SAQN offers Travel Grants for activity that will enable network members to build collaborations, make new connections, take advantage of STFC capabilities and assist them in proposal development. In this feature, Harriet Jones discusses her experience at the Engineering Turbulence Modelling and Measurements (ETMM14) conference in Barcelona, where she delivered a poster presentation on her work on a SAQN Proof of Concept study, involving the computational modelling of pollutant dispersion in kitchens.
I have been working on the SAQN funded project “Experimental Validation of Lagrangian Stochastic Methods Targeting Indoor Air Quality” in which I have been assisting in the development of a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model of pollutant dispersion during cooking within the DOMESTIC test house. The aim of this model is to be able to better understand the mechanisms by which pollutants (specifically PM2.5) are dispersed during the cooking process and what mitigation measures are most suitable to limit exposure to these pollutants. As a result of this research, my poster presentation on our work was accepted for the 14th International Engineering Turbulence Modelling and Measurements Symposium (ETMM14), which took place in Barcelona on the 6th – 8th September 2023.
ETMM aims to provide a bridge between researchers and practitioners, creating a supportive environment for the cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge. A particular focus of this year’s symposium was the innovative application of modelling, simulation and experiments to issues in fluid technology, energy, life sciences and the environment. There were many excellent presentations on particle modelling problems by experts in the field, including a keynote presentation by Dr Alfredo Soldati, who spoke on the modelling and computation of drops and bubbles in turbulence. I was able to develop and extend my own understanding of the challenges and potential of particulate matter modelling, as well as being able to present my own project and promote the role that STFC is playing in Air Quality research to the wider modelling and experimental community. It was a fantastic experience, and I can highly recommend investigating the SAQN Travel Grant, as it provides a great way to access opportunities that would not otherwise be possible!