ManchesterCFD can partner with companies in innovative research projects, funded through InnovateUK's Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme at the University of Manchester (more info). The team also offers a comprehensive CFD consultancy for industrial applications.
As experts in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Flow Analysis with over 60 research publications in some of the highest impact journals, we offer a unique, high quality and professional service by world class CFD experts which includes chartered CFD engineers and scientists in an extensive range of areas.
Our team consists of CFD experts and CFD specialists with Doctorate or Masters degrees in Engineering and many years of CFD experience. We also have access to powerful computational resources and a wide range of specialised simulation packages.
Areas of Expertise
Experimental Fluid Mechanics
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Medical Device Design
Funding and Fee Estimation
Due to the urgency of most engineering projects, all industrial enquiries including consultancy, innovateUK-related (e.g. KTP, IAA, etc) submitted through the 'Contact Us' section are dealt with urgently. Alternatively, to discuss your project and to get advice on costing or funding options, please contact Dr Amir Keshmiri on +44 (0)161 3065752 (Mon-Fri 9am-6pm) for more information.
We offer a range of intensive and customised training courses for companies and students in various areas particularly in Computational Fluid Dynamics. Here is the list of software/code that our group can provide training for:
Examples of Recent Industrial Projects
CFD modelling to assess the effectiveness of smoke extraction from the carpark for a large building and its effects on the building. The model used accurate regional wind data an smoke was modelled by chemical species.
Sector: Building Services | Company: McAleer&McGarrity, Ireland.
Automotive Coupling System
CFD modelling of a new automotive coupling system and validation of the results against experimental data. The simulations included heat transfer and turbulence.
Sector: Automotive | Company: John Crane, UK.
Design and CFD modelling of the internal ventilation system of a large academic building in Manchester, where two novel atria were designed and tested, utilising innovative heat transfer concepts.
Sector: Building Services| Company: MMU Facilities, UK.
Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor
The coolant in the fuel elements of the UK fleet of AGRs nuclear reactors was simulated using an accurate CFD model with advanced heat transfer. It revealed important information about the core flows and potential heat impairment within the core.
Sector: Nuclear | Company: EDF Energy UK.
Duel Engine Exhaust
A duel engine exhaust into a single exhaust system was simulated. Details of the mixing chamber as well as complicated heat transfer effects were accounted for in the model. Comparison was made against lab data.
Sector: Automotive | Company: EnerG, UK.
Y-Branch Pipe Design
Design and optimisation of a novel Y-Branch connection pipe through enhancing stream mixture to avoid clogging for waste water applications.
Sector: Water & Utilities | Company: Engmaster Ltd, UK.
Optimisation of 'Thermocill'
Simulation and design optimisation of an innovative device used to divert heat from radiators towards windows with an aim of reducing energy loss through the windows and removing condensation/mould.
Sector: Energy | Company: Thermocill, UK.
The CFD-based shape optimisation and parametric studies of ribs in the cooling channels of heat exchangers using advanced optimisation techniques to assess the heat transfer enhancement level and finding the optimum geometrical configuration.
Sector: Energy | Company:EDF Energy, UK.
Heat Transfer in Atmospheric Tanks
CFD simulation of a large storage tank containing a highly viscous fluid with an aim of designing the most efficient heating element configuration in the tank through natural convection.
Sector: Oil&Gas | Company: Engie, UK.
CFD-based shape optimisation of a Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) system. The optimisation was based on suction force as well as the number of particles travelling through the bellmouth.
CFD simulation of an ultra-violet (UV) reactor designed for clean water processing. The CFD simulations involved radiative and convective heat transfer with additional physics implemented through customised funtions.
Sector: Health&Safety | Company: Xylem Water Solutions, UK.
Urban Heat Island Effects
The Urban Heat Island (UHI) effects have been simulated using CFD and estimated for several different blocks in built areas and the environmental impact of these developments have been estimated.
Simulation and design optimisation of a cleanroom ventilation by simulating different scenarios and assessing the effectiveness of ventilation system.
Sector: Manufacturing | Company: Rolls-Royce, UK.
