Contact Steven Rijns

Areas of expertise

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Vehicle Aerodynamics


Steven is a highly motivated PhD candidate specialising in active aerodynamic concepts for high-performance vehicles, with a robust background in mechanical and motorsport engineering. His expertise encompasses CAD design, CFD simulations, wind tunnel testing, and performance modelling, all of which are underpinned by a proven track record of analytical and reporting skills demonstrated through multiple peer-reviewed publications. Steven is an effective communicator and a quick learner, dedicated to advancing technology and pushing performance standards in the automotive and motorsport industries.

Research opportunities

Steven's main area of research is in the field of high-performance vehicle aerodynamics, with a particular focus on active aerodynamic solutions to enhance vehicle efficiency and performance.

Past research projects included:

- Design and evaluation of asymmetric active aerodynamic devices using coupled aerodynamics-dynamics simulations, demonstrating the potential of Active Aerodynamic Load Balancing (AALB) to enhance cornering performance for high-performance vehicles.

- Investigation of the impact of cornering conditions on the aerodynamics of a high-performance vehicle and the interaction with its rear wing, employing RANS CFD simulations and moving ground wind tunnel experiments.

- Analysis of the effects of yaw conditions on the aerodynamic characteristics of various high-performance vehicle configurations, utilising wind tunnel measurements of forces, surface pressure and wake total pressure, supported by URANS CFD simulations.

- Examination of the ride height dependency of a high-performance vehicle equipped with a multichannel diffuser, using high-fidelity DDES simulations.

- Development of a cost-effective numerical and experimental workflow for aerodynamic investigations on high-performance vehicles, utilising comparative analyses of various CFD models and wind tunnel correlation techniques.


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