Prof Dominique Laurence PhD


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Dominique joined The University of Manchester end 1999 as Chair of Computational Fluid Dynamics, and then head of UMISTs Thermo-Fluid division. He previously studied then taught Resolution of Continuum Mechanics equations, Hydraulics, Compressible Flows, Heat Transfer and Turbulence at Paris main Civil & Hydraulics Engineering School Les Ponts. Senior Research Engineer on Turbulence at EDF R&D, he contributed and led developments in Finite Difference, Spectral, Finite Volume, Finite Element codes with Reynolds Averaged, Large Eddy and Direct Numerical Simulation approaches to Turbulence, with a focus on code flexibility and robustness for industrial applications. He contributed to many collaborative EU & national projects on development and validation of turbulence models and codes in a wide range of areas, from aerodynamics to environmental flows, and now focuses particularly on reliability of applied CFD and models for Nuclear Reactor Thermal-hydraulics, alongside a keen interest in particle or mimetic methods based on computer brute force rather than elborate models. The challenge in real turbulent flow CFD is the mix of mathematics, flow physics and computing; keeping up with relentless progress of computer hardware, new modeling and discretisation ideas. Codes have to be rewritten every ten years and models are never perfect. But that and interactions with young researchers, experienced academics and industrial objectives is what makes it exciting.

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