Phd Study

We are seeking talented, enthusiastic and motivated applicants wishing to undertake research work for a PhD in Fluid Mechanics.

We are seeking talented, enthusiastic and motivated applicants wishing to undertake research work for a PhD in Fluid Mechanics. Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates with strong interests in fundamental or applied fluid mechanics. Opportunities are available in both experimental and theoretical aspects of fluid mechanics. Applicants should have or expect to obtain a good honours degree (either first or upper class second) in Engineering, Mathematics or Physics.

The research interests of the group are varied. If you are interested in undertaking a PhD with us, we suggest that you have a look through our research pages as well as taking a look at the work carried out by our present and past researchers.

Current PhD Opportunities in the Fluid Mechanics group

Specific PhD opportunities are listed on the Departmental site: Opportunities: Jobs and PhD research

Speculative queries are welcomed at any time. 

Make an informal inquiry

To make an informal enquiry please email Miss Rebecca Naessens (r.naessens@imperial.ac.uk) with a recent CV, your research area(s) of interest and an indication as to whether or not you have funding (or are looking for a funded position). Please ensure that your CV includes:

  • the outcome/overall grade (or classification) you achieved for your Undergraduate and Masters level study and 
  • your nationality (which informs your fee level - Home/EU or Overseas). 

Your information will then be circulated to the academic staff in the section for review. You should hear back from us within three weeks. Enquiries may be made at any time of year.

For more information about the PhD programme, please visit the Department's postgraduate research pages. This page includes details of fees, what to put into an application, and how to apply. 

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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.
Fluid Mechanics Academics A-Z
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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.
Email Daniel
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.
Email Tom
 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.
Email Rakib
 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. 
Email Owen
 Erwan Kasiman

Erwan Kasiman

Started Feb 2013
Numerical modelling of breaking waves and wave-structure interactions
Supervised by: Swan, C.
Email Erwan
 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
Email Vishnu
 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.
Email Ivo
 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)
Email Birgit
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
Fluid Mechanics Research Students A-Z
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Fluid Mechanics Alumni 2010-2018

2018

NameTitle and supervisor
Alpresa Gutierrez, Paola Fluid dynamics of orbitally-shaken shallow fluid layers
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.; Sherwin, S.Weinberg, P. 
Ma, Li The effective modelling of wave-in-deck loads. [Read the abstract]
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First destination: Post-doc position in the Fluid Mechanics Section
Kaisman, Erwan Hafizi Numerical modelling of wave interactions with a vertical surface-piercing column. [Read the abstract]
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: 

2017

NameTitle and supervisor
Makri, Isavella Hydrodynamics of floating offshore wind turbines. [Read the abstract]
Supervised by: Christou, M.
First Destination: 
De Lutio, Livio Extreme waves in intermediate and shallow water depth [Read the abstract]
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: Senior Analyst, Data Science & Analytics at Criteo
Bruggemann, Mark Floating body hydrodynamics: A load driven approach. [Read the abstract]
Supervisor: Spinneken, J., Swan, C.
First Destination: Evergreen Innovations

2016

NameTitle and supervisor
Aknin, David Creating a shallow-water experimental wave environment. [Read the abstract]
Supervised by: Spinneken, J., Swan, C.
First Destination: Operations Assistant Manager on the ECO scheme at Ofgem
Craske, John Unsteady turbulent jets and plumes. [Read the abstract]
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.
First Destination: Academic position at Imperial College
Haley, Joe Fluid forcing in the crests of large ocean waves. ‌[Read the abstract]
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: Shell
Rodriguez, Marcos The nonlinear wave loading and dynamic response of a freely-floating two-dimensional box. [Read the abstract]
Supervisor: Spinneken, J., Swan, C.
First Destination: Offshore Structural Engineer, Ramboll (Offshore Wind)

2014

NameTitle and supervisor
Acred, Andy Natural ventilation in multi-storey buildings: a preliminary design approach. [Read the abstract][Read the abstract]
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.Hunt, G.R.
First Destination: Research Associate, University of Cambridge
Shrinivas, Ajay Balasubramanian Unconfined and confined turbulent plumes and jets in stratified environments. [Read the abstract]
Supervised by: Hunt, G.R., van Reeuwijk, M.
First Destination: 
Latheef, Mohamed Surface wave statistics in directionally spread seas. [Read the abstract]
Supervisor: Spinneken, J., Swan, C.
First Destination: 

2013

NameTitle and supervisor
Ely, Alice Numerical modelling of viscous and turbulent free-surface flows using smoothed particle hydrodynamics. [Read the abstract]
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: Scientist, Hydrodynamics & Metocean Group, HR Wallingford
Connick, Owen The fluid mechanics of hybrid ventilation. [Read the abstract]
Supervised by: Hunt, G.R.
First Destination: Technology Analyst at ClearViewIP
Burridge, Henry The behaviour of miscible Boussinesq fountains in uniform quiescent environments. [Read the abstract][Read the abstract]
Supervised by: Hunt, G.R.
First Destination: Post-doctoral researcher, University of Cambridge
Lynch, Paul
Aspects of the fluid mechanics of night-purging multi-storey atrium buildings. [Read the abstract]
Supervisor: Hunt, G.R.
First Destination: Engineer, ARUP

