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Comprised of academic staff and postgraduate researchers with expertise across the full range of fluid mechanics disciplines

The Fluid Mechanics section is comprised of 7 full-time academic staff members, with expertise across the full range of fluid mechanics disciplines. Academic staff are active in teaching, research and consultancy. Our student population comprises approximately 15 full-time PhD students who are based in our state-of-the-art Hydrodynamics laboratory. Our students have come from varied backgrounds, some direct from undergraduate studies and others after a period in industry, with first degrees in a range of disciplines including mathematics, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering, energy, and environmental engineering. 

Members of the Fluid Mechanics Section

Fluid Mechanics Academic and Teaching Staff A-Z

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 Henry Burridge

Henry Burridge

Lecturer in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, PhD
Transport of heat and mass by convection; Convection in the built environment; Effective ventilation of buildings; Modification of natural materials for use in buildings.
 Adrian Callaghan

Adrian Callaghan

Senior Lecturer, PhD
Breaking waves; Surface water waves; Two-phase flows; Air-entrainment; Upper ocean turbulence. 
 Marios Christou

Marios Christou

Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics and Mathematics, PhD, DIC, MEng, ACGI
Director of MSc Engineering Fluid Mechanics for the Offshore, Coastal and Built Environments
Metocean, Offshore and Coastal Engineering; Wave statistics; Freak/rogue waves; Analysis of Field Measurements; Wave-structure interaction; Wave-vessel interaction; Infragravity waves; Side-by-side and tandem offloading; Boundary Element Modelling.
 John Craske

John Craske 

Lecturer, Imperial College Research Fellow, PhD
Building physics; Buoyancy-driven turbulence; Jets and plumes; Numerical analysis; Inverse problems; Adjoint methods; Flow optimisation; Data assimilation.
 Francesc Fàbregas Flavià

Francesc Fàbregas Flavià

Lecturer in Energy Systems, PhD
Marine renewables; Hydrodynamics; Fluid-structure interaction; Multiple-scattering techniques.
 Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes

Chair in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, PhD
Buoyancy-driven flows; Stratified turbulence and mixing; Convection; Turbulent plumes and jets; Flow energetics. 
 Ali Mashayek

Ali Mashayek

Lecturer in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, PhD
Geophysical fluid dynamics, density stratified turbulence, ocean turbulence, ocean circulation, climate dynamics
Chris Swan 

Chris Swan

Professor of Hydrodynamics, PhD, CEng, MIMarEST
Head of Fluid Mechanics Section
Surface water waves; Extreme ocean waves; Wave kinematics; Wave statistics; Wave-structure and wave-vessel interactions; Wave loading; Impact loading; Experimental and numerical modeling. 
 van Reeuwijk

Maarten van Reeuwijk 

Reader in Fluid Mechanics, BSc MSc PhD
Buoyancy driven flows; Atmospheric and oceanic turbulence; Sustainable cities; Flow and dispersion in urban canopies; Heat and mass transfer; Direct Numerical Simulation; Large-eddy simulation.
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Fluid Mechanics Research Staff A-Z

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Luan Ho

Luan Ho

Research Associate
Confinement, boundaries and buoyancy in the mixing by fluid flows: towards an understanding of indoor air quality
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 Li ma

Li Ma

Research Associate
Extreme wave loads and Convection losses in concentrated solar thermal energy systems
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Fluid Mechanics Research Students A-Z

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 Liliane Auwerter

Liliane Auwerter

Started Oct 2014
Low friction surfaces for water transmission
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.Cheeseman, C.Tempelton, M.
Email Liliane
 Emma Bangun

Emma Bangun

Started Oct 2014
Damping of oscillating water columns
Supervised by: Swan, C.
Email Emma
 Magnus Beyer

Magnus Beyer

Started Aug 2014
Nonlinear wave-current interactions
Supervised by: Swan, C.Christou, M.
Email Magnus
Constantin Craciunescu

Constantin Craciunescu

Started Oct 2016
Modelling realistic breaking waves
Supervised by: Christou, M.
Email Constantin
 Emily Dieu

Emily Dieu

Started Feb 2016
Mixing and transport in turbulent density currents on a slope
Supervised by: Hughes, G.
Email Emily

Sonja Eichentopf

Sonja Eichentopf

Started Oct 2016
Influence of sea level rise, storm sequencing and beach recovery on sediment transport and beach resilience 
Supervised by: Christou, M.; Alsina, J.
Email Sonja
Daniel Fiuza Dosil

Daniel Fiuza Dosil

Started Jan 2017
Low-energy building ventilation
Supervised by: Burridge, H.CHughes, G.
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Pu Gong

