Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Professor of Computational Fluid Mechanics



+44 (0)20 7594 5052s.sherwin Website




313BCity and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Incompressible computational fluid mechanics

Bluff Body Fluid Mechanics

  • Separated flows past deformed
  • Fluid structure interactions of bridge deck
  • Dynamic fluid loading on deep water riser pipes
  • Instability analysis of wakes

Biomedical Flows

  • Geometric classification of peripheral bypass grafting
  • Flow dynamics of arterial bypass grafts
  • Flow forces of arterial branches and their association with arterial disease patterns
  • Modelling of hetrogeneous LDL accumulation due to concentration polarisation

Spectral/hp methods

  • Mesh generation for high order compact approximations
  • High order particle tracking
  • Efficiency of high and low order discretisations
  • Elliptic preconditioning of unstructured hybrid spectral/hp element methods
  • Ficitious domain methods for high order discretisations


Hugh Blackburn, CSIRO Manufacturing and Infrastructure Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Mike Kirby, School of Computing, University of Utah, USA

Vassilois Theofilis, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Research Student Supervision

Abdessemed,N, Biglobal stability of Low Pressure Turbines

Alastruey,J, Reduced Modelling of the human vascular system

Bolis,A, Fourier Spectral/hp Element Method: Investigation of Time-Stepping and Parallelisation Strategies

Broadhurst,M, Vortex stability and Breakdown: Direct numerical simulation and stability analysis

Carmo,B, On wake interference in the flow around two circular cylinders: direct stability analysis.

Cookson,A, Computational investigation of helical pipe geometries from a mixing perspective

Darekar,R, Bluff body vortex suppression

DeVecchi,A, Wake dynamics of flow past a curved circular cross-section body under cross-flow vibration

Eskilsson,C, Spectral/hp discontinuous Galerkin methods for computational hydraulics

Fogell,N, Fluid-structure interaction simulations of the inflated shape of ram-air parachutes

Franke,V, 1D Spectral/hp modelling of the human vascular system

Giordana,S, Automated reconstrucion and computational simulation of in-vivo arterial bypass grafts

Hoessler,J, Direct numerical simulations and stability analysis of vortex dominated flows around complex geometries

Jordi,B, Unstable steady-state solutions and stability analysis of vortex dominated flows

Karamanos,G, Large eddy simulation using spectral element methods on unstructured grids

Kazakidi,A, Studies of blood flow at arterial branches in relation to the localisation of atherosclerosis

Kendon,T, A coupled potential-rotational method for viscous flow about large floating boddies in waves

Koberg,H, Turbulence control for drag reduction with active deformation

Lee,KD, Arterial bypass modelling

Mao,X, Vortex instability and transient growth

Mengaldo,G, Discontinuous spectral/hp element methods: development, analysis and applications to compressible flows

Miliou,A, Wake dynamics of curved pipes

Peiffer,V, Study of the relation between blood flow and the age-dependent localisation of early atherosclerosis

Pitt,R, Numerical simulation of fluid mechanical phenomena in Idealised Physiological Geometries

Plata-Garcia,A, A Computational Study of Blood Flow and Vascular Nitric Oxide Transport

Raedelli,A, Arterial geometry reconstruction

Robertson,I, Free surface flow simulations using high order algorithms

Rocco,G, Advanced Instability Methods using Spectral/ hp Discretisations and their Applications to Complex Geometries

Vincent,P, A cellular scale study of low density lipoprotein concentration polarisation in arteries

Vos,P, From h to p efficiently: Optimising the implementation of spectral/hp element methods