Clinton Groth has developed in-house software that solves fluid dynamics and combustion problems, with the goal of better understanding combustion and leading to more fuel-efficient and green engines.
The applicant’s research is focused on generating new knowledge and high-fidelity computational tools. This will improve the fundamental understanding of combustion phenomena and contribute to the design of more fuel-efficient and green engines. Compute Canada’s (CC) high-performance computing resources are vital to this effort and used extensively in the methods development and their application. In many cases, thousands of processor cores are used in a co-ordinated fashion to perform a single simulation. Some of the applicant’s research activity over the past year includes extended visits to both Cambridge University in the U.K. and RWTH Aachen University in Germany to interact and conduct research with leading combustion scientists, partnering with Pratt & Whitney Canada and Rolls-Royce Canada in newly funded NSERC strategic research and Transport Canada programs in which problems pertaining to combustion dynamics and thermo-acoustics will be examined, as well as continued participation in BioFuelNet (a network for biofuels researchers, funded by the Government of Canada’s NCE Program). Overall, the research has the potential to impact Canadians through the aviation and stationary gas turbine industries, potentially resulting in leaner combustion designs with lower carbon footprints and pollutant emissions. The research would not be possible without the CC infrastructure and support as access to large-scale, high-performance, computing resources is an absolute necessity for the development and application of advanced, high-fidelity, combustion modelling tools needed to address the numerous complex issues arising in combustor design.