Jean-Eloi Lombard
RAEng-McLaren Research Chair Ph.D. Student
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Jean-Eloi is presently a PhD student in the RAEng-McLaren Research Chair. He is supervised by Prof. Spencer Sherwin at Imperial College and Dr. Mark Taylor at McLaren Racing and is working on transferring Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology from the realm of research to McLaren Racing’s Formula One design team.

In 2013 Jean-Eloi met the requirements for his Masters of Science in Physics at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) after working on his Masters thesis as a research assistant in the Laminar Flow Control Group at Imperial College. During his thesis he  focused on the stability of the boundary layer. From 2011 to 2013 Jean-Eloi determined the influence of Leading Edge Extension flap (LEX flap) deflection on the vortical flow of an aircraft at high angle of attack as a research assistant in the Interdisciplinary Aerodynamics Group at EPFL. During this period he collaborated with transnational teams such as Plasmaero, studying how dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuators control the aerodynamic flow on transonic aircraft, and ANDRA, investigating the flow properties of the largest geological repositories for long lived nuclear waste.

Jean-Eloi develops stabilization methods for the spectral/hp element method code Nektar++ for high fidelity simulations of unsteady and transient flows over complex geometries. In particular his work focuses at present on the spectral vanishing viscosity and de-aliasing methods.

The purpose of this PhD is to integrate Nektar++ into  McLaren Racing’s Formula One design workflow. The target is to successfully race the front wing designed using this workflow at the opening race of the 2017 season.

Jean-Eloi’s full CV can be found here, his LinkedIn profile here and Google Scholar profile here.

Publications :

+ Jean-Eloi Lombard, Pierre Wilhelm, Pénélope Leyland, Non-linear aerodynamic study of leading edge extension flap influence on flow around an aircraft at high-angle of attack, Proc. MASCOT and ISGG 2012 (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, Oct. 22-26), accepted.

Student Supervised :

Prashanth Bhalachandran – 2013 Master Student at Imperial College London – co-advised with Dr. David Moxie and Professor Spencer Sherwin – Direct numerical simulation of a three-dimensional periodic and transitional flow.