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. 



Peiro J, Moxey D, Sherwin, et al., A p-adaptation method for compressible flow problems using a goal-based error indicator, Computers and Structures, ISSN:1879-2243

Xu H, Lombard J, Sherwin S, Influence of localised smooth steps on the instability of a boundary layer, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, ISSN:1469-7645


Xu H, Hall P, sherwin S, Effect of curvature modulation on Gortler vortices in boundary layers, 67th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics

Xu H, Mughal MS, Gowree ER, et al., Effect of a 3d indentation on boundary layer instability, ICAS 2016, 30th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, ICAS

Xu H, Mughal MS, Sherwin S, Effect of a 3D surface depression on boundary layer transition, 68th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics

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