Noah VanDam

Welcome to the website for the Multi-phase and Reacting Flows group under Prof. Noah Van Dam. Our research focuses on high-fidelity, computational fluid dynamics modeling of complex flows, focused primarily on energy applications. Topics of interest include Lagrangian-Eulerian methods for multi-phase flows, machine learning for combustion models, and verification, validation and uncertainty quantification (VVUQ) of numerical simulations. Applications we study include internal combustion engines, gas turbines, and general multi-phase/spray systems.

Open Ph.D. Positions

Advanced Simulations of Multiphase and Reacting Flows

New students are sought to work on simulations of advanced combustion modes using low- or no-carbon fuels in transportation applications. Multiple projects are available. Students’ responsibilities include developing new combustion models appropriate for advanced multi-mode combustion strategies, optimizing engine performance/efficiency with low-carbon fuels, participating in regular research meetings, and generating research outputs such as conference presentations and journal publications. Students will be collaborating with experimentalists, and may have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing Machine Learning model development work.

The preferred start date is Spring (January) 2022. A Start of Fall (September) 2022 may be available for highly-qualified applicants.

Questions may be directed for Prof. Van Dam. Applications should be sent to Prof. Van Dam, and include a cover letter, CV, programming sample, and a writing sample. Full application instructions may be found on the following CFD-Online job advertisement:

Open Internal Positions

Simulations of Highly Loaded Fluids for Additive Manufacturing

I am looking for a motivated student to work on a new project modeling the flow and behavior of highly loaded fluids for new additive manufacturing (i.e. 3D printing) processes. This presents a unique opportunity to get involved in computational simulations, and the development of a new, experimental AM technique. The student will be responsible for developing and running computational simulations of fluids with very high solids volume fractions under guidance from Prof. Van Dam and Prof. Hansen.

Students should be senior undergraduates or masters students. Training in the specific Computational Fluid Dynamics software will be available, but interested students should have strong programming skills. Previous experience with linux and/or engineering simulations are beneficial. Funding may be available and will be discussed as part of the interview process.

CFD Simulations of a Swirl-stabilized Burner

This position is to work on CFD simulations of low-pressure fuel burners, including fuel spray and combustion, as part of a project funded by the Office of Naval Research. As part of this project you will learn about fuel sprays, CFD, combustion, and heat transfer. You will collaborate with other students running simulations and conducting experiments on an experimental burner being constructed in the Energy and Combustion Research Laboratory. You will utilize the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Cluster (MGHPCC) to run the simulations. Training and support will be provided on how to use MGHPCC and the CFD code CONVERGE. Hourly funding may be available for well-qualified students.

Other Positions

I am always happy to talk with any student, undergraduate or graduate, interested in volunteering to work on any of my research projects. You can look at my Research page for more information on my current projects.

Any questions about open positions should be directed to Prof. Van Dam (Noah_VanDam [at]