Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

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Tamer Zaki received his MSc and PhD in Flow Physics and Computational Enginering at Stanford University, California. He was also a member of the Mathematical Modeling and Analysis group at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  In 2006, he joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Imperial College.  He is currently a member of the Thermo-Fluid group. His research interests include modelling and direct numerical simulations of transitional and turbulent flows such as bypass transition, separation, turbo-machinery aerodynamics, and multi-phase flows.


Stanford University, California

  • MSc in Mechanical Engineering, 2001
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, 2005
  • Flow Physics and Computational Engineering

ME2 Flow Gallery

Every year, students from ME2 Fluid Mechanics send me photographs of fluid flows, which I use during the course of the year for teaching the subject. Below is a link to the gallery. I have also included photos from other students and members of my group.

UROP Projects

  • The anatomy of turbulent spots
  • Lagrangian coherent structures in transitional flows
  • Droplet impact on super-hydrophobic surfaces
  • Surface textures and coatings for drag reduction in pipe flow

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Zaki TA, Saha S, 2009, On shear sheltering and the structure of vortical modes in single and two-fluid boundary layers, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:626, Pages:113-148

Hack MJP, Zaki TA, Hack MJP, et al., 2012, The continuous spectrum of time-harmonic shear layers, Physics of Fluids, Vol:24, ISSN:1070-6631, Pages:034101-034101

Vaughan NJ, Zaki TA, Vaughan NJ, et al., 2011, Stability of zero-pressure-gradient boundary layer distorted by unsteady Klebanoff streaks, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:681, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:116-153

Zaki TA, Wissink JG, Rodi W, et al., 2010, Direct numerical simulations of transition in a compressor cascade: the influence of free-stream turbulence, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:665, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:57-98

Zaki TA, Saha S, Zaki TA, et al., 2009, On shear sheltering and the structure of vortical modes in single- and two-fluid boundary layers, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:626, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:111-147

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