College of Engineering
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Senior Lecturer, College of Engineering
Dr Ben Evans is a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering and sits on the design team for the BLOODHOUND SSC Land Speed Record project. Dr Evans's research interests range from computational shape optimisation and high speed aerodynamic modelling to molecular gas dynamics simulation. He also has interests in engineering public engagement and engineering education.
Dr Evans’ research in computational fluid dynamics has been largely in high speed aerodynamics and particle entrainment with application to the BLOODHOUND SSC Land Speed Record vehicle. His interests and publications in this area range from numerical methods for solution of the compressible Navier-Stokes equations to data visualisation techniques and enhanced post-processing of CFD datasets for use in aerodynamic design. Much of Dr Evans’s research makes use of the Swansea University FLITE3D CFD system and high performance parallel computing.
Flow visualisation of CFD results in the wake flow downstream of BLOODHOUND SSC airbrakes.
Predicted areas of high intensity particle impact on the underside of the BLOODHOUND SSC vehicle.
Mach 1.3 pressure distribution and streamribbons over a design configuration of BLOODHOUND SSC.
Slice through an unstructured hybrid ‘mesh’ used for CFD simulations.
Dr Evans and a student with the College of Engineering High Performance Computing clusters.
Dr Evans has interests in the use of finite element methods for the solution of the governing equation of molecular gas dynamics, the Boltzmann kinetic equation. This non-continuum approach to studying fluids considers a gas at the molecular level before trying to recover macroscopic gas properties. Applications his work in this area have included hypersonic rarefied gas flows over re-entry space vehicles and microscale modelling.
Molecular Gas Dynamics involves the consideration of a fluid in terms of the motion of the individual molecules
Simulation of a re-entry vehicle at high altitude travelling at Mach 25
Dr Evans’s work on the design of the BLOODHOUND SSC land speed record vehicle has led to pioneering research in the field of aerodynamic design optimisation utilising methods including Design of Experiments, reduced order modelling, novel mesh movement techniques and genetic optimisation algorithms.
Parameterisation of a complex geometry for an optimisaton study.
Mesh-based optimisation using ‘control nodes’.
Control node mesh movement to define the optimum geometry for a supersonic jet air intake.
Dr Evans has research interests in engineering education practice. He has undertaken projects to investigate the impact of the use of integrating a variety of social media into undergraduate education with publications in the HEA Engineering Education journal.
Incorporation of YouTube and Twitter into the HE learning and teaching environment.
AerOpt – Aerodynamic Design Optimisation Software
Click here to download a free aerodynamic design toolkit developed by researchers at Swansea University’s College of Engineering. To use the software, simply click on the link, unzip the download file which contains a User Guide and executable which will run on any Windows machine.
If you have any problems or queries, please contact Dr Ben Evans: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Evans is heavily involved in connecting College of Engineering research with the general public and with schools in particular. He has developed a schools show that visits schools across the UK throughout the academic year based on communicating the science behind the BLOODHOUND SSC Land Speed Record attempt. His team also delivers workshops in which school pupils design, build and test their own rocket propelled cars.
Dr Evans demonstrating supersonic flow in the style of Indiana Jones on a school visit.
Pupils getting involved in a BLOODHOUND Schools Show
Test firing of rocket car designed and built by pupils from Bishopston Comprehensive School, Swansea.
For more information on any of these activities please email email@example.com
Dr Evans also regularly gives public talks and lectures about his research. He has been invited to speak at Cheltenham Science Festival on topics ranging from Land Speed Record racing to fuel efficient flying, Cardiff Science Festival and British Science Association events amongst many others. If you would like to contact Dr Evans about speaking engagements please email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact him on Twitter @DrBenEvans
Dr Evans and his team have partnered with engineers based at M.I.T. in the USA to develop a web-based interactive CFD solver called aerodoodle. This is primarily an education tool to help people understand the capabilities of CFD solvers in a fun and interactive environment on the web.
Simulation of the flow around a simple shape using aerodoodle.swan.ac.uk
2014 TATA Steel Award for Outstanding Impact in Commerce and Industry
Improved Aerodynamic Design Process for the Aerospace Industry through the Application of Unstructured Mesh Technology
Swansea University Impact Awards
2006 Mike Crisfield Prize in Computational Mechanics at the Association of Computational Mechanics in Engineering conference
2013 Fujitsu PhD Scholarship
Computational aerodynamic design optimisation for complex geometries
2013 4 x BLOODHOUND Education Programme Public Engagement small grants
Application of Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) to the BLOODHOUND SSC
Numerical modelling in MATLAB for BLOODHOUND SSC performance predictions
Computational Fluid Dynamics in the design of BLOODHOUND SSC
Schools-based STEM engagement based on BLOODHOUND SSC
Total value: £20K
2012 Ingenious public engagement grant - Royal Academy of Engineering
STEM schools-based public engagement based on the BLOODHOUND SSC
2012 Pathways to Impact Grant, Swansea University
2010 Swansea Academy of Learning and Teaching grant
Enhancing undergraduate teaching using social media: Teach by Twitter
2011 - present: Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering at College of Engineering, Swansea University
2007 - present: Engineering Design Team for the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car
2007 - 2011: Senior Research Assistanct at Civil and Computational Engineering Centre, Swansea University
2004 - 2008: PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics at Civil and Computational Engineering Centre, Swansea University
2000 - 2004: MEng in Aerospace and Aerothermal Engineering at Jesus College, Cambridge University
The use of CFD in the design of a supersonic car
Discontinuous Taylor-Galerkin FE Approach for Solution of the Boltzmann-BGK Equation
Jan 2013 British Science Association - Science London Lecture
The 1,000 mph engineering adventure, BLOODHOUND SSC
Sept 2012 Rolls Royce 10th Anniversary ADOS Conference
Design optimisation using computational fluid dynamics applied to a supersonic vehicle
May 2011 Oxford University Engineering Society
Designing a 1,000mph car, BLOODHOUND SSC: an engineering adventure
Mar 2011 Institute of Mathematics Invited Lecture
Numerical Modelling and BLOODHOUND SSC
Sept 2010 MathWorks – MATLAB Virtual Conference 2010
Inspiring Undergraduate Students to use MATLAB
Online virtual conference
June 2010 Cheltenham Science Festival 2010
Fuel Efficient Flying
Apr 2010 Intel HPC Symposium 2010 – Keynote Speaker
The state of the art of HPC in CFD with application to BLOODHOUND SSC
Nov 2009 Cambridge Engineering Society Lecture
The use of CFD in the design of BLOODHOUND SSC
Trinity College, Cambridge
Nov 2009 World Motorsport Symposium
Designing a supersonic car
June 2009 Cheltenham Science Festival 2009
How computational modelling is changing the modern world
Mar 2009 Mexican Automotive Association Congress Keynote Lecture
BLOODHOUND SSC – the adventure begins
Feb 2009 Singapore Institute of High Performance Computing invited lecture
The use of CFD in the design of BLOODHOUND SSC