Pu Gong

Started May 2018
Air quality and energy considerations in building ventilation
Supervised by: Hughes, G.Burridge, H.C
Email Pu
Alex Gray 

Alex Gray

Started Oct 2014
Extreme wave modelling under significant wind stress 
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Swan, C., Christou, M.
Email Alex
 Tom Grylls

Tom Grylls

Started Oct 2015
Large-eddy simulation of air quality and building energy efficiency in urban areas 
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.
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 Demetris Hadjigeorgiou

Demetris Hadjigeorgiou

Started Oct 2014
Resonant interactions in realistic sea states
Supervised by: Swan, C.Christou, M.
Email Demetris
Tom Higton

Tom Higton

Started Oct 2017
Better ventilation for buildings: from idealised models to real-world influences
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Burridge, H.CHughes, G.
Email Tom
Rakib Hossain

Md Rakib Hossain

Started Oct 2016
Uncovering the physics of thermal signatures in urban street canyons
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.; Craske, J.
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 Cleo Jongedijk

Cleo Jongedijk

Started Dec 2017
Lagrangian tracking of plastic particles in coastal areas and evaluation of beaching
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.Alsina, J.
Email Cleo
 Owen Jordan

Owen Jordan

Started Oct 2015
Effect of buoyancy on turbulent entrainment in environmental flows
As part of the CDT in Fluid Dynamics across Scales
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M., Vassilicos, J.C. 
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 Erwan Kasiman

Erwan Kasiman

Started Feb 2013
Numerical modelling of breaking waves and wave-structure interactions
Supervised by: Swan, C.
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 Yannis Karmpadakis

Yannis Karmpadakis

Started Oct 2014
Modelling shallow water waves
Supervised by: Christou, M.Swan, C.
Email Yannis
 Younmo Lee

Younmo Lee

Started Apr 2017
Wave-structure and wave vessel interactions
Supervised by: Swan, C.
Email Younmo
 Johanna Mader

Johanna Mader

Started Oct 2016
Inverse analysis of turbulent mixing in architectural fluid mechanics
Supervised by: Craske, Jvan Reeuwijk, M.
Email Johanna
 Enrique Padilla

Enrique Padilla

Started Oct 2014
Hydrodynamics in the inner surf and swash zone
Supervisor: Alsina, J., Swan, C.
Email Enrique
 Vishnu Satheesh Kumar Nair

Vishnu Satheesh Kumar Nair

Started Oct 2016
Cloud microphysics, turbulence and telemetry
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.
Funded by: Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network
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 Ivo Suter

Ivo Suter

Started Oct 2013
Simulating the impact of blue-green infrastructure on the local microclimate of urban areas
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.; Maksimovic, C.
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 Birgit Sutzl

Birgit Sutzl

Started Oct 2017
Quantifying heterogeneity and microclimates in urban developments
As part of the CDT in Mathematics of Planet Earth
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.; Cotter, C.; Rooney, G (Met Office)
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Carolanne Vouriot

Carolanne Vouriot

Started Oct 2017
Plumes in a stratified environment
As part of the CDT in Fluid Dynamics across Scales
Supervised by: Burridge, H.CPain, C.
Email Carolanne
 Eleni Zve

Eleni Zve

Design wave cases for marine wave energy devices
Supervised by: Swan, C.
Email Eleni
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Fluid mechanics Emeritus, Senior Research Investigators, Visitors and Honorary staff

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 Rod Sobey

Professor Rod Sobey

Emeritus Professor of Fluid Mechanics
Professor Sobey has continued his research and writing since his formal retirement in October 2009, focusing on short and long wave kinematics and evolution. This research has been recognised in two awards from the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK - the 2010 Telford Premium award for his paper 'Analytical Solutions for Steep Standing Waves', and the 2013 David Hislop Prize for his paper 'Steep Progressive Waves in Deep and Shallow Water'.
Emeritus and Senior Research Investigators
Emeritus and Senior Research Investigators

Visiting and honorary staff

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Peter Tromans
Visiting Professor 
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Technical, laboratory and administration staff

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 Dave de Ruyter  

Dave de Ruyter 

Laboratory Technician, Fluid Mechanics
Room 101b, +44 (0)207 594 5925, Email Dave
Nicholas Snead

Nicholas Snead 

Laboratory Technician, Fluid Mechanics
Room 010a, +44 (0)207 594 5938, Email Nicholas
 Rebecca Naessens

Rebecca Naessens

Research Group Administrator, Fluid Mechanics
Room 328, +44 ( 0)207 594 5990, Email Rebecca
Professional Services Staff
Finance, HR and Research Admin