Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Professor of Computational Fluid Mechanics



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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 parallel high order 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, he has been closely  involved in industrial application of these methods through partnerships with McLaren Racing, Airbus and Rolls Royce. Recently he completed a RAEng/McLaren Racing Fellowship during which 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. 



Basso R, Hwang Y, Assi G, et al., 2021, Instabilities and sensitivities in a flow over a rotationally flexible cylinder with a rigid splitter plate, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, ISSN:0022-1120

Cooke EE, Mughal MS, Sherwin S, et al., 2021, Destabilisation of stationary and travelling crossflow disturbances due to forward and backward facing steps over a swept wing, Iutam Laminar-turbulent Transition, Vol:38, Pages:713-723

Hossain MZ, Cantwell CD, Sherwin SJ, 2021, A spectral/hp element method for thermal convection, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, Vol:93, ISSN:0271-2091, Pages:2380-2395

Wang R, Wu F, Xu H, et al., 2021, Implicit large-eddy simulations of turbulent flow in a channel via spectral/hp element methods, Physics of Fluids, Vol:33, ISSN:1070-6631

Buscariolo FF, Assi GRS, Sherwin SJ, 2021, Computational study on an Ahmed Body equipped with simplified underbody diffuser, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Vol:209, ISSN:0167-6105

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