Computational research facilities

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Numerical simulation has become an essential tool in the R&D of advanced reacting and non-reacting systems.

It enables researchers to complement and sometimes substitute expensive experimental tests with equivalent numerical simulations.

The NRC Aerospace Research Centre has expertise and comprehensive modeling capabilities to allow researchers to investigate a broad spectrum of reacting and non-reacting flows or product design options. These advanced techniques have been successfully applied to various R&D programs, such as NOx emission in a diffusion flame combustor, noise reduction of a modern burner unit, lobed fuel/air mixers, failure analysis of gas-sampling probes, vortex shedding behind turbine cascade trailing edges, and flow characteristics in the exhaust section of a combustor test rig. Substantial contributions have been made to the Canadian industrial technology base and to internal R&D projects.

We are ready to serve you in premixed or diffusion combustion modeling, alternative fuel combustion, combustion instability studies, large eddy simulation, fuel/air mixing, as well as other industrial flow problems. Our numerical and experimental expertise with the solid background in propulsion and combustion science and technology will address your needs. In addition, the development of physical sub-models, such as fuel atomization models, is also among our research interests.

Our facilities include

Computational facilities, a 182-core cluster and a number of multi-core PC based machines to support the simulation and modeling of gas turbine combustors, turbines and compressors, as well as the modeling of engine ice accretion and engine or system thermodynamic cycle.