Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Professor of Aerodynamics



+44 (0)20 7594 5080g.papadakis




331City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





The central objective of my research is the fundamental analysis and manipulation (control) of transitional or turbulent flows to achieve a desired objective. More specifically, my work focuses on turbulence enhancement (for example to improve mixing) as well as suppression (for example for drag reduction).  In my group, we are using both passive means (such as new blade designs), as well as active means obtained using pioneering optimisation algorithms. The work is computational in nature; we perform scale-resolving Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) and Large Eddy Simulations (LES) and all the algorithms are developed inhouse.  Please visit the group website for more details. 

Our work is funded by a range of sponsors such as EPSRC, European Union, Leverhulme Trust, Centre of Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics across scales and the President's Scholarship Fund. 


I graduated from the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering on the National Technical University of Athens in 1990 and received a PhD degree from the same university in 1996. I joined the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering of King's College London as a Lecturer in 1999, and moved to Imperial College, Dept. of Aeronautics, as Reader in July 2011.




Papadakis G, Rigopoulos S, Mikhaylov K, 2021, Reconstruction of large scale flow structures in a stirred tank from limited sensor data, Aiche Journal, Vol:67, ISSN:0001-1541, Pages:1-16

Tang HY, Rigopoulos S, Papadakis G, 2020, A methodology for coupling DNS and discretised population balance for modelling turbulent precipitation, International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, Vol:86, ISSN:0142-727X

Yao H, Alves Portela F, Papadakis G, 2020, Evolution of conditionally-averaged second order structure functions in a transitional boundary layer, Physical Review Fluids, Vol:5, ISSN:2469-990X

Papadakis G, Shawki K, 2020, Feedback control of chaotic systems using Multiple Shooting Shadowing andapplication to Kuramoto Sivashinsky equation, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Vol:476, ISSN:1364-5021, Pages:1-20

Alves Portela F, Papadakis G, Vassilicos C, 2020, The role of coherent structures and inhomogeneity in near-field inter-scaleturbulent energy transfers, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:896, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:A16-1-A16-24

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