Dr Neil Ashton
MEng, PhD, CEng
Senior Researcher
01865 610600

Dr Neil Ashton is a Senior Researcher at the Centre. He is an expert in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), with a particular focus on turbulence modelling. He has worked on a number of EU projects with leading companies such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Volkswagen and DLR to develop new turbulence models suitable for complex industrial flows.

He completed his MEng and PhD at the University of Manchester and later worked at the Lotus Formula 1 team, where he was responsible for helping to develop the CFD and HPC methodology for the aerodynamic department. Since returning to academia he has focused on developing improved CFD methods and software to enable a truly virtual design process using large-scale HPC facilities. He has given invited talks at NASA, Boeing, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre and others on his work and was recently a visiting scientist at NASA Ames Research Centre.

He is a Chartered Engineer through the IMechE, a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as well as the NAFEMS CFD working group. He has also written for a number of leading international science magazines on science and engineering.

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Recent Talks

• August 2016 - Oxford-Royale Summer School - Motivational talk for 16-18 year Oxford summer school students on turbulence and finding a fun career in science and engineering
• May 2016 - NASA Ames Research Centre AMS Seminar Series - Recent experiences of modeled-stress-depletion using DDES and IDDES for the 30P30N three-element airfoil
• February 2016 - TEDx Oxford - Turbulence, Finding Order in Chaos
• February 2016 - High Performance Computing & Big Data 2016 conference - Developing an Improved Aerodynamic Design Process for the Aerospace and Automotive Industries using HPC
• February 2016 - Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse (IMFT) - Towards an entirely virtual design process: The challenge for turbulence modeling
• September 2015 - University of Manchester - Engaging with US Academia and Industry for aerospace research
• May 2015 - Oxford University E-Research Centre - Towards an entirely virtual engineering design process: The challenge for turbulence modeling
• February 2015 - Boeing R&D, Computational Challenges for aerodynamic design in Formula 1
• February 2015 - NASA Ames Research Centre, Computational Challenges for aerodynamic design in Formula 1
• October 2014 - Gdansk University, Embedded hybrid RANS-LES approaches.

Recent Publications

Magazine/Newspaper articles

Ashton, N., 'How safe is your plane?' BBC Focus Magazine, August 2016
Ashton, N., 'More than a load of hot air?' BBC Focus Magazine, March 2016
Ashton, N., 'Flying Solar' BBC Focus Magazine, August 2015
Ashton, N., 'A New Dawn for NASA' BBC Focus Magazine, March 2015
Ashton, N., 'How to build a 1000mph Supercar' Science Uncovered, Future Publishing, June 2014

Ashton, N, Revell, A, Poletto, R.,'Grey-Area Mitigation for the Ahmed Car Body Using Embedded DDES', in 'Progress in Hybrid RANS-LES Modelling, Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design 130', S. Girimaji et al. (eds.), Springer
Poletto, R, Revell, A, Craft, T, Ashton, N.,'Embedded DDES of 2D Hump Flow', in 'Progress in Hybrid RANS-LES Modelling, Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design 117', S. Fu et al. (eds.), Springer Journal and Conference Papers

Ashton N, Stoellinger M., ' Computation of Turbulent Flow in a Rotating Pipe using an Elliptic Blending Reynolds Stress Mode l', AIAA Aviation 2016, Washington D.C
Ashton N, West A & Mendonca F., 'Flow dynamics past a 30P30N three-element high-lift airfoil using Improved Delayed Detached-Eddy Simulation', AIAA Journal  http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.J054521
Ashton N, West A, Revell A, & Lardeau S,. ' Assessment of RANS and DES models for realistic automotive models ', Computers & Fluids, Vol 128, pp 1-15, DOI:10.1016/j.compfluid.2016.01.008
B. Owen, C. Lowe, N. Ashton, P. Mandal, S. Rogers, W. Wein, C. McCollum, A. Revell, (2015) 'A Pilot study comparing computational hemodynamics of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm geometries derived from 3D Ultrasound and Computerised Tomography', Journal of Engineering in Medicine, Vol 230, pp 201-210, DOI: 10.1177/0954411915626742

Stoellinger M, Roy R, Ashton N., ' Application of an Elliptic Blending Reynolds Stress Model in Attached and Separated flows ', AIAA Aviation 2015
Ashton N, West A & Mendonca F., ' Slat Noise Prediction using Hybrid RANS-LES methods on Structured and Unstructured Grids ', 21st AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference, Aviation Forum 2015, DOI: 10.2514/6.2015-3139
Ashton N, Revel A., ' Comparison of RANS and DES methods for the DrivAer automotive body ', SAE 2015 World Congress, 2015-01-1538
Ashton N, Revell A., 'Experimental and Numerical investigation of a Le Mans Prototype (LMP2) racing car', SAE 2015 World Congress
Ashton N, Revell A., ' Key factors in the use of DDES for the flow around a simplified car ', International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow', 54, pp 236-249, DOI:10.1016/j.ijheatfluidflow.2015.06.002
Ashton N et al. ' The Computational Fluid Dynamics Rupture Challenge 2013 – Phase II: Variability of Hemodynamic Simulations in Two Intracranial Aneurysms ', Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, DOI:10.1115/1.4031794

Ashton, N., Lardeau, S., Dawson, P., & Revell, A., 'Calibration, Validation and Development of DDES Models in a Commerical CFD Solver For Flow Subject To 3D Separation'. In 'ETMM10: 10th International ERCOFTAC Symposium on Engineering'.
Ashton, N., & Revell, A., 'Investigation into the predictive capability of Advanced Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes Models for the DrivAer Automotive Model'. In 'IMechE International Vehicle Aerodynamics Conference' (pp. 125–137). Woodhead Publishing.
Ashton, N., Keshmiri, A. & Revell, A., ' Uncertainty Quantification of Boundary Conditions for the CFD Simulation of a Rabbit Aorta ', Proc. 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, USA, 2014
Andrews, K., Ashton, N. & Keshmiri, A., ' Use of Fluid-Structure Coupling to Investigate the True Physiological Hemodynamics Experienced by Endothelial Cells in Synthetic Grafts ', Proc. 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, USA, 2014.
Ashton, N., Mira, D, Moulinec, C, Revell, A, Owen, H, Vaquez, M, Houzeaux, G., ' Application Of RANS And Hybrid RANS-LES Models To A High-Lift Aircraft Wing And Fuselage ',XXI Fluid Mechanics Conference, AGH–UST, Krakow, 15 – 18 June 2014
Ashton, N., Lardeau, S., West, A., Revell A,. ' Application of Elliptic Blending EVM AND RSM RANS Models to Automotive Relevant Test Cases ', in 11th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM XI)