Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Professor of Computational Fluid Mechanics



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313BCity and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Biography: Spencer Sherwin is Head of Aerodynamics and Professor of Computational Fluid Mechanics in the Department of Aeronautics and Director of Research Computing Service at Imperial College London. He received his MSE and PhD from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Princeton University. Prior to this he received his BEng from the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London.

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Research: Professor Sherwin leads an active research group  specializing in the development and application of parallel high order spectral/hp element methods (Nektar ) for flow around complex geometries with a particular emphasis on vortical and bluff body flows and biomedical modelling of the cardiovascular system. More recently, he has been closely  involved in industrial application of these methods through partnerships with McLaren Racing, Airbus and Rolls Royce. Recently he completed a RAEng/McLaren Racing Fellowship during which spectral/hp element methods were applied to problems of interest of Formula One aerodynamics that promoted the development of wall resolving large eddy simulation capabilities for highly unsteady and separated flows

Other Activities: Currently Professor Sherwin is  Principal Investigator on the EPSRC funded Platform for Research In Simulation Methods. Professor Sherwin is also the academic lead to the Joint PhD programme with the University of São Paulo. 



Xu H, Tu G, Sherwin SJ, 2022, Theoretical advances and applications of high-fidelity computation and modelling in fluid dynamics, Computers & Fluids, Vol:241, ISSN:0045-7930

Son O, Gao A, Gursul I, et al., 2022, Leading-edge vortex dynamics on plunging airfoils and wings, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:940, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:1-30

Pan Y, Yan Z-G, Peiro J, et al., 2022, Development of a balanced adaptive time-stepping strategy based on an implicit JFNK-DG compressible flow solver, Communications on Applied Mathematics and Computation, Vol:4, ISSN:2661-8893, Pages:728-757


Lindblad D, Sherwin S, Cantwell C, et al., 2022, Aeroacoustic Analysis of a Subsonic Jet using the Discontinuous Galerkin Method, 28th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics 2022 Conference, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Lyu G, Chen C, Du X, et al., Open-source Framework for Transonic Boundary Layer Natural Transition Analysis over Complex Geometries in Nektar++, AIAA Aviation 2022 Forum

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