Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Chair in Aerodynamics



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Sergei Chernyshenko is a Professor of Aerodynamics in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London. His long-term research aims at most challenging problems in fluid mechanics, and his short studies are of a wide scope involving practical applications. In particular, long-term undertakings include the central problem of turbulence, which he currently attacks using the latest advances in semi-algebraic geometry and polynomial optimization. Another long-term research area is the theory of organized structures, scale interaction, and drag reduction in turbulent flows. Prof.  Chernyshenko made a major contribution to the high-Reynolds number asymptotic theory of separated flows. Areas of short-term studies are exemplified by hydraulically-driven centrifuges, aerostatic platforms, rotating stall in axial compressors, and heat and mass transfer in supersonic separated flows. Sergei is passionate about passing on knowledge to those who seek it. He is the Director of MSc in Advanced Computational Methods. He developed and supports a Flow Illustrator web server aimed at a wide audience interested in fluid dynamics.

For detailed information on research please go to the "Research" tab above.

The following mini-CV is provided in order to help the colleagues who sometimes need to give an introduction before a talk but do not know enough.


Name: Sergei Ivanovich Chernyshenko

Research interests: fluid dynamics. Go to the dedicated research website for more. The link under "Contact" also leads there.

Education and degrees, all from  the  Mechanics and Mathematics  department of the Moscow State University: Diploma of Mechanic (5-year taught course) 1977, PhD (Kandidat Fiziko-Matematicheskikh Nauk) 1983,   DSc (Doktor Fiziko-Matematicheskikh Nauk, which is a Russian professorial-level degree) 1995.

Work: major previous: 1980-2000, Institute of Mechanics of the Moscow State University. Last position held: Leading Researcher. 2000-2007  School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton, Professor. Current, Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London, Professor.


Member of the National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Russian Federation, member of the Editorial Board of the Mekhanika Zhdikosti i Gaza (a fluid-dynamics journal published by the Russian Academy of Sciences). There are also grants, PhD students, publications and other things one would expect from an active researcher.

Born in S.-Petersburg, Russia. Married, have two sons. Hobbies: white-water kayaking reduced now to one trip per year to Karelia with friends and children, and in catamarans rather than in kayaks; downhill skiing; gardening, and, lately, tennis.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Zhang C, Chernyshenko SI, 2016, Quasisteady quasihomogeneous description of the scale interactions in near-wall turbulence, Physical Review Fluids, Vol:1, ISSN:2469-990X

Chernyshenko SI, Goulart P, Huang D, et al., 2014, Polynomial sum of squares in fluid dynamics: a review with a look ahead, Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions A. Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Vol:372, ISSN:1364-503X

Blesbois O, Chernyshenko SI, Touber E, et al., 2013, Pattern prediction by linear analysis of turbulent flow with drag reduction by wall oscillation, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:724, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:607-641

Chernyshenko SI, 1998, Asymptotic theory of global separation, Applied Mechanics Reviews, Vol:51, ISSN:0003-6900, Pages:523-536

Chernyshenko SI, Baig MF, 2005, The mechanism of streak formation in near-wall turbulence, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:544, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:99-131

Chernyshenko SI, Constantin P, Robinson JC, et al., 2007, A posteriori regularity of the three-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations from numerical computations, Journal of Mathematical Physics, Vol:48, ISSN:0022-2488

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