The University of Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries and is one of the most renowned universities in Europe. With 55,484 students in 2014 – 2015 it is the largest university in Belgium and the Low Countries with a strong orientation towards research. KU Leuven is the 6th European university in the 2008 Leiden ranking.
The AWESCO researchers will be hosted in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Turbulent Flow Simulation & Optimization (TFSO) research group. The group consists of 9 PhD students and one postdoctoral researcher and has large competency in large-eddy simulation and direct numerical simulation of turbulent flows, PDE-constrained optimization, super computing (including access to facilities), wind energy, atmospheric dispersion, etc. Moreover, for its simulation and optimization research, an in-house state of the art PDE-constrained DNS/LES-based optimization code (i.e. SP-Wind) is available in the team. In addition, J.M. is one of the core supervisors of OPTEC (OPTimization in Engineering Center of Excellence @ KU Leuven – http://set.kuleuven.be/optec/), and chairs a working group on PDE-constrained optimization. AWESCO researchers will be fully included in the OPTEC activities, meetings, training, etc. Finally, the TFSO team is also heavily involved in a multi-disciplinary wind-energy research consortium at KU Leuven, including teams from structural mechanics, electrical engineering, and climatology. The consortium organizes two-monthly meetings that focus on interdisciplinary training, and discussion. The AWESCO ESR will be naturally involved.