Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Professor of Experimental Fluid Mechanics



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Professor Jonathan Morrison holds the chair of Experimental Fluid Mechanics in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College. He received his and PhD from the University of Durham and became a member of faculty at Imperial College in 1991. His recent work has focussed fundamentals of wall turbulence including coherent structures and their relation to changes in imposed length-scale, energy transfer and pressure fluctuations. Novel approaches to flow control involve Electro-Active Polymers (EAP) both as actuators (GR/S20994, PI), and as surface-pressure sensors (EP/C535847, PI), including ink-jet printing techniques (EP/F004435, PI). Travelling surface waves for drag reduction are being developed with support from Airbus, QinetiQ and EADS-IW. Novel algorithms have been formulated (EP/E017304, CI) for real-time feedback control using wall-based sensing and actuation. High-frequency pulsed jets are being used for the control of separated flows with support from Ferrari S.p.A., EPSRC (EP/I005684, PI) and Imperial Innovations. Recent work involves fundamental studies of the effects of large roughness on turbulent channel flow (EP/D037166, PI) and turbulent boundary layers (EP/I037938, PI) and instabilities as part of the LFC-UK Programme Grant (EP/ I037946, CI).  Previously, he has been Visiting Fellow at MAE, Princeton University.  In 2006, he chaired the Scientific Committee for the IUTAM Symposium, Flow Control and MEMS in 2006. He is currently a member of the Aircraft of the Future Specialist Advisory Group of the ATI.  He is Director of and chairs the Management Board of the National Wind Tunnel Facility,, funded by EPSRC and the ATI.  He led an exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition, 2014 "Smart Wing Design: Science Imitating Nature".

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Garland MGC, Santer MS, Morrison JF, 2019, Control of cellular separation using adaptive surfaces, Journal of Fluids and Structures, ISSN:0889-9746

Bird J, Santer M, Morrison J, 2018, Compliant kagome lattice structures for generating in-plane waveforms, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol:141, ISSN:0020-7683, Pages:86-101

Bird J, Santer M, Morrison JF, 2018, Experimental Control of Turbulent Boundary Layers with In-plane Travelling Waves, Flow Turbulence and Combustion, Vol:100, ISSN:1386-6184, Pages:1015-1035

Brackston RD, Wynn A, Morrison JF, 2018, Modelling and feedback control of vortex shedding for drag reduction of a turbulent bluff body wake, International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, Vol:71, ISSN:0142-727X, Pages:127-136

Vemuri SS, Bosworth R, Morrison JF, et al., 2018, Real-time feedback control of three-dimensional Tollmien-Schlichting waves using a dual-slot actuator geometry, Physical Review Fluids, Vol:3, ISSN:2469-990X

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