The department conducts a highly active research group in fluid flow that benefits from worldclass codes, developed inhouse, and computational facilities. For more information see our computational modelling group's research pages. If you are interested in one of the projects listed below please feel free to contact the associated staff.


PhD Studentship: Next-Generation Fracture Modelling 

Supervisors: Dr Adriana Paluszny

Contribute to understanding the effect of the small scale on the mechanical and flow properties of growing fractures. The objective of this project is to develop methods to computationally model the effect of multi-scale heterogeneities on rock fracturing processes. Specifically, the student will contribute to the development of an existing advanced simulator, written in C++, and develop methods for high- and low- level optimization of rock fracture growth numerical simulation methods, ranging from algorithmic re-design using isogeometric methods and machine learning strategies, to physical analysis of fracture interaction effects on permeability and growth. For further details and how to apply, please see the Info Sheet - Next-Generation Fracture Modelling

Applications from women and underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged. Closing date 30 June 2019.

Dynamic semi-structured meshes for fast numerical simulation of MultiPhase Modelling in Oil and Gas [Info Sheet - Semi Structured Meshes]

EPSRC CASE studentship sponsored by industrial partner BP PLC

Proposed Supervisors: Professor C. C. PainDr P. Salinas, Dr A. I. Obeysekara and Dr A. Nicolle (BP)

Modelling the physics of granular rock compaction for characterisation of flow in reservoirs [Info sheet]
JP LathamJiansheng Xiang and Martin Blunt

Modelling wind and wave-structure interaction of a floating wind turbine using immersed body adaptive mesh technology [Info sheet‌]

Jiansheng XiangJP Latham and Christopher Pain

Modelling the effect of air blast on laminated window glass [Info sheet]

Jiansheng Xiang and JP Latham 

Determining the magnetic signature of hydrocarbon-rich environments: A numerical approach [Info sheet]

Adrian Muxworthy and Prof. Wyn Williams (University of Edinburgh)

Fluid dynamics of magma reservoirs at mid-ocean ridges [Info Sheet]

Prof. Matthew Jackson and Dr C. Johan Lissenberg (School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University)

Modeling the global Pb cycle: from industrial emissions to the bottom of the ocean [Info Sheet‌]

 Yves Plancherel 

Formation and fate of low-salinity intermediate waters in the ocean [Info Sheet‌]

 Yves PlancherelCamille Lique (IFREMER)

 Global CO2 storage capacity: Modeling limitations of geography and injectivity [Info Sheet]

Sam Krevor


Adrian Muxworthy and Wyn Williams (University of Edinburgh)

 Semi-structured multigrid method for fast numerical simulation of porous media flow [Info sheet‌]

Locally discontinuous pressure formulation for highly heterogeneous reservoirs [Info sheet‌]

Dr. Pablo SalinasProf. Chris PainProf. Matthew Jackson

Fluid dynamics of magma reservoirs at mid-ocean ridges [Info sheet‌]

Matt Jackson

Understanding surface processes on Venus: in support ofthe EnVision mission [Info sheet

Philippa Mason, Richard GhailGareth Roberts

Water, magma and faults interaction at submarine hydrothermal systems [Info sheet]

iCASE studentship with BP: Closing the digital rock divide in petrophysics for CO2 storage and hydrocarbon production [Info sheet]

The Digital AI Geologist: Using Neural Networks to Extract Quantitativie Information from Core and Thin Section Images [Info sheet]

Dr Cédric M. John
Modelling modern carbonates (Bahamas, Great Barrier Reef) using numerical approaches [Info sheet]

Universal characteristics in foams and particulate media (Geophysics) [Info sheet‌]

Prof. Raphael (Rafi) Blumenfeld, Stephen Neethling

Understanding and minimising the potential environmental impacts of tidal range (lagoon) based renewable energy generation via advanced numerical modelling [Info sheet]

Matthew Piggott

Impact Processing of Planetary Crust [‌Info sheet‌]

Gareth Collins and Mark Wieczorek (IPGP)

Multiscale modeling of compaction of primitive solar system materials [Info sheet]
Gareth Collins, Tom Davison and Phil Bland (Curtin)

Decoding inner solar system bombardment from impact crater populations [Info sheetInfo Sheet‌]

Gareth Collins

Simulating submarine slide tsunami inundation of the Shetland Islands [Info sheet]

Gareth CollinsMatt Piggott, Sue Dawson (Dundee)

Optimisation of sensor locations for observation of air flows/pollutions [Info sheet]

Fangxin Fang, Christopher Pain

Rapid Response Modelling for Assessment of Pollution and Toxic Releases in Complex Urban Environments [Info sheet]

Fangxin Fang, Christopher Pain

New generation data assimilation and rapid response models for urban flooding [Info sheet]

Fangxin Fang, Christopher Pain

Modeling landscape evolution through space and time [Landscape_PhD_2016]

Gareth Roberts, Matthew Piggott, Gareth Collins, Alex Whittaker

Modelling the physics to understand blasting in fractured rock masses [Info sheet]

J-P Latham and Jiansheng Xiang 

Kink-bands across the scales – a structural geology enigma [Info sheet]

J-P Latham and Jiansheng Xiang 

Continental Uplift and Erosion From Drainage Patterns: Predicting Sedimentary Flux to Passive Margins [O_and_G_PhD2017b]

Gareth Roberts and Matt Piggott

Redundancy, retiming and data flow in compiling finite-difference applications for many core architectures [Info sheet]

Gerard Gorman, Paul Kelly and Fabio Luporini

Using evolutionary modelling to investigate Latitudinal Biodiversity Gradient [Info sheet]

Dr Mark Sutton, Dr Phillip Mannion

Simulation of geo-thermal wells with reduced order modelling and data assimilation [Info sheet]

Claire Heaney, Pablo Salinas, Christopher Pain and Matthew Jackson