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Making a splash is all in the angle

Making a splash depends on the angle of a liquid as it hits and moves along a surface, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London. If a droplet hits a dry solid surface fast enough it will splash and being able to predict a splash is ... [more]

Technology to capture energy from sea waves awarded funding

A team from Queen Mary has been awarded funding to develop technology to capture energy from waves at sea. Wave Energy Scotland (WES) will grant £461,345 to the team from the School of Engineering and Materials Science to develop an adaptive hierarchical model predictive control framework for wave energy converters (WECs). ... [more]

Funding Awarded To Develop a Simulation Tool For Airside Operations Incorporating Intelligent/Autonomous Taxiing

Two Queen Mary researchers have been awarded further funding to develop a simulation tool to quantify the savings of fuel burn and time of taxiing aircraft by integrating more advanced and automated decision support systems. Dr Jun Chen and Dr Michal Weiszer, from the School of Engineering and Materials Science, ... [more]

100 reads on Researchgate for paper on gradient-enabled CAD systems

Our groundbreaking paper Algorithmic differentiation of the Open CASCADE Technology CAD kernel and its coupling with an adjoint CFD solver the first to differentiate a full CAD system and a breakthrough for gradient-based optimisation with CAD-based parametrisations has achieved 100 reads on researchgate. Jens. [more]

Bike Design Team Wins Top Prize

A team of 4th year students: Arya LI, Bijoy DAS, Lydia DENTON & Yue MENG, who have been working on project to design a totally new road bike have won the top prize at the 2019 Industrial Liaison Forum. The students, supervised by Dr. Emiliano Bilotti and Dr. Han Zhang, presented their ... [more]

Successful PhD examination

Pavanakumar Mohanamuraly successfully defended his thesis on "Fast Adjoint-assisted Multilevel Multifidelity Method for Uncertainty Quantification of the Aleatoric Kind" His work uses Monte-Carlo methods to compute the effect of uncertainties due to manufacturing. Current methods work well for up to handful of uncertain parameters, but their computation cost increases dramatically ... [more]

Paper published in Optimization Methods and Software

The paper by P. Mohanamuraly (QMUL), L. Hascoet (INRIA, France) and J.-D. Mueller (QMUL) on Seeding and adjoining zero-halo partitioned parallel scientific codes has been accepted for publication. The paper resolves the important issue of how to initialise the computation of a gradient with modern Automatic Differentiation software tools ... [more]

50 reads for NURBS paper

Researchgate says: 50 reads for this paper. Such reads are the first steps to get cited, it is very important to make pre-prints available online. All the best, Jens. Adjoint-Based Aerodynamic Optimisation of Wing Shape Using Non-uniform Rational B-Splines September 2019 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-89890-2_10 In book: Evolutionary and Deterministic Methods ... [more]

50 reads for NURBS paper

Researchgate says: 50 reads for this paper. Such reads are the first steps to get cited, it is very important to make pre-prints available online. All the best, Jens. Adjoint-Based Aerodynamic Optimisation of Wing Shape Using Non-uniform Rational B-Splines September 2019 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-89890-2_10 In book: Evolutionary and Deterministic Methods ... [more]

EUR225K Grant Funding Success

The EU has agreed provide EUR225,000 to fund the KAFKA project: "Efficient Computational Methods for Active Flow Control Using Adjoint Sensitivities" Active flow control aims to change the character of the flow by suction, blowing or pulsating jets. Such jets may e.g. be able to replace bulky car spoilers ... [more]

Visit by Prof. Xu, NWPU

Prof. Shenren Xu of NPWU has visited QMUL to discuss continued collaboration around the the open-source STAMPS code that originates from Jens' group.

Jens-Dominik Mueller presents at the Sorbonne

Dr. Jens-Dominik Mueller gave an invited presentation on "Shape optimisation using AD of complete CFD workflows, including CAD geometry" at the "Algorithmic Differentiation Workshop" organised by the Institut du Physique du Globe of the Sorbonne University, Paris. [more]

Airbus funds PhD project on shape optimisation of winglets

Airbus UK is a partner for a 3.5y CASE studentship with J.-D. Mueller's fluid optimisation group. The PhD project for Gordon Lindsay will apply our CAD-based gradient-enabled shape parametrisation tools to perform multi-disciplinary shape optimisation of winglets. [more]

CAD optimisation papear cited 30 times

Researchgate says, our paper CAD-based shape optimisation with CFD using a discrete adjoint Xu, Jahn, Mueller is now cited 30 times. I'd encourage all to post your preprints on ResearchGate, this is important for dissemination and being cited. All the best, Jens. [more]

Published paper

Paper published in Desalination, impact factor 6.6: Sensitivity analysis and gradient-based optimisation of feed spacer shape in reverse osmosis membrane processes using discrete adjoint approach YangWang, Wei He, Jens-DominikMüller Desalination, 2019, Volume 449, Pages 26-40 Well done to Yang and Wei. Jens. [more]

Designing a better raincoat

Work lead by Lorenzo Botto and Rafael Castrejón-Pita has been featured in a piece on Physics Today. Water-repellent clothing is designed to keep water droplets out while letting humidity escape.Hydrophobic fabric meets both requirements, but in striking a balance between them, it fails to repel water completely. When ... [more]

Presentation at VKI Lecture series

Jens-Dominik Mueller was invited to present at the Von Karman Institute Lecture Series on "Introduction to Optimization and Multi-disciplinary Design", September 10-14, 2018, in Brussels. The von Karman Institute organizes each year 8 to 12 one-week Lecture Series on specialized topics in the field of aerodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer with application ... [more]

Jens-Dominik Mueller teaches adjoint methods at Cambridge Summer School

Jens gave a 3-day Summer School, "An introduction to gradient-based optimisation, adjoint methods and Automatic Differentiation", organised by the Special Interest Group on Numerical Optimisation with Fluids at Cambridge, 8-10 August 2018. 20 students from the UK and the EU attended. The SIG is offering the training material at http://signumopt.sems.... [more]

Queen Mary project to reduce aircraft noise awarded funding

A new project led by engineers at Queen Mary University of London that aims to reduce aircraft noise has won significant funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The £422,275 EPSRC grant will fund the Jet Installation Noise Abatement (JINA) project, which will bring together expertise in experimental ... [more]

Institute of Mechanical Engineers confirms accreditation of SEMS programmes

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has confirmed the accreditation details for our programmes following their re-accreditation visit to SEMS in November. Students completing an IMechE accredited degree are deemed to have met part or all of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer and are ... [more]

SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum is a Great Success

The Spring SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum was a very popular event again this year. In the morning the annual taught student showcase took place in the Octagon which was followed in the afternoon by a wide range of alumni lead panel and networking sessions. There was also an Industrial Advisory ... [more]

PhD success for SEMS student Zhen

Congratulations to Zhen Wang who has recently passed his PhD viva, with a thesis entitled Motion of Deformable Capsules in Complex Flows. Zhen has published one paper in the Physical Review E and another in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, and won a travel grant at the IUTAM2016 conference. Zhen ... [more]