Heart Pump Cannula
Different types of connection (anastomosis) of ventricular assist devices (VADs) have been simulated using advanced medical image processing and CFD simulations techniques.
Sector: Healthcare | Company: MedSimTech, UK.
Cold Store Ventilation
Simulation of the refrigeration system in a large industrial cold store and assessing the effectiveness of the system by analysing transient heat transfer and residence time.
Sector: HVAC | Company: Piggott&Whitfield, UK.
Examples of Our Experimental Validation Cases
CASE1: Heat Transfer/Turbulence
TITLE: Benchmarking of 3 Different CFD Codes in Simulating Natural, Forced and Mixed Convection Flow
ABSTRACT: In this study three different CFD codes (in-house, commercial and industrial codes) are assessed in simulating two distinct flow problems with complex heat transfer. The first case consists of an ascending forced and mixed convection flow, a representative flow in the core of gas-cooled nuclear reactors under ‘post-trip’ conditions and the second case involves natural convection in an enclosed tall cavity which represents the gas-filled cavities around nuclear reactor cores. The CFD simulations were compared against experimental and Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) to assess the accuracy and uncertainty of each code/model for each flow problem. Overall, good agreement was achieved between the CFD and the experimental/DNS data.
PUBLICATION: Keshmiri, Uribe, Shokri (2015), ‘Benchmarking of Three Different CFD Codes in Simulating Natural, Forced and Mixed Convection Flows’, Int. J. Numerical Heat Transfer; Part A, Vol. 67(12), 1324-1351.
CASE2: Heat Transfer/Turbulence
TITLE: Assessment of Refined RANS Models against Large Eddy Simulation and Experimental Data in the Investigation of Ribbed Passages with Passive Heat
ABSTRACT: In this project, simulations of the flow and heat transfer in a rib-roughened passage are conducted using a number of advanced Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) turbulence models including Eddy-Viscosity Models (EVM) and a Reynolds Stress Model (RSM). Large Eddy Simulation (LES) is also conducted and results are compared against experimental measurements. In addition, the effects of rib thermal boundary condition on heat transfer are also investigated. All computations are undertaken using the commercial and industrial CFD codes, ‘STAR-CD’ and ‘Code_Saturne’, respectively. The configuration studied in this project has numerous applications in different sectors particularly in the energy and aerospace sectors. Comparison against the experimental data revealed the importance of applying the right type of boundary condition in the simulation to achieve the most accurate results.
PUBLICATION: Keshmiri, Osman, Benhamadouche, Shokri (2016), ‘Assessment of Refined RANS Models against Large Eddy Simulation and Experimental Data in the Investigation of Ribbed Passages with Passive Heat’, Int. J. Numerical Heat Transfer; Part B, Vol. 69(2), 96-110.
CASE3: Heat Transfer/Turbulence
TITLE: Assessment of CFD Against Experimental Data in Capturing Laminarisation
ABSTRACT: Coolant flows in the cores of current gas-cooled nuclear reactors consist of ascending vertical flows in a large number of parallel passages. Under post-trip conditions such heated turbulent flows may be significantly modified from the forced convection condition by the action of buoyancy, and the thermal-hydraulic regime is no longer one of pure forced convection. These modifications are associated primarily with changes to the turbulence structure. Flow laminarization may occur, and in that event heat transfer rates may be as low as 40% of those in the corresponding forced convection case. The present work is concerned with the modelling of such ‘mixed’ convection flows in a vertical heated pipe. All fluid properties are assumed to be constant and buoyancy is accounted for within the Boussinesq approximation. Six different Eddy Viscosity Models (EVMs) are examined against experimental measurements and the direct numerical simulation (DNS) data. Large Eddy Simulations employing the classical Smagorinsky sub-grid-scale model are also presented. A very diverse performance between different codes and turbulence models are found which highlights the importance of choosing the right turbulence model when capturing complicated flow/heat transfer phenomenon such as laminarisation.
PUBLICATION: Keshmiri, Cotton, Addad, Laurence (2012), ‘Turbulence Models and Large Eddy Simulation in Application to Ascending Mixed Convection Flows’, Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, Vol. 89, 407-434.