Large-eddy simulations of dual-fuel flames in gas turbines (R2)

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Large-eddy simulations of dual-fuel flames in gas turbines (R2)

Closing Date

Thursday, 30 September, 2021
Reference: 273_21_CASE_PT_R2
Job title: Large-eddy simulations of dual-fuel flames in gas turbines (R2)


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Context And Mission
The design of modern combustion systems needs to address challenges in aspects related to global efficiency, reduction of pollutant emissions, major flexibility of operation and reduction of thermo-acoustic instabilities. A strategy to reduce CO2 emissions and NOx is to operate lean, but problems of blow-off and instabilities might arise and mitigation strategies need to be developed. The use of lean premixed combustion technologies shifts the core strategy to reduce NOx, while keeping the flame stable at lean conditions. The design of the chamber comes with multiple requirements, more specifically concerning ignition, stability (including pressure oscillations), efficiency, and pollutant emissions, which makes its development a challenging task. Blending hydrogen with hydrocarbon-based fuels has been investigated as a potential strategy for reducing both GHG (CO2), due to lower fuel carbon content, and nitric oxides (NOx) emissions. These conditions will be investigated from the perspective of numerical simulations based on large-eddy simulation (LES) technique. This project is a nationally-funded project from the Spanish Minister in collaboration with CMT Motores Térmicos from Univertat Politècnica de València (UPV) and the Instituto de Investigación Aplicada a la Industria Aeronáutica (INAIA) from Universidad de Castilla La Mancha (UCLM).

The research team that the applicant will be involved is the Propulsion Technologies Group at CASE Department of BSC. The team is a multidisciplinary group with researchers from all disciplines and with strong background in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). The team is involved in several EU and industrial projects related to this topic, where the successful activities and the publications on highly ranked scientific journals give the proved expertise.
Key Duties
  • The main duties include the development of physical models for dual-fuel combustion and the study of dual-fuel flames with hydrogen using LES.
  • Education
    • The candidate should hold a PhD Degree in Aerospace, Aeronautics or Mechanical Engineering with background in turbulence and combustion.
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • General knowledge on fluid mechanics, LES, numerical methods, combustion chemistry are expected.
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Computational skills and parallel programming for HPC are not necessary, but will be considered an asset.
  • Competences
    • Ability to work independently and make decisions
    • Fluency in English is essential, Spanish is welcome.
  • The position will be located at BSC within the CASE Department
  • We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Temporary - 3 years renewable
  • Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona
  • Starting date: 01/09/2021
Applications Procedure
All applications must include:

  • A Cover Letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered

  • A full CV in English including contact details

The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.
Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment
BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law.
This position is reserved for candidates who meet the requirements and have the legal status of disabled persons with a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%. In case there are no applicants with disabilities that meet the requirements, the rest of the candidates without declared disability will be evaluated.


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