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Fan Li Passes his PhD Viva on "Non-equilibrium and hybrid multiscale modelling of molecular systems"

Many congratulations to Fan Li for successfully passing his PhD Viva with minor corrections on the dissertation “Non-equilibrium and hybrid multiscale modelling of molecular systems”. The Viva was held remotely by Teams. Many problems in science and engineering comprise multiple scales in space and time. A particular example is micro … [more]

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Salvatore Auriemma Passes his PhD Viva

Salvatore Auriemma has passed his PhD viva on "Development of parametric CAD models for gradient-based aerodynamic shape optimisation" with minor corrections. Gradient-based methods are the most efficient approach for soptimisation with very many design variables and has become a standard in aerodynamic shape optimisation of e.g. aircraft wings and … [more]

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Queen Mary Confirms Position Among World's Best Universities

QMUL has climbed twelve places up the QS 2021 World University Rankings, published on Wednesday 10 June, to confirm its position as one of the world’s top universities. The University placed 114th in the world and remains in the top 20 in the UK. The Complete University Guide for 2021 was also released … [more]

Rejish defending his thesis on Microsoft Teams

Rejish Jesudasan successfully defends his thesis

Rejish Jesudasan successfully defended his thesis on "An Adaptive Parametrisation Method for Shape Optimisation Using Adjoint Sensitivities". Owing to COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2, the viva was conducted over video conferencing, but even with noise of his ceiling fan (essential in his Indian home at this time), the finer details of his algorithm … [more]

Vasily Gryazev has successfully defended PhD Viva

Congratulations to Vasily Gryazev who has successfully passed his PhD viva subject to the usual minor corrections on the dissertation devoted to hot jet noise modelling. Because of COVID19 the viva was held remotely via Teams. Well done -- Vasily! [more]

International workshop "Advanced numerical methods for solving evolutionary problems", 14 April 2020

The workshop is organised by the Institute of Numerical Mathematics, Russian Academy of Sciences in the framework of the International Mathematical Centre "Moscow Centre for Fundamental and Applied Mathematics, 8 Gubkin Street, Moscow, Russia, 117333. Organisation Committee: Professor Yuri Vassilevski, Associate Director of Institute of Numerical Mathematics and Corresponding member of the … [more]

PGR Supervisor of the Year

Sergey Karabasov has been shortlisted as PGR Supervisor of the Year to attend the Education Awards ceremony on Monday 23rd March where the winners will be announced. The event will take place at Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Ave, London EC2N 2DQ. [more]

ILF 2020 in full swing

Another Hugely Successful ILF Completed

The School of Engineering and Materials Science hosted another successful Industrial Liaison Forum (ILF) on Wednesday 26th February 2020 which attracted 85 visitors during the day. The focus was on our Taught Programme Student Projects with more than 100 of our students having the opportunity to discuss their projects with each other, QMUL … [more]

The MEng group being congratulated by Dr Adrian Briggs (on the right)

Robot Hand Team Wins Top Prize at ILF

A team of 4th year MEng students Jamie SENGUN, Ahmed DEIRI, Talha TAILOR, Kai PAGE & Mohammed KHAN who have been working on the "Soft 3D-printed Robotic Hand" project supervised by Dr Lorenzo Jamone & Dr Ketao Zhang won the best MEng group project prize at the Annual SEMS taught student Industrial … [more]

Land Speed Record Challenger Designed by our  former Aerospace Engineering Students

Land Speed Record Attempt in Bolivia

The findings of our former Aerospace MEng students (Salah Macan Markar, Karan Sumaria, Tanjir Zaman and Banjoab Kantangul) will be incorporated in the future Land Speed Record Streamliner by CMR Motorsport Challenges. The work has been carried out as part of their MEng project entitled "Land Speed Record Aerodynamics Design … [more]

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Queen Mary’s Aerospace Engineering Students Flying Again

A group of our third year Aerospace engineering students recently took a short flight test course as part of our annual visit to Cranfield University. The course demonstrated performance and handling qualities of a real aircraft flight. They flew on a British Aerospace Jetstream Aircraft Series 31 turbo-prop, taking the role … [more]

