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Project name
Application of CFD for aquaculture tank design & optimization
Ing. Štěpán Papáček Ph.D.
Description of the activities of the project
  • General goal of the project is to use a CFD (computational fluid dynamics) code to analyze the effect of design parameters and operational conditions on (i) tank hydrodynamics, and subsequently on (ii) biological performance of fish larvae in an aquaculture tank.
  • Methodology – project milestones: First, we have to determine the ”key players”, i.e., the independent or explanatory variables (input variables of an underlying mathematical model), model parameters, output variables, their ranges and restrictions, etc. Then, the mathematical model describing the tank hydrodynamics (either the ”full” CFD based model, or the simplified surrogate model, or both) will be developed and validated. Finally, depending on available time, an optimization problem (OP) will be defined and solved. Two examples for OP: (i) to find optimum experimental conditions during larval rearing, (ii) to find optimal values of both design and operational variables (input variables of full/surrogate model) assuring both high biological performance of fish larvae and satisfactory mixing conditions (multiobjective optimization problem).
  • Number of students - 1-2
  • secondary school students - NO
  • university students - YES
  • Prerequisites: I expect 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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