Control of Wall Turbulence for Drag Reduction
Supervisor: Dr Pierre Ricco

The interaction of a fluid in turbulent motion with a solid surface detrimentally affects the performance of many engineering flow systems. As turbulent flows exert a much higher wall-shear stress than laminar flows, major research efforts have been directed to turbulent flow control in order to limit the enormous amount of energy consumed due to friction.

In this project, the aim is to study wall-bounded turbulent flows modified by wall motion to address important open issues such as the dependency of the drag reduction on the wall forcing parameters and the understanding of the physics behind drag reduction.

Previous experience / requirements: The project is numerical in nature and the suitable candidate must possess a strong knowledge of fluid mechanics and numerical programming.
p.ricco@sheffield.ac.uk
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