Imperial College London

Dr Enrique M. Padilla

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Associate







Hydrodynamics lab, 004BSkempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Enrique is a Research Associate in the Fluid Mechanics section in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. Enrique is Doctor in Fluid Mechanics from the Imperial College London (UK), MEng in Civil Engineering (In Spain, known as Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos) and MSc in Environmental Hydraulics (University of Granada, Spain). Enrique’s PhD research comprised an experimental investigation of infragravity waves in nearshore areas of mild slope. His PhD Thesis was supervised by Dr Jose M. Alsina and Prof. Chris Swan. Enrique’s most relevant research contributions are Padilla and Alsina (2020, 2018, 2017), and Alsina et al. (2016), although he has also previously worked in the area of estuarine dynamics (Padilla et al., 2016), in collaboration with the Environmental Fluid Dynamics Group (University of Granada).

Enrique's research interests mainly focus on Coastal and Offshore Engineering. In particular, he has a solid background in coastal hydrodynamics, where the relative importance of infragravity waves increases due to the progressive energy dissipation of the incident primary waves. In mild slopes, this has relevant consequences in sediment transport, and therefore, in general beach morphology. Currently, Enrique works in the project: Quantifying oceanic whitecap energy dissipation and bubble-mediate air-sea fluxes. This project is funded by the NERC Standard Research Grant, and Dr Adrian Callaghan is the Principal Investigator.  

Selected Publications

PhD Thesis:

Padilla, E. M. (2018). Wave-group propagation and hydrodynamics in the inner surf and swash zones (Doctoral dissertation, Imperial College London). DOI:

Journal Articles:

Padilla, E. M. and J. M. Alsina (2020), A General Framework for Wave Generation in the Frequency Domain, Coastal Engineering, 103686. DOI:

Padilla, E. M. and J. M. Alsina (2018), Long Wave Generation Induced by Differences in the Wave-Group Structure, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123 (12), 8921-8940. DOI:

Padilla, E. M. and J. M. Alsina (2017), Transfer and dissipation of energy during wave group propagation on a gentle beach slope, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122 (8), 6773–6794. DOI:

Alsina, J. M., Padilla, E. M. and Caceres, I (2016), Sediment transport and beach profile evolution induced by bi-chromatic wave groups with different group periods, Coastal Engineering, 114, 325-340. DOI:

Padilla, E. M., Díez-Minguito, M., Ortega-Sánchez, M., & Losada, M. A. (2016). A Subtidal Model of Temperature for a Well-Mixed Narrow Estuary: the Guadalquivir River Estuary (SW Spain). Estuaries and Coasts, 1-16. DOI: