Imperial College London

Dr Edward R Smith

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

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Dr Edward Smith is a research associate working on multi-scale modelling of fluid mechanics, in particular the coupling of simulations methods including continuum based computational fluid dynamics (CFD), molecular dynamics (MD) and granular mechanics discrete element method (DEM). Please see my personal website


My research is heavily based on software and I aim to promote best practice as a software sustainability institute (SSI) fellow ( Our open-source coupling software, freely available at:

CPL library links codes written in different languages together using MPI to facilitate easy-to-use, reliable and highly-scalable coupled simulation. We provide cross language bindings in Fortran, C, C and Python; detailed documentation including a quick start guide and numerous examples are available on the website. These examples focus on giving a clear introduction to the software with a number of graphical examples. The software is under version control at github; linked to Travis CI for continuous integration unit and integration testing utilising both pytest and google test frameworks.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Smith ER, 2015, A molecular dynamics simulation of the turbulent Couette minimal flow unit, Physics of Fluids, Vol:27, ISSN:1070-6631

Smith ER, Heyes DM, Dini D, et al., 2012, Control-volume representation of molecular dynamics, Physical Review E, Vol:85, ISSN:1539-3755, Pages:056705-056705

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