20 September 2022
Research of quantum technologies4.9 Million Euro for Calculating Fluid Dynamics
Photo: Oxford Martin School, Fisher Studios
Advances in research and technology in numerous areas are determined by the ability to exactly predict and optimize complex fluid dynamics. This is true in the natural and life sciences, in climate science as well as for the chemical, energy, automobile, aviation, and ship-building industries. For example, the optimization of cooling systems for automobile batteries is a major issue for fluid dynamics in electro-mobility.
However, researchers are facing significant challenges from the wide range of simultaneously occurring spatial structures, combined with different typical times when these processes occur. The opportunities currently available for calculating these flows are not sufficient to address the future requirements of research and industrial uses.
“We are addressing this challenge by developing a quantum software framework for industrially relevant computational fluid dynamics problems,” explains Prof. Dr. Dieter Jaksch from the Department of Physics at Universität Hamburg, who will coordinate the QCFD- Quantum Computational Fluid Dynamics project. This project will deliver opportunities provided by quantum computing on fluid dynamics for use in industrial applications.
Jaksch moved from Oxford University to Universität Hamburg just over a year ago and is now researching in the Cluster of Excellence: Advanced Imaging of Matter (CUI). He and those working on the project will work closely with those using the technology in practice, to find out the software and hardware requirements in the quantum technology context.
The project is being funded as part of the Horizon Europe innovation and research program funded by the EU Commission and is due to start on 1 November 2022. In addition to the research group at Universität Hamburg, the research alliance also includes researchers from the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), the Technical University of Crete, the University of Innsbruck, the Forschungszentrum Jülich, and the software company ENGYS Italy.
A detailed outline of the project is available on the Center for Ultrafast Imaging: Advanced Imaging of Matter website.