Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden
Weinblum Lecturer 1995/96
CFD in Ship Design – Prospects and Limitations
[The following short biography is taken from the invitation letter for the Weinblum Memorial Lecture held by Lars Larsson. Some slight modifications have been made when deemed necessary.]
Lars Larsson, born in 1945, graduated with a Master’s degree in shipbuilding in 1969 and, after two years as an assistant at the Chalmers University of Technology in Göteburg, he began his career in 1971 as a research engineer at the Swedish National Shipbuilding Research Institute SSPA.
His research interests have always focused on numerical hydrodynamics, also known as CFD (computational fluid dynamics). He received his PhD in fluid dynamics in 1979 on a study that included both extensive experimental investigations of the boundary layer of a ship model and a method for predicting the boundary layer of ships.
Since 1980, his research has been focused on the Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes equations, leading to a second generation of RANSE methods with e. g. a free surface. He has additionally calculated potential flows with a free surface using non-linear panel methods. He always aimed to provide practical applications a and hence founded, together with other scientists, FLOWTECH International, which studies the application of calculation programs in practice . He has also served as its chairman.
In addition to his research activities, he has taught at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and was appointed Professor of Marine Hydrodynamics in 1994.
Lars Larsson is internationally known and appreciated not only for his many publications on the most diverse aspects of the three-dimensional boundary layer, but also as an initiator, organiser and committed contributor to many workshops, conferences and symposia. In 1987, for example, he was appointed Professor of Fluid Mechanics at the University of Oslo, which he turned down, and worked as a guest researcher at the David Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center in Bethesda, US. He is also co-editor of the Journal of Ship Research in the US and the International Journal of Marine Science and Technology in Japan.
[–] Lars Larsson at Chalmers