Imperial College London

Prof Chris Lawrence

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Visiting Professor



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Mrs Ann Sewell +44 (0)20 7594 5570




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Chief Scientist, Institute for Energy Technology, Kjeller, Norway


Date Role
2008- Visiting Professor
2006- Forskningssjef (Chief Scientist), Institutt for Energiteknikk, Kjeller, Norway
2006-2008 Part-time Professor of Fluid Mechanics
2005-2006 Sabbatical leave at Institutt for Energiteknikk, Norway: 1 2 3 4 5 [Picture Credits Pål Solheim, Peter Andersson]
2003-2006 Schlumberger – Royal Academy of Engineering Research Professor of Oilfield Process Engineering
2002-2006 Professor of Fluid Mechanics
1994-2002 Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Chemical Engineering Department, Imperial College London
1986-1994 Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois
1986 Research Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering, and Fellow, Mathematics Research Centre, University of Wisconsin
1983-1986 PhD in Mechanical Engineering, City University of New York, Thesis title: Inertial interactions of particles and boundaries in viscous flows
1982-1983 Certificate of Advanced Study in Applied Mathematics, Cambridge University
1978-1982 BA Mathematics, Cambridge University

research interests

Oilfield process engineering. Mathematical modelling with applications in the mechanics of fluids, solids, multiphase materials and interfaces.

  • Multiphase flows: slug flow, stratified flow, annular flow.
  • Multiphase technology: separations, visualisation, densitometry, tomography.
  • Flow assurance, sand transport, hydrates, waxes, heavy crudes, asphaltenes, thermal issues
  • Rheology and microstructure of complex liquids: suspensions, emulsions and gels.
  • Slip and wall effects in the flow of complex materials.
  • Surface tension, free surface dynamics, waves and interfacial mechanics.

PhD, post doc and internship positions

I no longer work actively at Imperial, and do not supervise PhD students, Post-Docs or summer internships. Please contact one of my colleagues if you are interested in such a position. Most are advertised on


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Hu B, Stewart C, Hale CP, et al., 2005, Development of an X-ray computed tomography (CT) system with sparse sources: application to three-phase pipe flow visualization, Experiments in Fluids, Vol:39, ISSN:0723-4864, Pages:667-678

Basterfield RA, Lawrence CJ, Adams MJ, 2005, On the interpretation of orifice extrusion data for viscoplastic materials, Chemical Engineering Science, Vol:60, ISSN:0009-2509, Pages:2599-2607

Matar OK, Lawrence CJ, Sisoev GM, 2005, The flow of thin liquid films over spinning disks: Hydrodynamics and mass transfer, Physics of Fluids, Vol:17, ISSN:1070-6631

Flichy NMB, Lawrence CJ, Kazarian SG, 2003, Rheology of poly(propylene glycol) and suspensions of fumed silica in poly(propylene glycol) under high-pressure CO2, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Vol:42, ISSN:0888-5885, Pages:6310-6319

Sisoev GM, Matar OK, Lawrence CJ, 2003, Axisymmetric wave regimes in viscous liquid film flow over a spinning disk, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:495, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:385-411

Ng TS, Lawrence CJ, Hewitt GF, 2002, Laminar stratified pipe flow, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, Vol:28, ISSN:0301-9322, Pages:963-996

Kok PJAH, Kazarian SG, Lawrence CJ, et al., 2002, Near-wall particle depletion in a flowing colloidal suspension, Journal of Rheology, Vol:46, ISSN:0148-6055, Pages:481-493

Urso MED, Lawrence CJ, Adams MJ, 2002, A two-dimensional study of the rupture of funicular liquid bridges, Chemical Engineering Science, Vol:57, ISSN:0009-2509, Pages:677-692

Badie S, Lawrence CJ, Hewitt GF, 2001, Axial viewing studies of horizontal gas-liquid flows with low liquid loading, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, Vol:27, ISSN:0301-9322, Pages:1259-1269

Urso MED, Lawrence CJ, Adams MJ, 1999, Pendular, funicular, and capillary bridges: Results for two dimensions, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol:220, ISSN:0021-9797, Pages:42-56

Mei RW, Lawrence CJ, 1996, The flow field due to a body in impulsive motion, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:325, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:79-111

LAWRENCE CJ, MEI RW, 1995, LONG-TIME BEHAVIOR OF THE DRAG ON A BODY IN IMPULSIVE MOTION, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:283, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:307-327


Hale, C.P., Hewitt, G.F., King, M.J.S., et al., 2001, Slugs, waves and the law of the jungle, 10th international conference on multiphase, Cannes, France, BHR Group, Cranfield, Pages:25-48

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