The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research awarded a five-year $3.75M grant for a team at the University of Pittsburgh, including S. Levent Yilmaz of the Center for Simulation and Modeling (SaM), to develop quantum-computing algorithms to better model turbulent combustion in aerospace applications. Yilmaz, co-principal investigator on the project, will collaborate with Peyman Givi (principal investigator), the James T. MacLeod Professor at the Swanson School of Engineering, and Pitt Physics and Astronomy professors Andrew Daley and Jeremy Levy. The Pitt team is also leading a group involving researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the University of Vienna. The Pitt team’s research impetus is centered on the fact that despite its emergence more back in early 80s, quantum computing has not been used in aerospace applications; and that the non-deterministic nature of the classical equations for turbulence might provide an avenue for devising quantum computing algorithms to address the problem. The Center for Simulation and Modeling has been providing a very fertile interdisciplinary environment for researchers at Pitt, and has unequivocally been instrumental in bringing together such a diverse group,” says Yilmaz.
For more information and news on the project see www.qcfd.pitt.edu.