Consultancy and Collaboration

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

  • Heat Transfer

  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

  • Wind Microclimate

  • Design Optimisation

  • ​Porous Media

  • Multi-phase Flow

  • 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)161 820 1686 (Mon-Fri 9am-6pm) for more information.

CFD Training

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:
  • Code_Saturne
  • OPENFoam
  • Ansys Fluent
  • Ansys CFX
  • Ansys Mechanical
  • Matlab

 Examples of Recent Industrial Projects  

Smoke Modelling

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.

Internal Ventilation

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.

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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.

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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.

A Novel Spacer for Inhalers

Design optimisation of an innovative spacer to be used with metered dose inhalers (MDI) with a novel design to enhance mixing air and Salbutamol using fully-transient, multiphase particle-tracking.

Sector: Healthcare| Company: Inhaler+, UK.

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Ventilation Systems & Covid-19 

Simulation of the  ventilation system in the award-winning new hospice building and risk assessment of COVID-19 under different scenarios and evaluating the impact of natural ventilation in spread of the virus for different occupancy patterns.

Sector: HVAC | Company: St Richard's Hospice, UK.

Design Optimisation

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.

Design Optimisation

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.

Sector: Manufacturing | Company: AEM Products, UK.

Wind Microclimate

The wind magnitude and pedestrian comfort levels were calculated using CFD for the London Olympic Park legacy masterplan as part of the sustainability study.

Sector: Environmental Impact | Company: London Olympic Legacy Corporation, UK.

Subject-Specific Heart Diseases

CFD modelling of blood flow in patient-specific aortic dissection configurations. The models were created based on CT scan data provided by the hospital.

Sector: Healthcare |  Company: Vascular surgery, Sant Pau Hospital, Spain.

Waster Water Treatment

Simulation and design optimisation of a novel mobile wastewater treatment line utilising nano-bubble injection, simulated using advanced 2-phase flow models.

Sector: Water & Utilities | Company: Oxfiniti, UK/USA.

Industrial Mixing Reactor

Simulation and design optimisation of a large industrial mixing reactor used in the petrochemical industry, simulated using advanced 2-phase models.

Sector: Petrochemical | Company: Ingevity, USA.

Shore Breaker Surf

Modelling, simulation and design of a large scale shore breaker, capable of pumping out continuous 6 feet (1.8m) high barrelling waves every 4-5 seconds.

Sector: Hydraulics | Company: Murphy Waves, UK.

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Air Flow Lattice

Simulation and design optimisation of a puck/lattice used for ventilation systems with the aim of maximising flow rate and minimising flow resistance/losses. The project made use of fundamental fluid dynamics to design a novel 3D model.

Sector: HVAC | Company: Native, UK.

Ultra Clean Room Simulation

CFD simulation of different ventilation systems and designs, for different industries, with particular expertise in modelling complex and novel designs for hospitals, workshops and laboratories. 

Sector: Healthcare | Company: Medical Air Technologies, UK.

Multi-Phase Flow

CFD simulation and design optimisation of an industrial-scale Fluidised-Bed Dryer (FBD) containing millions of wet polymer particles to be dried through fluidisation.

Sector: Petrochemical | Company: SCG Chemical, Thailand.

UV Water Reactor

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.

Sector: Environmental Impact | Company: AECOM, UK.

Clean Room Ventilation

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.

Modular Meeting Pod

Simulation and design optimisation of a novel reconfigurable, modular meeting pods and assessing different scenarios and its impact on the ventilation and fresh air circulation in the pod.

Sector: HVAC | Company: OrangeBox, UK.

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MEMS Microthruster

Simulation and design optimisation of a MEMS microthruster with an aim of analysing the flow and heat transfer in the combustor and obtaining fluid temperatures near the walls.

Sector: Aerospace | Company: URA THRUSTERS, 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.