Research

We are a world leading research group in the area of Civil Engineering Fluid Mechanics

The Fluid Mechanics Section is one of seven groups within the 5-star rated Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. It has seven academic staff members with a diverse range of research interests. These can be broadly split into two themes: 

Research Areas

Coastal, waves and renewable energy

* Categorisation of real sea states
* Extreme wave modeling: application to offshore and coastal engineering
* Mean flow circulation patterns in estuarine and coastal environment
* Fluid-structure interactions: involving both offshore and coastal structures
* Wave and current transformation processes in nearshore waters
* Experimental fluid mechanics
* Fluid loading and flow-induced vibration
* Renewable energy in the marine environment: resources and devices

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

* Computational fluid mechanics
* Airflows in buildings-natural and hybrid ventilation
* Fire and smoke movement in tunnels and buildings
* Local exhaust ventilation systems
* Sediment transport: beach erosion and accretion
* Surf zone dynamics
* Jets, plumes and buoyancy driven flow

An overview of current research activity can be obtained by reference to the academic staff and researchers lists below. 

Academic staff and on-going postgraduate research

Fluid Mechanics Academic and Teaching Staff A-Z

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 Jose Alsina

Jose Alsina

Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics, PhD
Sediment transport and morphodynamics, surf and swash zones dynamics, beach protection, field and laboratory morphodynamic experimentation, including scale laws and scaling effects in laboratory experimentation.
 Henry Burridge

Henry Burridge

Lecturer in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, PhD
Transport of heat and mass by convection; Convection in the built environment; Effective ventilation of buildings; Modification of natural materials for use in buildings.
 Marios Christou

Marios Christou

Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics and Mathematics, PhD, DIC, MEng, ACGI
Metocean, Offshore and Coastal Engineering; Wave statistics; Freak/rogue waves; Analysis of Field Measurements; Wave-structure interaction; Wave-vessel interaction; Infragravity waves; Side-by-side and tandem offloading; Boundary Element Modelling.
 John Craske

John Craske 

Research Fellow / Lecturer, PhD
Building physics; Buoyancy-driven turbulence; Jets and plumes; Numerical analysis; Inverse problems; Adjoint methods; Flow optimisation; Data assimilation.
 Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes

Chair in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, PhD
Buoyancy-driven flows; Stratified turbulence and mixing; Convection; Turbulent plumes and jets; Flow energetics. 
Chris Swan 

Chris Swan

Professor of Hydrodynamics, PhD, CEng, MIMarEST
Surface water waves; Extreme ocean waves; Wave kinematics; Wave statistics; Wave-structure and wave-vessel interactions; Wave loading; Impact loading; Experimental and numerical modeling. 
 van Reeuwijk

Maarten van Reeuwijk 

Senior Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics, BSc MSc PhD
Buoyancy driven flows; Atmospheric and oceanic turbulence; Sustainable cities; Flow and dispersion in urban canopies; Heat and mass transfer; Direct Numerical Simulation; Large-eddy simulation.
Fluid Mechanics Academics A-Z
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Fluid Mechanics Research Staff A-Z

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Fluid Mechanics Research Students A-Z

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 Liliane Auwerter

Liliane Autwerter

Started Oct 2014
Low energy water transmission in pipelines by hydrophobic coatings 
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.Cheeseman, C.Tempelton, M.
Email Liliane
 Emma Bangun

Emma Bangun

Started Oct 2014
Hydrodynamic analysis of floating oscillating water columns
Supervised by: Spinneken, J.
Email Emma
 Magnus Beyer

Magnus Beyer

Started Aug 2014
Non-linear wave-current interactions
Supervised by: Swan, C.Christou, M.
Email Magnus
 Mark Bruggemann

Mark Bruggemann

Started Oct 2012
Floating body hydrodynamics: a load driven approach
Supervised by: Spinneken, J.; Swan, C.
Email Mark
 Livio de Lutio

Livio deLutio

Started Oct 2010
The evolution of extreme waves in intermediate and shallow water depths
Supervised by: Swan, C.
Email Livio

Sonja Eichentopf

Sonja Eichentopf

Started Oct 2016
Influence of sea level rise, storm sequencing and beach recovery on sediment transport and beach resilience 
Supervised by: Alsina, J.
Email Sonja
Alex Gray 

Alex Gray

Started Oct 2014
Improving storm surge modelling
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Swan, C., Christou, M.
Email Alex
 Tom Grylls

Tom Grylls

Started Oct 2015
Large-eddy simulation of air quality and building energy efficiency in urban areas 
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.
Email Tom
 Demetris Hadjigeorgiou

Demetris Hadjigeorgiou

Started Oct 2014
Submarine pipelines: Fluid-structure interactions and fluid loading
Supervised by: Swan, C., Christou, M.
Email Demetris
 Owen Jordan

