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Computational Fluid Dynamics Estimation of Wind-Induced Aerodynamic Pressures on Bluff Bodies


Engineering Laboratory, Materials and Structural Systems Division

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50.73.11.B8407 Gaithersburg, MD

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Name E-mail Phone
Simiu, Emil 301.975.6076


We perform research into the estimation of time- and space-dependent aerodynamic pressures on bluff bodies (e.g., buildings) immersed in turbulent atmospheric boundary-layer (ABL) flow. The purpose of the research is to develop or adapt and enhance Computational Fluid Dynamics software capable of performing such estimation. The research entails several phases, including simulation at reduced scales of full-depth and partial-depth turbulent ABLs, and development of software for simulating pressures on bluff bodies in uniform laminar flow, flow with uniform mean flow with homogeneous turbulence, and turbulent ABL flow. All codes will be developed directly in or will be translated into OpenFOAM software.



Simiu E: Design of Buildings for Wind, Hoboken: Wiley, 2011

Simiu E, Shi L, Yeo D: “Planetary Boundary-Layer Modelling and Tall Building Design.” Boundary-Layer Meteorology 159: 173, 2016

Ke J, Yeo D: “RANS and Hybrid LES/RANS Simulations of Flow over a Square Cylinder.” 8th International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics. Northeastern University, Boston, Mass, June 7-11, 2016


Aerodynamics; Atmospheric boundary layer; Buildings; Computational fluid dynamics; OpenFOAM;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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