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Friday, October 11 • 15:10 - 15:30
New Space and the role of predictive multi-physics modelling

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The continually increasing availability of computational resources has completely upended the field of aviation. These predictive tools are essential to the successful design of modern commercial aircrafts as they allow for the exploration of new design spaces, reduce reliance on experimental tests, and permit an assessment of aerodynamic performance within the preliminary design stages. This greatly reduces both time and cost for the development of new aircrafts. A similar integration of numerical predictive tools has yet to take a strong foothold in the field of rocket propulsion and aerodynamics, primarily due to the inherent complexity of the multi-physics interactions in rocket sub-systems. In many of the most prominent commercial space companies, predictive modelling tools are only used for simple design decision or for a posteriori analyses. Within the emerging paradigm of New Space—where cost reduction is driving innovation—predictive computational tools are called to take a more prominent role. The present talk will highlight some of the contributions of our research group towards modelling of complex heat transfer, acoustics, thermal protection systems, and guidance and control systems applied to rocket propulsion systems.


Jean-Pierre Hickey

Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo
Jean-Pierre is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and heads the Multi-Physics Interaction Lab at the University of Waterloo. His research interests lies in the simulation and modelling of complex flows involving turbulence, acoustics, non-ideal thermodynamics... Read More →

Friday October 11, 2019 15:10 - 15:30 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10