Dr. Hamid Sarlak Chivaee

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Dr. Hamid Sarlak Chivaee

Lecturer of Aerodynamics and Turbulence Modelling

My Research Vision

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has, in recent decades, become a valuable tool to help understand flow behaviour in many industrially-relevant complex systems. Numerical models are, however, still immature in many areas such as turbulent multiphase flows, and wind turbine wakes, where the industrial procedures still rely heavily on empiricism or simplified models. My aim is to employ high performance computing of complex turbulent flows and advanced flow measurement techniques to further characterise phenomena such as turbulent bubbly flows and swirling flows. 


I am a lecturer in the areas of aerodynamics and turbulence modelling. Prior to my current position, I worked on CFD simulations (implementation and application) in areas ranging from atmospheric boundary layers (ABL) and wind farms all the way down to flow past aerofoils and bluff bodies using LES and RANS modelling. Besides numerical work, I have been involved in low speed wind tunnel experiments to characterize behaviour of a number of aerofoils at low and moderate Reynolds numbers. Throughout my PhD and postdoc research at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) I collaborated with various international R&D institutions including Statkraft (Norway), the Johns Hopkins University (USA), Centre de Recherche en Aeronautique (Belgium), as well as Cranfield University (UK).

I am a member of a number of scientific organizations including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Danish Society for Industrial Fluid Dynamics (DANSIS). Here at Coventry University, I am a module leader and a lecturer in selected modules across the undergraduate and postgraduate Aerospace programs. I am always open to discussion with students and researchers who are interested in what I’m doing.

Teaching modules:

  • Aerodynamics and Aircraft Systems
  • Propulsion Systems and Aerodynamics
  • Introduction to Engineering Simulation (CFD)
  • Experimental techniques and methods
  • Individual Project

Selected Outputs

Selected Projects

  • LIFES50+LIFES50+ is a €7.3million Horizon 2020 project led by Norwegian maritime research institution MARINTEK with partners from 12 institutions including DTU, Politecnico di Milano, Ramboll Group, ORE Catapult, Universität Stuttgart, and DNV GL. The project aims at development of the next generation of floating wind substructures. As a co-investigator, my role in this project during 2015-16 (as a PDRA at DTU) was to perform high fidelity CFD simulation of offshore wind turbine platforms using OpenFOAM.
  • WINDINSPIRE: WINDINSPIRE is an ongoing international collaboration supported by United States’ National Science Foundation (NSF) . The project addresses, primarily through computer simulations, the pressing research questions that arise when adding inherently intermittent wind sources to power systems. The project is led by Professor Meneveau at Johns Hopkins University, with a few other American partners and European universities in Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, Spain and Belgium.
  • SOERP: The Statkraft Ocean Energy Research Program (SOERP) was originally set up by Statkraft AS (Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy) in cooperation with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, the University of Uppsala in Sweden and the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen. Its aim was to contribute towards advances in the field of tidal energy, wave energy and offshore wind power. 
  • COMWIND: Center for Computational Wind Turbine Aerodynamics and Atmospheric Turbulence (COMWIND) is led by Professor Sørensen from the Technical University of Denmark. The objective of the project is to develop computational methodologies and physical models capable of coping with multiple scales and apply them to combined wind turbine aerodynamics and atmospheric physics problems. This project is funded by Danish Council of Strategic Research.
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Lecturer of Aerodynamics and Turbulence Modelling

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