Koulis Pericleous

Professor Koulis Pericleous

Koulis Pericleous

Professor Koulis Pericleous

Professor of Computational Fluid Dynamics

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities

Bio-sketch

Born in Nicosia Cyprus, 1952.
Studied in London (Queen Mary College), 1971-1977, BSc, PhD.
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of London, 1978-1979.
CHAM ltd, Wimbledon, 1979-1989, (Head Consultancy Section 1987-89)
Joined the university of Greenwich in 1989.

Academic studies

B.Sc. Aeronautical Engineering, Queen Mary College, 1971-1974Ph.D., University of London for experimental research into oscillatory turbulent boundary layers (1977)

DIRECTORSHIPS
Director: MPSL Ltd, PHYSICA Ltd
Co-Director, Centre for Numerical Modelling and Process Analysis (CNMPA)

Editorships and refereeing activity


Editorial board of:
Applied mathematical Modelling (Elsevier)
Journal of Algorithms & Computational Technology (Multi-Science Publ. Co. Ltd)
Journal of High Temperature Materials and Processes (De Gruyter)
Grant reviewer for EPSRC, Leverhulme Trust, Cyprus Science Foundation, Latvian Research Council, etc.

EU panel chair, member and proposal reviewer for: EU/FP6 NEST (New and Emerging Technologies), EU/FP6 IP Global 3, EU/FP6 Nanotechnologies & Nano-sciences Knowledge-based Multifunctional Materials (NMP), EU/FP6 STREP, Project Monitor FP7 IP 'FIREPARADOX'
REF Assessor (2013)

Administrative responsibilities


Professor of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Director, Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) research group
Senior Postgraduate Tutor & Research Degrees Committee board member
Major Areas of Interest & Expertise

Actively involved in the development of a number of CFD codes (some of which are commercially available). Broad interests in CFD and in particular in the areas of multi-physics modelling, two-phase Flow, CFD of complex reacting flows in Mechanical, Process, Chemical and Aerospace Engineering, Magneto_Hydro_Dynamics (MHD) in metals processing, melting, casting, welding and alloy microstructure simulation, fluid-structure interaction and computational aero-acoustics.

Consultant to a number of organisations worldwide, including: Alcoa (US), ARBED (Lux), Arcelor (Fr.), BAe (UK), Comalco (Aus), Qinetiq (UK), Rio Tinto (UK, Aus), Corus (NL), DNV(UK), Electrowatt (Switz.), Fire Research Stn. (UK), Lafarge (Fr), Mott-MacDonald (UK), Todd Combustion (USA), Rolls-Royce (UK), Xstrata-zinc(UK).

Main research activity

  • Development of Finite-Volume Numerical methods for multi-physics simulations, (code PHYSICA);
  • Modelling of Casting and Welding processes;
  • Integrated Fluid-Structure interaction techniques;
  • Free-Surface flow modelling with Heat Transfer and Phase Change;
  • Reacting Multi-Phase flows for iron & steel production;
  • Modelling of particle-laden swirling flows (e.g. cyclones and swirl reactors);
  • Development of Computational Aero Acoustics (CAA) techniques;
  • Modelling of Buoyant Plumes, Fires and Combustion ;
  • Modelling of non-Newtonian flows in pipes and extruders;
  • Development of Structured Adaptive Mesh techniques for compressible flows;
  • Computational Magneto-Hydro-Dynamics (MHD) techniques for metals processing applications (metal flow control, levitation, aluminium reduction cells, pumps/brakes);
  • Effect of magnetic fields on alloy microstructure;
  • Development of turbulence models for special applications, e.g. Fractal-based Large Eddy Simulation.

Further details can be found on http://staffweb.cms.gre.ac.uk/~pk01/

Qualifications

BSc.(hons), PhD
Fellow IMA
Chartered Engineer

University Research Degrees Committee panel member
Professor & Reader selection panel (lapsed)

Course leader 2016/17

Mathematics and its Applications 
Mathematics of Complex Systems

Best Paper Award 8th Int. Conf. Physical and Numerical Simulation of Materials Processing, Seattle, Oct. 2016

British Foundry Medal and Prize 2014 - awarded to authors of the best technical paper published in the Foundry Trade Journal for: Wang, H., Djambazov, G., Pericleous, K.A., Harding, R.A. and Wickins, M. (2013) Numerical modelling of the tilt casting process for γ-TiAl alloys, Foundry Trade Journal International, 187 (3705). pp. 150-157. ISSN 1758-9789

Best conference paper award: K Pericleous, G Djambazov, JF Domgin, P Gardin, B Lebon, "Time-dependent modelling and experimental validation of the metal flux interface in a continuous casting mould", Proc. 28th Int. ATS steelmaking days, 13-14 Dec. 2007, Paris, pp 207-217

Best conference paper award, "The Use of Combined DC and AC Fields to Increase Superheat in an Induction Skull Melting Furnace": R A Harding , M.Wickins , G. Keough , K. Pericleous , V. Bojarevics, International Symposium on Liquid Metal Processing and Casting, Santa Fe, USA, September 18-21, 2005

Member REF UoA12 assessor panel,

Member Helmholtz Research Alliance (Germany)

Editorial board: Applied Math Modelling, Journal of Algorithms and Computational Technology, Journal of High Temperature Materials 

CEng, Member ELGRA, TMS, ASME, BCS (lapsed)

