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Dr James Tyacke
Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering (Aerodynamics)


As Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering, I am primarily interested in Large Eddy Simulation (LES) of complex flows including Urban Air Mobility Vehicles (Air Taxis), Jet Aeroacoustics, Turbomachinery, Electronics Cooling and Geothermal Energy. Multi-fidelity modelling underpins these areas, both in terms of turbulence modelling and geometry representation. Modern High Performance Computing (HPC) architectures are also being leveraged for both simulation and analysis of large data sets (Big Data), revealing unsteady flow physics.  Further interests include increasing CFD automation, including mesh generation and optimisation, solution analysis and feedback into knowledge-based systems using Machine Learning and AI.

I am Director (numerical methods) of the Brunel Aerospace Research Centre (ARC).  With a vibrant multi-disciplinary research culture, the ARC solves todays pressing aerospace challenges.  We pride ourselves in supporting diverse researchers at all career stages and working with the largest and smallest industries.  Please get in touch to see how the ARC can meet your needs.

I am currently looking for students to complete a PhD under EPSRC DTP funding at Brunel University London or those who are self-funded.  A range of projects are possible, focusing on multi-fidelity Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). 

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Newest selected publications

Trojak, W., Vadlamani, NR., Tyacke, J., Witherden, FD. and Jameson, A. (2022) 'Artificial compressibility approaches in flux reconstruction for incompressible viscous flow simulations'. Computers and Fluids, 247. pp. 1 - 17. ISSN: 0045-7930 Open Access Link

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Bauer, J. and Tyacke, J. (2021) 'Comparison of low Reynolds number turbulence and conjugate heat transfer modelling for pin-fin roughness elements'. Applied Mathematical Modelling, 103. pp. 696 - 713. ISSN: 0307-904X Open Access Link

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Tyacke, J., Dai, Y. and Tucker, P. (2021) 'Impact of Rib Shape on Heat Transfer using LES'. Applied Mathematical Modelling: simulation and computation for engineering and environmental systems, 97. pp. 244 - 267. ISSN: 0307-904X Open Access Link

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Wang, Z-N., Tyacke, JC. and Tucker, PG. (2021) 'LES–RANS Study of Serrated Nozzle Jet Aeroacoustics for an Installed Ultra-High-Bypass-Ratio Aeroengine'. AIAA Journal, 59 (10). pp. 4155 - 4165. ISSN: 0001-1452 Open Access Link

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Tyacke, JC., Dai, Y., Watson, R. and Tucker, PG. (2021) 'Design Optimisation of Labyrinth Seals using LES'. Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena (MMNP), 16 (Special Issue: Modelling and Simulations of Fluid Flows). pp. 1 - 24. ISSN: 0973-5348 Open Access Link

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