in the topic of heat transfer modelling with FireFOAM

Advertising institute: JSC - Jülich Supercomputing Centre
Reference number: D112/2017, Safety engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, mathematics, informatics

The Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) operates one of the most powerful computer systems for scientific and technical applications in Europe and makes it available for research purposes to scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich, in Germany and throughout Europe. In relation to this undertaking, JSC also performs different research and development tasks. The division "Civil Safety and Traffic" at the JSC is focused on numerical simulations and experimental studies of pedestrian flows, traffic and fires.

The division "Civil Safety and Traffic" in cooperation with the Bombardier company is looking to recruit a

Master student (f/m) in the topic of heat transfer modelling with FireFOAM

Your job:

In the field of fire safety, computer simulations (based on e.g. numerical fluid dynamics) are becoming a common and widely applied tool. The validity of the model and its sub-models can be shown at various levels. In this thesis, the focus lies on the heat transfer. A currently conducted small-scale experiment measures the velocity field of a buoynacy driven plume via particle imaging velocimetry, while gas temperatures are captured with thermocouples at selected positions. Besides the diagnostics of the gas phase, the compartment’s walls and ceiling are monitored with a thermographic camera. This experimental setup shall be modelled with OpenFOAM / FireFOAM. Therefore, along the computational mesh the according boundary and initial conditions must be deduced from the experimental setup. The experimental results must be post-processed and compared to the experimental findings. This includes the estimation of the experimental and modelling accuracies, the discussion of deviations and if needed model adoption.

As this thesis is supervised by the research centre and Bombardier, the candidate is expected to spend part of the time in Hennigsdorf (close to Berlin) at the office of Bombardier Transportation. Options for financial compensation to cover the trip and accommodation cost exist.

Your profile:

Student of safety engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, mathematics, informatics or any related applied discipline. Basic knowledge of fluid dynamics and numerical fluid dynamics. A competence in the field of numerical mathematics, particularly in partial differential equations, are welcome. Programming experience (e.g. Python) in the context of data analysis are beneficial.

Please send applications (preferably via email) to:

Alexander Belt
Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS)
Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)
52428 Jülich

tel: 02461 61 9314