Scientific algorithm and software development, modelling of complex flow problems, multi-physics modelling in the metals processing industry, casting of metals, alloy solidification,crystal growth, reactive flows, magneto-hydrodynamics, aeroacoustics, environmental flows, CO2 reduction and capture

Funded research projects

External funding


1. EU "IMPRESS" 2004-2009 (completed), value 600,000 to UG. (PI)
Pan-European programme for the development of intermetallic materials for Earth and Space application. Coordinator the European Space Agency (ESA)Total project value 41M. Greenwich developed mathematical process models for the development (1) of titanium aluminide (TiAl)turbine aerofoil blades for aero-engines or industrial gas turbines (end user Rolls-Royce) and (2)nickel aluminium metal powders for catalytic applications (Johnson-Matthey) and hydrogen fuel cells. Further details can be found at http://spaceflight.esa.int/impress/
Keywords: Advanced materials, mathematical modelling,materials processing

2. EPSRC "ELFVAR" , 2006-2009 (completed), value 169,188 (PI)
Measurement and modelling of electrical, transport and phase-change phenomena and application to Vacuum Arc Remelting for Optimal Material Quality. Collaboration with Birmingham Uni., Imperial College, Rolls-Royce, Corus and Wiggins Special Metals. Development of mathematical models of the VAR process for the production of high quality ingots for aerospace and defence applications.
EPSRC Research Topic: Materials processing. EPSRC Industrial sectors: Aerospace, Defence, Marine

3. Industrial funding: ArcelorMittal "Converter" 2009-2012 (completed) value 88,000 (PI)
Mathematical model and software for the modelling of the Basic Oxygen Furnace, used to convert iron to steel. Joint PhD supervision of Yannick Doh, registered at Nancy University, France.
Keywords: Steelmaking, math modelling

4.TSB "COLDMELT", 2009-2012 (completed), value 170,000 (PI)
Development of a contactless melting/pouring method for the development of titanium metal powder, using electromagnetic forces. Project led by Phoenix Scientific Industries (PSI). Design developed by Greenwich now in the implementation stage for production. End users, aerospace, defence.

5. Interreg 2Seas "ISECA" 2011-2014 value 264,000 (PI)
To study the effects of airborne pollution from urban sources on the growth of algal blums in the coastal areas bordering the North Sea and the English Channel and develop a web-based information system for use by local authorities, tourism and other interested parties. Partners from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and UK.
Keywords: Environmental protection, eutrophication

6. Royal Society China Exchange Grant, 2012-2014, value 10,000 (PI)
Research exchange with the North Eastern University of China to study the effects of magnetic fields on alloy crystal growth.
Keywords: materials science, EM interaction, crystal growth dynamics 

7. EU "EXOMET", 2012-2016, value 400,000 (PI)
To study the effects of external fields (magnetic, ultrasonic, shear) on the dispersion of nano-particles or oxides in advanced light alloys of magnesium and aluminium. Project led by the European Space Agency (ESA). Applications in the production of Metal Matrix Nano Composites (MMNC) for use in future transport. Total project value 20M. Web site: http://www.exomet-project.eu/
Keywords: advanced materials, nano-composites, materials modelling

8. EPSRC "UltraMelt", 2013-2016,281,000 (PI)
Development of method for the ultrasonic treatment of large volumes of liquid metal to produce refined grain structures. Collaboration with Brunel Uni. (experiments)
Keywords: Ultrasonics, cavitation,metals processing, math models

9. EPSRC "TECalloy", 2013-2016, 279,000 (PI)
Extension of theoretical framework developed at Greenwich, to study the effects of magnetic fields in producing tailor-made alloy crystal structures by controlling solute micro-convection using the thermoelectric properties of the alloy. Research in collaboration with the Manchester Uni. Synchrotron facility at Diamond.
Keywords: Materials science, thermoelectrics, crystal formation

10. Industrial: BRM Lead processing kettle optimisation, 2013, value 68,000 (PI)
To examine the reasons for premature "kettle" failure in the lead refining process. Consultancy work carried out on behalf of British Refined Metals (BRM, part of the Xstrata-Glencore group).
Keywords: Industrial process modelling, lead refining

11. EU "SIKELOR", 2014-2017, value 309,000 (under negotiation) (Co-Investigator)
An important environmental project, for the recovery of the 50% or so silicon wasted as "kerf" in the cutting process to produce photo-voltaic silicon panels. Greenwich will collaborate with German and Italian partners to remove impurities from the kerf, using electromagnetic means so that the silicon can be recycled
Keywords: Material recycling, photo-voltaics, environmental protection

12. 364,000 EPSRC (EP/P034411/1) "Top Coil", 2017-2020. Stemming from research carried out in EU ExoMet and a joint patent with the European Space Agency, this project aims to develop a contactless electromagnetic device for the ultrasonic treatment of metals in liquid state, ranging from light alloys (Al, Mg) to high temperature reactive alloys (Ni, Fe, Ti) and nano-composites. Led by Prof Pericleous, with collaborators from Birmingham and Oxford Universities and industrial partners.

13. £323,000 EPSRC "Ultramelt#2", 2018-2021. Continuation of EPSRC UltraMelt, this project extends experimental and modelling work on the ultrasonic processing of light alloys to enable upscaling and industrial implementation. Led by Prof Pericleous with collaborators from Brunel and Oxford Brookes and industrial support.

Internal funding(on behalf of GSEG)

RAE Formulaic 2008-


RAE Competitive 2008-

HEIF 2008-VC PhD scholarship, William Carter 2013-2016

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