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Comprised of academic staff and postgraduate researchers with expertise across the full range of fluid mechanics disciplines

The Fluid Mechanics section is comprised of 7 full-time academic staff members, with expertise across the full range of fluid mechanics disciplines. Academic staff are active in teaching, research and consultancy. Our student population comprises approximately 15 full-time PhD students who are based in our state-of-the-art Hydrodynamics laboratory. Our students have come from varied backgrounds, some direct from undergraduate studies and others after a period in industry, with first degrees in a range of disciplines including mathematics, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering, energy, and environmental engineering. 

Members of the Fluid Mechanics Section

Fluid Mechanics Academic and Teaching Staff A-Z

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 Henry Burridge

Henry Burridge

Lecturer in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, PhD
Transport of heat and mass by convection; Convection in the built environment; Effective ventilation of buildings; Modification of natural materials for use in buildings.
 Adrian Callaghan

Adrian Callaghan

Senior Lecturer, PhD
Director of MSc Engineering Fluid Mechanics for the Offshore, Coastal and Built Environments
Breaking waves; Surface water waves; Two-phase flows; Air-entrainment; Upper ocean turbulence. 
 Marios Christou

Marios Christou

Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics and Mathematics, PhD, DIC, MEng, ACGI
Metocean, Offshore and coastal engineering; Wave statistics; Freak/rogue waves; Analysis of field measurements; Wave-structure interaction; Wave-vessel interaction; Infragravity waves; Side-by-side and tandem offloading; Boundary Element Modelling.
 John Craske

John Craske 

Lecturer, Imperial College Research Fellow, PhD
Building physics; Buoyancy-driven turbulence; Jets and plumes; Numerical analysis; Inverse problems; Adjoint methods; Flow optimisation; Data assimilation.
 Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes

Chair in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, PhD
Head of Fluid Mechanics Section
Buoyancy-driven flows; Stratified turbulence and mixing; Convection; Turbulent plumes and jets; Flow energetics. 
Ioannis Karmpadakis

Ioannis Karmpadakis

Lecturer in Coastal Engineering, PhD
Coastal engineering, wave heights, crest heights, wave breaking, coastal structures, nonlinear waves, shallow water depths, statistics
Email Ioannis
Li Ma

Li Ma

Lecturer in Fluid-Structure Interaction, PhD, DIC, MEng, ACGI
Fluid-structure interaction; Renewable energy systems; Extreme waves; Load statistics; Reliability; Hydrodynamic impacts; Wave-in-deck; Convective flows
Email Li
Ali Mashayek

Ali Mashayek

Lecturer in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, NERC Research Fellow, PhD
Geophysical fluid dynamics, density stratified turbulence, ocean turbulence, ocean circulation, climate dynamics
Chris Swan 

Chris Swan

Professor of Hydrodynamics, PhD, CEng, MIMarEST
Surface water waves; Extreme ocean waves; Wave kinematics; Wave statistics; Wave-structure and wave-vessel interactions; Wave loading; Impact loading; Experimental and numerical modeling. 
 van Reeuwijk

Maarten van Reeuwijk 

Reader in Fluid Mechanics, BSc MSc PhD
Buoyancy driven flows; Atmospheric and oceanic turbulence; Sustainable cities; Flow and dispersion in urban canopies; Heat and mass transfer; Direct Numerical Simulation; Large-eddy simulation.
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Carolanne Vouriot

Carolanne Vouriot

Plumes in a stratified environment
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Fluid Mechanics Research Students A-Z

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Yusuf Almalki

Yusuf Almalki

Started Jan 2020
Coastal waves / Floating bodies
Supervised by: Swan, C.
Email Yusuf
Lois Baker

Lois Baker

Started Oct 2019
Transition to Turbulence in Flow over Rough Topography in the Southern Ocean
As part of the CDT in Mathematics of Planet Earth
Supervised by: Mashayek, A; Siegert, M., Taylor, J.
Email Lois
 Emma Bangun

Emma Bangun

Started Oct 2014 [submitted]
Damping of oscillating water columns
Supervised by: Swan, C.
Email Emma
Vasilis Bellos

Vasilis Bellos

Started Jan 2020
Wave propagation over complex coastal bathymetry
Supervised by: Karmpadakis, I.Swan, C.
Email Vasilis
Rui Cao

Rui Cao

Started Nov 2018
Air entrainment in wind-forced breaking water waves
Supervised by: Callaghan, ASwan, C.
Email Rui
Steven Huo

Steven (Huo) Cheong

Started Oct 2019
Development of a probabilistic wave loading model for offshore structural designs
Supervised by: Swan, C.Ma, L.
Email Steven
Constantin Craciunescu

