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Postdoctoral Appointee on DNS of Particulate Deposition for Aero-Engine Combustor Applications

Livermore, CA 94550

This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment.

Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.


We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher who will leverage a DOE Exascale Computing Project combustion code, PeleLM, to perform direct numerical simulation of the flow configuration in aero-engine combustor liners accounting for a particulate deposition map (i.e. a deposition probability and characteristics as a function of the flow, particle and surface conditions). Large-eddy simulation with the particle deposition map will simulate the aerodynamics and the particle deposition will be treated using the immersed boundary method, wherein the location of particle depositions is converted to solid deposit in real time with the no slip boundary conditions imposed at the gas-deposit interface. The deposition topology from the LES at different stage of deposition will be used to initialize DNS with PeleLM which will simulate the flow field without any turbulence models and the kinematics of particles at discrete stages of deposition. Comparisons between LES and DNS will quantify the accuracy of subgrid wall-models for LES accounting for deposition characteristics. Moreover, the impact of the coupling between particles kinematics and trajectory and small-scale turbulence structure which is currently unaccounted for in models will be assessed. The postdoc will be expected to present results at national and international conferences and to publish in high-profile peer-reviewed journals.


+ PhD in engineering, computational sciences, physical sciences, or mathematics
+ Expertise in high-fidelity simulation of turbulent flows and high-performance scientific computing


+ Strong background in modeling of turbulent wall-bounded flows
+ Familiarity with particle-laden wall-bounded turbulent flows
+ Familiarity with immersed boundary method, embedded boundary cut cell method, and RANS/LES wall-models
+ Strong interpersonal skills

Department Description:

The Reacting Flow Research team performs experimental and computational modeling studies of reacting flow phenomena relevant to combustion processes.

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EEO Statement:

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Posted: 2019-11-26 Expires: 2020-01-25

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Postdoctoral Appointee on DNS of Particulate Deposition for Aero-Engine Combustor Applications

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