Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Head of the Department of Aeronautics



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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


David Moxey, University of Exeter

Hugh Blackburn, Monash University

Vassilois Theofilis, University of Liverpool

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

Research Student Supervision

Abdessemed,N, Stability analysis of the flow past a low-pressure turbine blade

Alastruey,J, Numerical modelling of pulse wave propagation in the cardiovascular system : development, validation and clinical applications

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 using BiGlobal and Parabolised Formulations

Buscariolo,FF, Spectral/hp large eddy simulation of vortex-dominated automotive flows around bluff bodies with diffuser and complex front wing geometries

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

Chang,E, Towards understanding the electrogram: theaoretical & experimental multiscale modelling of factors affecting action potential propagation in cardiac tissue

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

Darekar,R, Drag reduction on bluff bodies by the introduction of a wavy stagnation face

De Grazia,D, Three-dimensional discontinuous spectral/hp element methods for compressible flows

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, One-dimensional spectral/hp element simulation of wave propagation in human arterial networks

Giordana,S, Geometrical reconstruction from medical images, classification and modelling of arterial by-pass grafts

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

Jordi,B, Steady-state solvers for stability analysis of vortex dominated flows

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

Kazakidi,A, Computational 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 wall deformation

Lee,KED, Arterial bypass modelling

Lombard,J-E, A high-fidelity spectral/hp element LES study of Formula 1 front-wing and exposed wheel aerodynamics

Mao,X, Vortex instability and transient growth

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

Miliou,A, Three-dimensional wake dynamics of curved cylinders

Mohammied,Y, Multidirectional near-wall flow in arteries and its spatial correlation with atherosclerosis

Moura,R, On the use of spectral element methods for under-resolved simulations of transitional and turbulent flows

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

Serson,D, Numerical study of wings with wavy leading and trailing edges

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

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