Research focus

Researchers within the department study fluid behaviour at a huge range of scales from climatic to micro, for applications as diverse as understanding convection patterns, ejection out of nozzles and the aerodynamics of elite athletes.

Meet the researchers

Dr Callum Atkinson

Structure and control of turbulent flows; interaction of velocity and temperature fluctuations in convective heat transfer; development of optical measurement techniques for 3D fluid velocity and temperature measurements.


Prof Hugh Blackburn

The group investigates flow physics using high performance computational methods and supercomputers.  Previous work includes wind turbine wake instabilities, transient growth of disturbances to arterial flows, resonant collapse of rotating flows, vortex-wave interaction.

Hugh BlackburnComputational Mechanics Laboratory
Dr Daniel Duke

Daniel's current work is focused on the study of pharmaceutical spray devices. Broadly, the aims of this work are to understand what factors drive the efficiency of these devices and how this can be improved. Daniel is a former Fulbright Scholar (2011, Australia).

Prof Kerry Hourigan

Prof Hourigan’s experimental and CFD research focus at FLAIR is on fluid-structure interaction including bluff body flow-induced vibration and its control, wake transition to turbulence, vortex dynamics, and flight aerodynamics.

Dr Daniel Edgington-Mitchell

I use optical techniques to study compressible and multiphase fluid mechanics, including supersonic jet noise, rocket nozzles, scramjet fuel injection, and pharmaceutical sprays.

Prof Adrian Neild

Microfluidics and microsensors for applications in biomedical devices and instrumentation. Specializing in lab-on-a-chip systems, often using ultrasonic actuation, to control sample handling and delivery, cell sorting, fluid mixing and reactions.

 Laboratory for Microsystems
A/Prof Tuck Ng

Research interests: biochemical analysis techniques, particle-cell manipulation, instrumentation development.

Dr Prabhakar Ranganathan

We use modeling and computation to study complex behaviour that emerges from micromechanical interactions of soft materials such as polymer molecules, protein filaments or bilayer membranes, with a fluid environment.

Prof Murray Rudman

Professor Rudman is interested in the development and application of computational methods to problems in fluid mechanics (i.e. CFD). His specific application interests are in non-Newtonian flows, fluid chaos+mixing and free surface flows.

Computational Mechanics Laboratory
A/Prof Gregory Sheard

I specialise in the use of high-order numerical methods to investigate the fluid dynamics, heat transfer and stability of flows with geophysical and industrial applications, including rotating flows, magnetohydrodynamics and convection.

Sheard Lab
Dr Scott Wordley

My research interests include vehicle aerodynamics, racing, electric and autonomous vehicles, teaching and learning, teamwork and self and peer assessment, augmented and virtual reality.

Prof Mark Thompson

My research areas are, Biological Fluid Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Industrial Flows, Bluff Body Flows, Wakes, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Flow Instabilities, Flow Induced Vibration, Aeroacoustics and Aerodynamics. He is been Consulting and has had Previous industrial work with AMIRA, CRA, COMALCO and Ford Europe.

Mark Thompson


Prof Damon Honnery

Damon undertakes research on a wide range of topics including engines, spray systems, particle flows, pollutant formation, renewable energy and climate change mitigation. Diesel engine based pollutant formation and control is a major focus of his research and industry based work.

Damon Honnery


Prof Julio Soria

My current research interests include: attached and separated trubulent boundary layer flow, subsonic and supersonic jet flow, swirling flow, physics and the development of non-intrusive optical experimental measurement methods.

Julio Soria