Research

We are a world leading research group in the area of Civil Engineering Fluid Mechanics

The Fluid Mechanics Section is one of seven groups within the 5-star rated Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. It has seven academic staff members with a diverse range of research interests. These can be broadly split into two themes: 

Research Areas

Coastal, waves and renewable energy

* Categorisation of real sea states
* Extreme wave modeling: application to offshore and coastal engineering
* Mean flow circulation patterns in estuarine and coastal environment
* Fluid-structure interactions: involving both offshore and coastal structures
* Wave and current transformation processes in nearshore waters
* Experimental fluid mechanics
* Fluid loading and flow-induced vibration
* Renewable energy in the marine environment: resources and devices

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

* Computational fluid mechanics
* Airflows in buildings-natural and hybrid ventilation
* Fire and smoke movement in tunnels and buildings
* Local exhaust ventilation systems
* Sediment transport: beach erosion and accretion
* Surf zone dynamics
* Jets, plumes and buoyancy driven flow

An overview of current research activity can be obtained by reference to the academic staff and researchers lists below. 

Academic staff and on-going postgraduate research

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 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
Email Luan
 Yannis Karmpadakis

Yannis Karmpadakis

Statistical representation of wave heights and crest heights in intermediate and shallow water depths; the shape of the largest waves (freak waves); non-linear effects arising in random seas; wave breaking and wave-structure interactions.
Email Yannis
 Li ma

Li Ma

Research Associate
Extreme wave loads and Convection losses in concentrated solar thermal energy systems
Email Li
Fluid Mechanics Research Staff 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 (submitted, pending viva)
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
Lizzie Ellison

Lizzie Ellison

Started Oct 2018 
Carbon dioxide sequestration through ocean fertilization and potential for harvest of calcium carbonate from marine organisms
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Mashayek, A; Cheeseman, C.R.
Email Lizzie
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 (submitted, pending viva)
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
 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
Towards differentiation of confined buoyancy-driven turbulence
Supervised by: Craske, Jvan Reeuwijk, M.
Email Johanna
 Pepe Puchol-Salort

Pepe Puchol-Salort

Started Sep 2018
Infrastructure ecology framework for sustainable urban planning and water management
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Mijic, A.van Reeuwijk, M.
Email Pepe
 Enrique Padilla

Enrique Padilla

Started Oct 2014 (Submitted, awaiting viva)
Hydrodynamics in the inner surf and swash zone
Supervisor: Alsina, J., Swan, C.
Email Enrique
Nick Reynard

Nick Reynard

Started Oct 2018
Carbon dioxide sequestration through iron fertilization and potential for harvest of calcium carbonate from marine organisms
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Mashayek, A; Cheeseman, C.R.
Email Nick
 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 (Award pending)
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
Andrea Vivaldi

Andrea Vivaldi

Started Oct 2018
Ocean turbulence: from waves to the climate system
As part of the CDT in Fluid Dynamics across Scales
Supervised by: Mashayek, A; Berloff, P. 
Email Andrea
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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A good impression of our research interests and activities is also given by reviewing abstracts of completed Postgraduate research.

Completed PhD Research

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. 
Kaisman, Erwan Hafizi Numerical modelling of wave interactions with a vertical surface-piercing column. [Read the abstract]
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: 
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

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.

PhD Applicants

The Fluid Mechanics section welcomes PhD applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic students with a good first degree in a relevant discipline. Please see our Postgraduate research (PhD) page for more information.

Research Collaboration

Research collaboration with researchers from other universities and institutes is welcomed where complementary capabilities can be used to address current problems. For enquiries please contact Professor Chris Swan.

Consultancy

Many of our academics offer consultancy and expert witness services to Industry and Government, putting their expert knowledge into practice to address engineering problems all over the world. For more information please visit the Department's consultancy pages.