Research Subject Area: Other Earth Sciences

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Improved shock physics modelling as an alternative to nuclear testing

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Cranfield University's research in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), turbulence models, studies of instabilities and the development of multi-scale methods has reduced the computational uncertainty in the modelling and simulation used by the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) to support the safety and performance of nuclear weapons.

Cranfield's research in compressible turbulent flow for Low Mach numbers is now employed to increase accuracy in CFD codes employed by the German Aerospace Agency DLR, Pennsylvania State University, and the French Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, which use this work to model flows ranging from turbulent mixing through inertial confinement fusion (ICF) to scramjets.

Submitting Institution

Cranfield University

Unit of Assessment

Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Earth Sciences: Other Earth Sciences
Engineering: Interdisciplinary Engineering

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