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A Linearized Navier-Stokes Equations Methodology for Aeroacoustic and Thermoacoustic Simulations

Time: Fri 2021-02-05 10.00

Location: Zoom webinar, register at:, Du som saknar dator/datorvana kan kontakta / Use the e-mail address if you need technical assistance, Stockholm (English)

Subject area: Engineering Mechanics

Doctoral student: PhD student Wei Na , Marcus Wallenberg Laboratoriet MWL

Opponent: Professor Niklas Andersson,

Supervisor: Susann Boij, Linné Flow Center, FLOW, VinnExcellence Center for ECO2 Vehicle design, Competence Center for Gas Exchange (CCGEx), Farkostteknik och Solidmekanik, Marcus Wallenberg Laboratoriet MWL; Gunilla Efraimsson, Linné Flow Center, FLOW, VinnExcellence Center for ECO2 Vehicle design, Farkost- och flygteknik, Teknisk mekanik


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