Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Professor of Computational Fluid Mechanics



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359Roderic Hill BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Biography: Spencer Sherwin is the McLaren Racing/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London. He received his MSE and PhD from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Princeton University. Prior to this he received his BEng from the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London.

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Research: Professor Sherwin leads an active research group  focusing on the development and application of parallel spectral/hp element techniques for solving partial differential equations using Nektar++. These methods are being applied to direct numerical simulation and stability analysis to a range of applications including vortex flows of relevance to offshore engineering and vehicle aerodynamics and biomedical problems associated with arterial atherosclerosis and atrial arrhythmias.

Other Activities: Currently Professor Sherwin is an associate director of EPSRC/EADS funded Laminar Flow Control Centre  and Principal Investigator on the EPSRC funded Platform for Research In Simulation Methods. Professor Sherwin is also the academic lead to the Joint PhD programme with the University of São Paulo. 


Lombard J-EW, Moxey D, Sherwin SJ, et al., 2016, Implicit Large-Eddy Simulation of a Wingtip Vortex, Aiaa Journal, Vol:54, ISSN:0001-1452, Pages:506-518

Mengaldo G, De Grazia D, Vincent PE, et al., 2016, On the Connections Between Discontinuous Galerkin and Flux Reconstruction Schemes: Extension to Curvilinear Meshes, Journal of Scientific Computing, Vol:67, ISSN:0885-7474, Pages:1272-1292

Yakovlev S, Moxey D, Kirby RM, et al., 2016, To CG or to HDG: A Comparative Study in 3D, Journal of Scientific Computing, Vol:67, ISSN:0885-7474, Pages:192-220

Serson D, Meneghini JR, Sherwin SJ, 2016, Velocity-correction schemes for the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations in general coordinate systems, Journal of Computational Physics, Vol:316, ISSN:0021-9991, Pages:243-254

Xu H, Sherwin SJ, Halle P, et al., 2016, The behaviour of Tollmien-Schlichting waves undergoing small-scale localised distortions, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:792, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:499-525

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