Imperial College London

Dr Shahid Mughal

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Mathematics

Lecturer in Applied Mathematics



+44 (0)20 7594 2648s.mughal Website




734Huxley BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





My research Interests are in aspects of Hydrodynamic Stability Theory. Linear and Nonlinear Instability and Receptivity Modelling. Laminar-Turbulent Boundary Layer Transition and Flow Control Modelling.

  • Modelling Receptivity due to Natural Distributed Surface Roughness, Freestream Acoustic and Turbulence/Vortical induced Instabilities in Swept Wing Boundary-Layers.
  • Development of Physics Correct, Rapid Methods for Modelling Biglobal & Triglobal Disturbance Evolution in Three-Dimensional Boundary Layers. Advancing the Modelling of Instabilities arising in Properly Three-Dimensional Boundary-Layer Flows for Aerospace Applications.
  • Scientific Computing.

    PhD research:

  • If interested in postgraduate research to work on a topic based around the above themes, please do contact me via email. A variety of funding mechanisms are available and can be explored.
  • Funded studentship available on "Boundary Layer Instability Modelling for Complex Aerodynamic Flowfields" (click on link, posted: Nov.2020).

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Xu J, Liu J, Mughal MS, et al., 2020, Secondary instability of Mack mode disturbances in hypersonic boundary layers over micro-porous surface, Physics of Fluids, Vol:32, ISSN:1070-6631

Kang KL, Ashworth R, Mughal S, 2020, Stabilization of crossflow instability with plasma actuators: Linearized Navier–Stokes simulations, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part G - Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Vol:234, ISSN:0954-4100, Pages:68-78

Raposo H, Mughal M, Ashworth R, 2019, An adjoint compressible linearised Navier-Stokes approach to model generation of Tollmien-Schlichting waves by sound, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:877, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:105-129

Raposo H, Mughal MS, Ashworth R, 2018, Acoustic receptivity and transition modeling of Tollmien-Schlichting disturbances induced by distributed surface roughness, Physics of Fluids, Vol:30, ISSN:1070-6631

Xu H, Mughal SM, Gowree E, et al., 2017, Destabilisation and modification of Tollmien-Schlichting disturbances by athree dimensional surface indentation, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:819, ISSN:1469-7645, Pages:592-620

Thomas C, Mughal M, Ashworth R, 2017, Development of Tollmien-Schlichting disturbances in the presence of laminar separation bubbles on an unswept infinite wavy wing, Physical Review Fluids, Vol:2, ISSN:2469-990X

Thomas C, Mughal, Ashworth R, 2017, On predicting receptivity to surface roughness in a compressible infinite swept wing boundary layer, Physics of Fluids, Vol:29, ISSN:1089-7666

Thomas C, Mughal MS, Gipon M, et al., 2016, Stability of an infinite swept wing boundary layer with surface waviness, AIAA Journal, Vol:54, ISSN:1533-385X, Pages:3024-3038

Ashworth R, Mughal MS, 2015, Modeling Three Dimensional Effects on Cross Flow Instability from Leading Edge Dimples, Procedia Iutam, Vol:14, ISSN:2210-9838, Pages:201-210

Mughal MS, 1998, Active control of wave instabilities in three-dimensional compressible flows, Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics, Vol:12, ISSN:0935-4964, Pages:195-217


Appel T, Mughal MS, Ashworth R, 2019, Global stability analysis of a boundary layer with surface indentations, AIAA Aviation 2019 Forum, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Cooke EE, Mughal MS, Sherwin S, et al., 2019, Destabilisation of Stationary and Travelling Crossflow Disturbances Due to Steps over a Swept Wing, AIAA Aviation 2019 Forum, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Raposo H, Mughal MS, Ashworth R, 2018, Acoustic receptivity of compressible Tollmien-Schlichting waves with an efficient time-harmonic linearized Navier-Stokes method, 2018 Fluid Dynamics Conference, AIAA

Mughal SM, Ashworth R, Uncertainty Quantification Based Receptivity Modelling of Crossflow Instabilities Induced by Distributed Surface Roughness in Swept Wing Boundary Layers, 43rd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference

Mughal MS, Stability Analysis of Complex Wing Geometries: Parabolised Stability Equations in Generalised Non-Orthogonal Coordinates, 36th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit

Arthur M, Horton H, Mughal MS, 2009, Modeling of Natural Transition in Properly Three-Dimensional Flows, 39th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Mughal MS, Hussaini YM, Goodrick SL, et al., Role of buoyancy and heat release in fire modelling, propagation, and instability, The fire environment--innovations, management, and policy

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