Reports and Theses


The Eilmer4 user’s guide describes how to set up and run simulations. The companion gas model and geometry user guides describe the details of the thermochemistry models and the geometry/grid generation modules.

  1. Jacobs PA, Gollan RJ, The user’s guide to the Eilmer4 flow simulation program, including some examples to get you started. School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering Technical Report 2016/17 , November 2016.
  2. Gollan RJ, Jacobs PA, The user’s guide to the Dlang gas Package, including gas-calc and the API. School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering Technical Report 2016/20 , December 2016.
  3. Jacobs PA, Gollan RJ, The user’s guide to the Dlang geometry package for use with the Eilmer4 flow simulation program. School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering Technical Report 2016/19 , October 2016.

All of these reports are available, in PDF, from the Eilmer4 page on Bitbucket


Eilmer3 has been our main 2D/3D compressible flow simulation code for a number of years and will remain available, however, new work should be started with Eilmer4. Yes, the input scripts are a little different, but Eilmer4 is so much better...

Eilmer3-User-Guide describes how to set up and run simulations with Eilmer3.

Eilmer3-Theory-Book describes the detailed calculations that are done for a flow simulation.


MB_CNS and mbcns2 are the earlier generation 2D flow simulation codes. These have been superseded by Eilmer3.

Report-2004-10 is the MB_CNS Example book.

ICASE-Interim-Report-18 (1991) on the Navier-Stokes solver CNS4U. CNS4U was eventually superceded by MB_CNS, and this report by the Eilmer3-Theory-Book

Report-10-96 on MB_CNS updates the documentation on the multiple-block version of the Navier-Stokes code.

Report-2005-10 describes the Python-based input format for mb_cns.


Report-13-98 is the documentation for theory behind the Lagrangian 1-D program.

Report-2005-09 describes the newer, Python-based input format.


Report-3-00 describes the user interface to the Interactive Method-of-Characteristics program. Note that, although the current web copy is a bit broken, the code and documentation is in the code repository.


Report-2007-13 is the “User guide for shock and blast simulation with the OctVCE code (version 3.5+)”


Report-2013-04 is the manual for the Onedval program, a tool to extract one-dimensionalised values from CFD data.


David-Gildfind-PhD-Thesis “Development of High Total Pressure Scramjet Flow Conditions using the X2 Expansion Tube”

Wilson-Chan-PhD-Thesis “Effects of flow non-uniformities on the drag reduction by boundary layer combustion”

Brendan-OFlaherty-PhD-Thesis “Reducing the Global Warming Potential of Coal Mine Ventilation Air by Combustion in a Free-Piston Engine”

Carolyn-Jacobs-PhD-Thesis “Radiation in low density hypervelocity flows”

Dan-Potter-PhD-Thesis “Modeling of radiating shock layers for atmospheric entry at Earth and Mars”.

Rowan-Gollan-PhD-Thesis “The Computational Modelling of High-Temperature Gas Effects with Application to Hypersonic Flows”.

Kevin-Austin-PhD-Thesis “Evolutionary Design of Robust Flight Control for a Hypersonic Aircraft”

Chris-Craddock-PhD-Thesis “Computational Optimization of Scramjets and Shock Tunnel Nozzles”

Michael-Elford-MSc-Thesis “Validation of a CFD Solver for Hypersonic Flows”

James-Faddy-MSc-Thesis “Computational Modelling for Shock Tube Flows”

Richard-Goozee-PhD-Thesis “Simulation of a Complete Shock Tunnel using Parallel Computer Codes”

Haruko-Ishikawa-PhD-Thesis “Investigations of Optimum Design of Heat Exchangers of Thermoacoustic Engines”

Ian-Johnston-PhD-Thesis “Simulation of Flow Around Blunt-Nosed Vehicles for the Calibration of Air-Data Systems”

Charles-Lilley-PhD-Thesis “A Macroscopic Chemistry Method for the Direct Simulation of Nonequilibrium Gas Flows”

Paul-Petrie-Repar-PhD-Thesis “Numerical Simulation of Diaphragm Rupture”

Ben-Stewart-PhD-Thesis “Predicted Scramjet Testing Capabilities of the Proposed RHYFL-X Expansion Tube”

Michael-Scott-PhD-Thesis “Development and Modelling of Expansion Tubes”

Vince-Wheatley-MSc-Thesis “Modelling Low-Density Flow in Hypersonic Impulse Facilities”

Peter-Jacobs-PhD-Thesis “Nonlinear Dynamics of Piecewise-Constant Vorticity Distributions in an Inviscid Fluid”

Adrian-Window-MPhil-Thesis “Simulation of Separating Flows in the X2 Expansion Tube Over Bluff Aerocapture Vehicles”

Andrew-Denman-PhD-Thesis “Large-Eddy Simulation of Compressible Turbulent Boundary Layers with Heat Addition”

Charles-Lilley-PhD-Thesis “A macroscopic chemistry method for the direct simulation of non-equilibrium gas flows”

Dwishen-Ramanah-MPhil-Thesis “Background Oriented Schlieren Technique for Flow Visualisation in Shock Tunnels”

Joseph-Tang-PhD-Thesis “Development of a Parallel Adaptive Cartesian Cell Code to Simulate Blast in Complex Geometries”

Matthew-Smith-PhD-Thesis “The True Direction Equilibrium Flux Method and its Application”

Matthew-McGilvray-PhD-Thesis “Scramjet testing at high enthalpies in expansion tube facilities”

Neil-Mudford-PhD-Thesis “The Production of Pulsed Nozzle Flows in a Shock Tube”

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