Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Professor of Computational Fluid Mechanics



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313BCity and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Biography: Spencer Sherwin is Head of Aerodynamics and Professor of Computational Fluid Mechanics in the Department of Aeronautics and Director of Research Computing Service 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  specializing in the development and application of advanced parallel spectral/hp element methods (Nektar ) for flow around complex geometries with a particular emphasis on vortical and bluff body flows and biomedical modelling of the cardiovascular system. More recently, we have been closely  involved in industrial practice of these methods through partnerships with McLaren, Airbus and Rolls Royce. With the recently completed RAEng/McLaren Racing Fellowship, spectral/hp element methods were applied to problems of interest of Formula One aerodynamics that promoted the development of wall resolving large eddy simulation capabilities for highly unsteady and separated flows

Other Activities: Currently Professor Sherwin is  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. 



Alastruey J, Parker K, Peiro J, et al., Analysing the pattern of pulse waves in arterial networks: A time Domain Study, Journal of Engineering Mathematics, Vol:Submitted


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

Xu H, lombard J, sherwin S, Delaying natural transition of a boundary layer using smooth steps, Sixth International Symposium on Bifurcations and Instabilities in Fluid Dynamics

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