Centre for Computational Fluid Dynamics



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Fellows connected with the Centre will have access to a wide variety of specialist equipment and services, including:

CFD Computer Laboratory

with state of the art multiple processor workstations and PCs running windows, UNIX and LINUX operating systems. Each Marie Curie Fellow will have their own workstation and/or PC but will have free access to these facilities, particularly when they wish to do several calculations simultaneously.


Numerous licenses for some of the major commercial CFD solvers including FLUENT, CFX STARCD, CINAR and PHOENICS. Additional licenses available for pre processing - mesh generation and post-processing -visualisation tools.


The White Rose Grid Facility

that includes a large collection of AMD Opteron machines running Linux, in total 396 CPUs, delivering integrated high performance computational facilities to cope with the ever-increasing CPU demands required in CFD modelling.


The Laser Laboratory

including the Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) technology for measuring stable and unstable species concentrations in addition to temperature profiles in hostile environments. Laser Velocimetry facilities for measuring velocity profiles which can be used to generate validation material for CFD simulations. 2D-CCD camera for utilising Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence (PLIF) technology. Premix, diffusion and counter diffusion burners for fundamental CFD validation studies.

University of Leeds Research Infrastructural Multi-disciplinary Laboratory

The recently acquired (2004) University of Leeds Research Infrastructural Multi-disciplinary Laboratory for experimental environmental, geological and biological fluid dynamics (€3 million). One of the major criteria for the award was based on the equipment providing essential validation data for CFD models.



As part of the Leeds LANTERN (Leeds health Air pollution Noise Traffic and Emissions Research Network) consortium several million pounds of equipment is available that is used in atmospheric field experiments for evaluating CFD models describing urban pollution dispersion. The equipment includes a range of wind and turbulence anemometers, fixed and mobile pollution monitors and an instrumented vehicle and emissions testing facility.


The Sorby Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

provides a unique and world-leading facility for the study of geophysical two-phase flows, and includes the following major equipment: 10m long x 1m wide purpose-built hydraulic flume; 10m long high-concentration flow flume, 3m long oil/viscous flow flume; 2m2 density current basin; 8m long, 1m deep density current tank; 5.5 x 3.5m stream table for scale modelling experiments on alluvial channels; Three, 3D particle imaging velocimetry systems (up to 4 KHz sampling rate); 2D laser Doppler anemometer; three ultrasonic Doppler profiling systems (with over 50 probes); high speed (750 Hz) FLIR thermal imaging camera and processing facilities; 4 ultrasonic high concentration meters (for measurement of flows with high sediment concentrations); 3 optical backscatter probes for quantifying suspended sediment concentration; Malvern particle sizer; Bohlin rheometer; multiprocessor data analysis facilities and intranet; Field equipment includes: two acoustic Doppler current profilers; digital echo-sounder; Leica Differential GPS systems.


Within the Energy and Resources Research Institute

there is a wide range of experimental bench scale and pilot scale equipment coupled with state-of-the-art analytical and diagnostic equipment for the validation of modelling studies.  Including, waste incinerator and pyrolysis-gasification reactors, large scale fire and explosion facilities, pulverised coal combustion, fluidised bed combustion and gasification, energy from biomass systems, environmental field monitoring equipment, laser diagnostics and detailed chemical analysis for hydrocarbons and heavy metals. The institute also houses world class high temperature fuel cell test facilities obtained from Advantica, which are suitable for either single cell or stack tests up to 1KW.

Multiphase Flow Laboratory:

Contains up-to-date specialized equipment for measuring/monitoring multiphase flow properties.

Collaborative and Distance Learning Centre:

Activities within this function interact with training content providers to develop, test, and deploy a distance learning technology and course material. Strong interactions are ongoing with the Defence Research and Engineering Network initiative to ensure collaborative and distance learning technology activities are coordinated and incorporated into the program's networking and security infrastructure.

One of the main aims of this Centre is to implement distance-learning arrangements for CFD master training and for continuing professional development. At present, professionals in every field are challenged to continually build their knowledge and skills. As a part of this training package, the CFD Centre at the University of Leeds is solely dedicated to helping working students or students not resident in Leeds to integrate relevant advance study with their careers. We have developed and implemented the distance-learning scheme on environment engineering CFD. The distance learning is based on two categories of delivery system, synchronous and asynchronous. Synchronous instruction requires simultaneous participation of all students and lecturers using computer conferencing, interactive TV, audio-graphic etc. Asynchronous instruction provides a more flexible distance learning scheme and forms of delivery include email, videotaped and CD-ROM interactive courses, WWW-based courses, list-server, etc. Both types of distance education mode are available for selection based on the educational needs or goals of the student. These interactive technologies allow students and researchers to exercise a far greater control over the process of learning than is possible in many traditional learning environments.


The CFD Online Knowledge Centre:

The CFD Centre Online Knowledge Centre provides repositories of programmatic information and technical knowledge in computational science and in the ten computational technology areas. This Knowledge Centre provides access to software tools and products, as well as current information on CFD Centre projects in all functional areas available for reference.

The CFD Education, Outreach, and Training Coordination Centre:

This functional area furnishes efficient and productive instructional content to the user community. It provides opportunities for all the University Schools/Departments' staff, faculty and students; undergraduate and graduate students; postdoctoral and visiting scientist/engineer appointments.


The University of Leeds, Library Service:

The University has outstanding academic libraries housing over 2.7 million books, as well as e-journals and periodicals that can be access from the campus-wide computing facilities.


The University of Leeds, Staff and Department Development Unit (SDDU) and Language Centre

provides valuable training for international researchers.


The University of Leeds, Careers Service:

Offers Fellows support to help them to make realistic decisions about their careers and assess their potential. The Careers Centre website has up to date information on the full range of their services, including the latest vacancies and links to other sites.

The University of Leeds Knowledge Transfer Board:

All Fellows will use this facility.

University of Leeds Support on Personal Matters:

All Fellows will be encouraged to talk to their supervisors, Director, Assistant Director, Course Tutor or any other member of the Centre for CFD on personal matters. However there is a large range of services for students in the University that may provide more appropriate or professional advice. These include, the Administration (Student Office, Fees Office, Accommodation Office), The University Union, The University Health Service, The University Counselling Service, Nightline, The Chaplaincy, Equal Opportunities Officer, Intellectual Property Officer, Harassment Officer, Advisor to International Students, Advisor for people with Disabilities, etc.