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 Josie Carberry

Fluid forces in blood flow affect cardiovascular function. One aspect is to generate controlled in-vitro flow environments that accurately mimic the complex blood flow conditions found the human body facilitating highly detailed measurements.

Josie Carberry
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.
Callum Atkinson
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 Blackburn
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).

Daniel Duke
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.

Kerry Hourigan
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.

Daniel Edgington-Mitchell
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.

Adrian Neild
A/Prof Tuck Ng

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

Tuck Ng
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.

Prabhakar Ranganathan
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.

 Murray Rudman
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.

Gregory Sheard
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.

Scott Wordley
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