2012

NameTitle and supervisor
Peric, Milena Nonlinear wave interactions with multiple bodies in close proximity. [Read the abstract]
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: Civil and environmental engineer, ASMEC, Serbia

2011

NameTitle and supervisor
Ezzamel, Adam Free and confined buoyant flows. [Read the abstract]
Supervised by: Hunt, G.R.
First Destination: Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Senergy Energy Services
Myrtroeen, Joergen Negatively buoyant fluid projectiles. [Read the abstract]
Supervised by: Hunt, G.R.
First Destination: Trainee in SN Power
Roos, Jannicke Wave-structure interaction. The effective prediction of wave-in-deck loads. [Read the abstract]
Supervised by: Swan, C. 
First Destination: Management Consultant, McKinsey & Co.
Spentza, Eirini Nonlinear wave interactions with fixed and floating bodies leading to unexpected wave impacts. [Read the abstract]
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: Metocean engineer at GL Noble Denton
Archibald, Stuart Modelling of extreme ocean waves using high-performance computing. [Read the abstract]
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: Technical member of staff at OpenGamma

Fluid Mechanics 2000-2009

2009

NameTitle and supervisor
Economidou, Marina Transient buoyancy-driven flows in multi-storey buildings -- the fluid mechanics
Supervised by: Professor G. R. Hunt
First Destination: Senior Expert in Energy Efficiency at Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)
Spinneken, Johannes Wave generation and absorption using force-feedback control
Supervisor: Swan, C. 
First Destination: Lecturer, Imperial College London
Larice, Giuliana Classifying steady states in emptying-filling boxes
Supervisor: Professor G. R. Hunt 
First Destination: Management Consultant, PWC
Cooper, Jonathan The role of atria in the passive ventilation of multi-storey buildings
Supervisor: Professor G. R. Hunt 
First Destination: Civil Engineer, Transport for London
Radomski, Simon Ventilation driven by complex heat distributions
Supervised by: Professor G. R. Hunt.
First Destination: Anglican Church

2006

NameTitle and supervisor
Hague, Caroline Fully nonlinear computations of directional waves, including wave breaking
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: MSc in Web Intelligence at King's College London
Masterton, Stephen Nonlinear wave-structure interaction: scattering, forcing and dynamic response
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: Shell International Exploration & Production B.V.
Allgayer, David Air and heat movement by revolving doors 
Supervised by: Professor G. R. Hunt
First Destination: Structural Engineer, Expedition Engineering
Coffey, Chris The fluid mechanics of emptying boxes
Supervised by: Professor G. R. Hunt
First Destination: Ministry of Defence
Christou, Marios Fully nonlinear computations of waves and wave-structure interaction
Supervised by: Swan, C. 
First Destination: Shell International Exploration & Production B.V.
Syrios, Kostas Natural ventilation of buildings in urban canyons
Supervised by: Professor G. R. Hunt

2005

NameTitle and supervisor
Katsardi, Vasiliki (Vanessa) Surface water waves in intermediate and shallow water depths
Supervised by: Swan, C.
Tzivanaki, Kalliopi (Kelly) The measurement of surface water waves simultaneously in space and time  
Supervised by: Swan, C. 
First Destination: Researcher, National Technical University of Athens

2004

NameTitle and supervisor
Sheikh, Rizwan Wave scattering from a vertical, surface-piercing cylinder 
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: Shell International Exploration & Production B.V.,
Gibson, Richard Wave interactions and wave statistics in directional seas
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: British Petroleum (BP)

2002

NameTitle and supervisor
Fung, C F (Chak Fai)  The structure of air-flow over waves
Supervised by: Swan, C.

2000

NameTitle and supervisor
Bateman, Will  Numerical modelling of extreme 3-D waves
Supervised by: Swan, C.
James, Richard  Nonlinear wave-current interactions
Supervised by: Swan, C.
Chamberlain, Neil  Oil spills in a wave environment
Supervised by: Swan, C.

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NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEY

  • Overall Satisfaction, 84% (2018); 94% (2017); 96% (2016)

QS World Universities rankings

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  • Overall, Imperial was voted 8th best university in the world in this year's QS rankings.

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The Sunday Times University guide (UK)

  • Subject Ranking. Civil, Chemical and other Engineering = 1st (2017); 1st (2016).

The Times Higher Education world ranking

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Complete University Guide 2016

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Research assessments

  • REF-14. 47% of research assessed to be 4* (highest rating), 48% assessed to be 3* and 5% assessed as 2*.
  • RAE 2008. 40% of research assessed to be 4* (highest rating), 55% assessed to be 3* and 3% assessed as 2*.