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Project name
Computational and experimental assessment of the hydrodynamics within recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS)
Ing. Štěpán Papáček Ph.D.
Description of the activities of the project
  • The improved design of aquaculture systems is needed facing the demand for increased production as well as increased concern of fish wellbeing. After the setting of a specific cost function, an optimization problem involving the flow field within an aquaculture system can be defined and eventually solved. The project aims to assess both experimentally and numerically, using a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code, the flow pattern within a fish tank. Two approaches, (i) full CFD, and (ii) surrogate model based approach, shall be tested on a circular tank case study.
  • Students will learn how to use the CFD code COMSOL Multiphysics for analyzing the effect of design parameters and operational conditions on tank hydrodynamics. Subsequently, on either small-scale laboratory model or real-scale fish tank, the experimental measurements will be performed in order to validate CFD numerical results.
  • The project outcome: COMSOL files describing tank hydrodynamics for a set of design parameters and operating conditions, experimental data of flow velocity in selected points in either small-scale laboratory model or real-scale fish tank, and hopefully, the first draft of a manuscript for an impacted journal.
  • Number of students - 2
  • secondary school students - NO
  • university students - YES
  • Prerequisites: Some minimal knowledge in Computer Science and Math (Numerical Methods) and a lot of personal motivation. Mastering of a CFD code (e.g., COMSOL Multiphysics) would be highly appreciated.

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