Fluid dynamics

Advancing our understanding of flow phenomena through mathematical, computational and experimental means.

Our research

The Fluid Dynamics Group within the Department of Engineering Science  is committed to advancing our understanding of flow phenomena through mathematical, computational and experimental means, and applying that knowledge in beneficial ways through close contact with industrial partners.

We conduct internationally-recognised research in a number of different areas, including:

  • Petroleum engineering
  • Geothermal fluid dynamics
  • Microfluidics
  • Acoustics and turbulence
  • Convection in porous media
  • Biofluid dynamics
  • Environmental fluid dynamics

CFD laboratory

The Complex Fluid Dynamics (CFD) laboratory, operated by the Departments of Engineering Science and Mechanical Engineering, is situated at the Newmarket Campus. Here, we use state-of-the-art high speed lasers and stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry along with Rheometry to investigate properties and behaviours of a wide variety of fluids, from the contents of a cow stomach to aerosols and foams.

Our people

PhD students

  • Pavel Sumets: Modelling post-capillary venules
  • Michael Gravatt: Modelling the collective behaviour of model microorganisms
  • Tet Chuan Lee: Developing constitutive laws for the endothelial glycocalyx layer
  • Tharanga Don: Mechanical modelling of lymphatic drainage from the interstitial space
  • Sybille van Hove: Modelling airflow in patients wearing respiratory therapies