A realistic installed jet configuration simulated on a GPU workstation in the

Decrease Jet-Installation Noise

The new H2020 project "Decrease Jet-Installation Noise" devoted to modelling and reduction of jet-wing-interaction noise typical of large commercial turbo-fan engines will be funded by the European Commission. The project is led by Rolls-Royce and Airbus and includes leading organisations in Europe and the UK and is for 3 years. Our … [more]

Siamak and Jens after the successful thesis defense

Siamak Akbarzadeh successfully defends PhD thesis

Siamak Akbarzadeh successfully defended his thesis on using Automatic Differentiation software tools to obtain adjoint variants of the incompressible SIMPLE scheme. Adjoint methods are essential for numerical optimisation of many-parameter systems with expensive models, such as CFD. Siamak's work is a step forward in deriving robust adjoints for the widely … [more]

Networking Session in Action

Industrial Liaison Forum is a Tremendous Success

The biannual Industrial Liaison Forum was held on Wednesday November 20th November in the Octagon. The event was well attended with over eighty industrialists from more than sixty organisations attending. The event was broken up into four parts, starting in the morning with the PhD research poster exhibition, followed by … [more]

From left to right Valeriia Kudriavtceva, Megan McFie, Julia Strudwick from Polymax, Hudair Samad  and Prof Martin Knight

Award Winning Research Students in SEMS

At the SEMS annual research led Industrial Liaison Forum, there was a research showcase from 80 of our current PhD students. The panel of judges this year were made up a wide range of academics from each division. They decided after a careful deliberation to award the following prizes: 1st Prize: … [more]

Orest and Jens with samples of optimised blades

Orest Mykhaskiv defends thesis

Orest Mykhaskiv has successfully defended his PhD on gradient-based shape optimisation. His thesis significantly advanced the field by including the geometric CAD model description inside the design loop. This breakthrough allows to integrate effective gradient-based optimisation seamlessly into industrial design workflows. Orests PhD was funded by the European Commission through … [more]

Researchgate congratulates

4500 Reads

Researchgate has tallied up 4500 reads for the papers of the group. Many thanks to my co-authors, well done all!

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Frontiers of aeroacoustics research: theory, computation and experiment

The Philosophical Transactions A issue on “Frontiers of aeroacoustics research: theory, computation and experiment” will be available online on 14 October 2019. Aeroacoustics studies noise generated by aerodynamic flows. Founded on fluid mechanics and applied mathematics, and relying increasingly upon computational modelling, aeroacoustics has grown into a discipline with its own key … [more]

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Invited talk at the Ann Dowling Symposium

Dr Sergey Karabasov gave an invited talk at the Ann Dowling Symposium, Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The Symposium was in honour of exceptional achievements and contributions over the long and illustrious career of Professor Dame Ann Dowling FRS. [more]

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Professor Wen Wang elected FREng

Professor Wen Wang has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering today. This is as: Wen Wang is distinguished for his insightful achievements in cardiovascular bioengineering, specifically in biofluid mechanics related to the molecular lining of blood vessels and the transport of fluid and solutes across the … [more]

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The Sir James Lighthill Best Student Paper Award won by Vasily Gryazev

Congratulations to Vasily Gryazev whose paper on the modelling of noise propagation in heated jets won the Sir James Lighthill Best Student Paper Award at the 26th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV26). The award is for the best paper published in the Proceedings of IIAV Annual International Congress … [more]

Aerospace Engineering students at the flight course at Cranfield.

Aerospace Engineering students attend extreme flight course

Third year undergraduate aerospace students attended an extreme flight course in Cranfield in June. The course allows students to experience when things go wrong in a flight, how to correct them as well as different modes of flight . Students were flown in a fully-instrumented Jetstream 31 aircraft, experiencing flight modes as … [more]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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]

The KYKLO team presenting their ideas at the ILF

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]

P. Mohanmuraly and J-D Mueller

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]

Zero-halo partitioning for massively parallel computation.

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]

Mean curvature of B-Spline and NURBS parametrisations: NURBS shapes provide much smoother variation of curvature.

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]

Franz Kafka: Der Denker

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]

Prof. Shenren Xu and Dr. Jens-Dominik Mueller, with the STAMPS development roadmap in the background.

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.

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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]

Gordon Lindsay at Airbus/Filton during the M400 wing assembly presentation.

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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

Students talking to an alumni visitor about career options after QMUL

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]

Microcapsule flowing through a bifurcation

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]