A technology-centric approach

As a small team of specialists, at Upstream CFD we prefer to focus on our core areas of expertise, rather than make unrealistic claims to cover the entire breadth of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Computational Aeroacoustics (CAA) sub-disciplines. This technology-centric approach is highly valued by our clients, since it places the quality and added value of project results in the foreground and enables fruitful collaboration with partners from the wider CFD / CAA community. The latter is further enhanced by our community involvement in the popular open-source CFD software, OpenFOAM®.

Our specialist expertise, gained from 15 years of academic research and industrial consulting, is concentrated in the following areas:

  • High-fidelity turbulence modelling
  • Simulation of aeroacoustic sources and sound wave propagation
  • Robust and accurate numerical methods
  • Adaptive mesh refinement
  • Adjoint optimisation
  • High-performance computing

Rather than focus on individual application areas, we seek to apply these technologies in a wide range of industrial sectors. This works best in a collaborative framework, whereby our CFD / CAA method expertise is combined with application expertise contributed by the client. In this manner, our team has gathered experience with method development and industrial consulting projects in the following fields:

  • Aerospace (airframe, propulsion)
  • Automotive applications (internal and external flows)
  • Atmospheric boundary layer flow
  • Motorsport
  • Process industries
  • Rail transport
  • Wind energy

If you would like to learn more about how our expertise and associated services apply to your specific application, please contact us.


In the framework of previous affiliations, the Upstream CFD team have contributed to numerous national and EU-funded research projects over the years. This R&D work has resulted in over 90 scientific publications, a selection of which is outlined below:

PhD theses:

High-fidelity turbulence modelling:

Source-resolving aeroacoustics:

Numerical methods: