I'm responsible for the aftertreatment system CFD simulations in our R&D group and a part of my monthly work time is allocated to PhD studies. The simulations are basically multiphase flow simulations where AdBlue® behaviour is studied in the exhaust system. Every now and then I get to do mechanical design work.
I did my master's thesis in 2013 and got a full-time job after the thesis project was finished.
The CFD work can take anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days or more depending on the simulation at hand. So in the morning I continue where I left off the previous day. When I start preparing for a simulation, I'll start from the flow volume extraction and import it to the CFD software. After this, the geometry is modified, physics are defined and the model is meshed. The model run time depends on the size and physics of the system, so as mentioned before it might be from 2 hours to 2 days. After the simulation is run, I'll go discuss the results with the design team and write a report. So basically I spend most my time at my office desk aside from lunch and coffee breaks.
I can do my work hands-on and there's autonomy in a sense that the assignments are not too tightly defined. My colleagues are fun to work with and everyone is supportive.
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