Fluid mechanics

Research in this group consists of fundamental fluid mechanics, drag reduction and control.

This group has a long pedigree in experimental and computational fluid mechanics, with world leading expertise in a wide range of areas including:

  • Turbulent boundary layers
  • Flow control for skin friction reduction
  • Flow topology and coherent structures in turbulence
  • Vortex dynamics
  • Advanced measurement techniques
  • Computational fluid dynamics

Research interests

The diverse interests of the group are reflected by the wide range of ongoing research projects, which include studies of:

  • Active and passive flow control of turbulent boundary layers
  • Air-sea interactions
  • Arterial blood flow
  • Atmospheric turbulence
  • Bio-fouling and hydrodynamic roughness
  • Bubble dynamics
  • Data-driven turbulence model development
  • High Reynolds number turbulence
  • Sports aerodynamics for elite cyclists
  • Submarine hydrodynamics
  • Turbomachinery flows
  • Wall-modeling for LES


Walter Bassett Fluid Mechanics Research Laboratory

Michell Hydrodynamics Laboratory

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