Constantin Craciunescu

Started Oct 2016 [submitted]
Modelling realistic breaking waves
Supervised by: Christou, M.
Email Constantin
 Lei Dai

Lei Dai

Started Oct 2020
The effective modeling of hydrodynamic impacts
Supervised by: Ma, L.Swan, C.
Email Lei
Lizzie Ellison

Lizzie Ellison

Started Oct 2018 
Carbon dioxide sequestration through ocean fertilization and potential for harvest of calcium carbonate from marine organisms
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Mashayek, ACheeseman, C.R.
Email Lizzie
Daniel Fiuza Dosil

Daniel Fiuza Dosil

Started Jan 2017 [Submitted]
Low-energy building ventilation
Supervised by: Burridge, H.CHughes, G.
Email Daniel
Pu Gong

Pu Gong

Started May 2018
Air quality and energy considerations in building ventilation
Supervised by: Hughes, G.Burridge, H.C
Email Pu
Tom Higton

Tom Higton

Started Oct 2017
Better ventilation for buildings: from idealised models to real-world influences
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Burridge, H.CHughes, G.
Email Tom
Rakib Hossain

Md Rakib Hossain

Started Oct 2016
Uncovering the physics of thermal signatures in urban street canyons
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.; Craske, J.
Email Rakib
Jingzi Huang

Jingzi Huang

Started Oct 2019
Direct simulation of buoyancy driven flow
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk
Email Jingzi
 Cleo Jongedijk

Cleo Jongedijk

Started Dec 2017
Lagrangian tracking of plastic particles in coastal areas and evaluation of beaching
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.Alsina, J.
Email Cleo
 Younmo Lee

Younmo Lee

Started Apr 2017
Wave-structure and wave vessel interactions
Supervised by: Swan, C.
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 Johanna Mader

Johanna Mader

Started Oct 2016
Towards differentiation of confined buoyancy-driven turbulence
Supervised by: Craske, Jvan Reeuwijk, M.
Email Johanna
 Sam Owens

Sam Owens

Started Oct 2019
Towards real-time simulation of urban air quality and microclimate
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.
Email Sam
 Joe Peach

Joe Peach

Started Oct 2019
Measuring the space and time evolution of the geometric, kinematic and dynamic properties of oceanic breaking waves
Supervised by: Callaghan, ABenetazzo, A; Bidlot, J.
Email Joe
 Pepe Puchol-Salort

Pepe Puchol-Salort

Started Sep 2018
Infrastructure ecology framework for sustainable urban planning and water management
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Mijic, A.van Reeuwijk, M.
Email Pepe
Nick Reynard

Nick Reynard

Started Oct 2018
Carbon dioxide sequestration through iron fertilization and potential for harvest of calcium carbonate from marine organisms
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Mashayek, ACheeseman, C.R.
Email Nick
 Vishnu Satheesh Kumar Nair

Vishnu Satheesh Kumar Nair

Started Oct 2016 [submitted]
Cloud microphysics, turbulence and telemetry
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.
Funded by: Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network
Email Vishnu
Andrea Vivaldi

Andrea Vivaldi

Started Oct 2018
Ocean turbulence: from waves to the climate system
As part of the CDT in Fluid Dynamics across Scales
Supervised by: Mashayek, ABerloff, P. 
Email Andrea
 Eleni Zve

Eleni Zve

Design wave cases for marine wave energy devices
Supervised by: Swan, C.
Email Eleni
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Fluid mechanics Emeritus, Senior Research Investigators, Visitors and Honorary staff

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 Rod Sobey

Professor Rod Sobey

Emeritus Professor of Fluid Mechanics
Professor Sobey has continued his research and writing since his formal retirement in October 2009, focusing on short and long wave kinematics and evolution. This research has been recognised in two awards from the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK - the 2010 Telford Premium award for his paper 'Analytical Solutions for Steep Standing Waves', and the 2013 David Hislop Prize for his paper 'Steep Progressive Waves in Deep and Shallow Water'.
Emeritus and Senior Research Investigators
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Visiting and honorary staff

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Peter Tromans
Visiting Professor 
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Technical, laboratory and administration staff

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 Dave de Ruyter  

Dave de Ruyter 

Laboratory Technician, Fluid Mechanics
Room 101b, +44 (0)207 594 5925, Email Dave
Gary Austin

Gary Austin 

Laboratory Technician, Fluid Mechanics
Room 010a, +44 (0)207 594 5938, Email Gary
Darren Jupp

Darren Jupp 

Laboratory Technician, Fluid Mechanics
Room 010a, +44 (0)207 594 5957, Email Darren
 Rebecca Naessens

Rebecca Naessens

Research Group Administrator, Fluid Mechanics
Room 328, +44 ( 0)207 594 5990, Email Rebecca
Professional Services Staff
Finance, HR and Research Admin