Owen Jordan

Started Oct 2015
Effect of buoyancy on turbulent entrainment in environmental flows
As part of the CDT in Fluid Dynamics across Scales
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M., Vassilicos, J.C. 
Email Owen
 Erwan Kasiman

Erwan Kasiman

Started Feb 2013
Numerical modelling of breaking waves and wave-structure interactions
Supervised by: Swan, C.
Email Erwan
 Yannis Karmpadakis

Yannis Karmpadakis

Started Oct 2014
Modelling shallow water waves
Supervised by: Christou, M.Swan, C.
Email Yannis
 Li ma

Li Ma

Started Oct 2012
Fluid-structure interaction and the prediction of extreme fluid loads
Supervised by: Swan, C.
Email Li
 Isavella Makri

Isavella Makri

Started Oct 2013
Hydrodynamics of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines
Supervised by: Christou, M.; Spinneken, J.
Email Isavella
 Enrique Padilla

Enrique Padilla

Started Oct 2014
Hydrodynamics in the inner surf and swash zone
Supervisor: Alsina, J.Swan, C.
Email Enrique
 Ivo Suter

Ivo Suter

Started Oct 2013
Simulating the impact of blue-green infrastructure on the local microclimate of urban areas
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.; Maksimovic, C.
Email Ivo
 Eleni Zve

Eleni Zve

Design wave cases for marine wave energy devices
Supervised by: Spinneken, J.,
Email Eleni
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A good impression of our research interests and activities is also given by reviewing abstracts of completed Postgraduate research.

Completed PhD Research

Fluid Mechanics 2010-2015

2016

NameTitle and supervisor
Aknin, David Creating a shallow water wave environment
Supervised by: Spinneken, J.Swan, C.
First Destination: Operations Assistant Manager on the ECO scheme at Ofgem
Haley, Joe Wave crest kinematics and extreme fluid loading
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: Shell
Rodriguez, Marcos The nonlinear wave-induced loading and dynamic response of a freely-floating rectangular box
Supervisor: Spinneken, J.Swan, C.
First Destination:  Offshore Structural Engineer, Ramboll (Offshore Wind)

2014

NameTitle and supervisor
Acred, Andy Buoyancy driven fluid flows in buildings
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.Hunt, G.R.
First Destination: Research Associate, University of Cambridge
Shrinivas, Ajay Balasubramanian Unconfined and confined turbulent plumes and jets in stratified environments
Supervised by: Hunt, G.R., van Reeuwijk, M.

2013

NameTitle and supervisor
Ely, Alice Numerical modelling of viscous and turbulent free-surface flows using SPH
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: Scientist, Hydrodynamics & Metocean Group, HR Wallingford
Connick, Owen The fluid mechanics of hybrid ventilation
Supervised by: Hunt, G.R.
First Destination: Technology Analyst at ClearViewIP
Burridge, Henry Buoyancy driven flows
Supervised by: Hunt, G.R.
First Destination: Post-doctoral researcher, University of Cambridge
Lynch, Paul Supervisor: Hunt, G.R.
First Destination: Engineer, ARUP

2012

NameTitle and supervisor
Peric, Milena Nonlinear wave interactions of multiple bodies in close proximity
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: Civil and environmental engineer, ASMEC, Serbia

2011

NameTitle and supervisor
Ezzamel, Adam Freely propagating and confined buoyant flows
Supervised by: Hunt, G.R.
First Destination: Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Senergy Energy Services
Myrtroeen, Joergen Negatively buoyant fluid projectiles
Supervised by: Hunt, G.R.
First Destination: Trainee in SN Power
Roos, Jannicke Wave-structure interaction: the effective prediction of wave-in-deck loads
Supervised by: Swan, C. 
First Destination: Management Consultant, McKinsey & Co.
Spentza, Eirini Nonlinear wave interactions with fixed and floating bodies
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: Metocean engineer at GL Noble Denton
Archibald, Stuart High performance computing for the numerical modeling of extreme ocean waves
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: Technical member of staff at OpenGamma

Fluid Mechanics 2000-2009

2009

NameTitle and supervisor
Economidou, Marina Transient buoyancy-driven flows in multi-storey buildings -- the fluid mechanics
Supervised by: Professor G. R. Hunt
First Destination: Senior Expert in Energy Efficiency at Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)
Spinneken, Johannes Wave generation and absorption using force-feedback control
Supervisor: Swan, C. 
First Destination: Lecturer, Imperial College London
Larice, Giuliana Classifying steady states in emptying-filling boxes
Supervisor: Professor G. R. Hunt 
First Destination: Management Consultant, PWC
Cooper, Jonathan The role of atria in the passive ventilation of multi-storey buildings
Supervisor: Professor G. R. Hunt 
First Destination: Civil Engineer, Transport for London
Radomski, Simon Ventilation driven by complex heat distributions
Supervised by: Professor G. R. Hunt.
First Destination: Anglican Church

2006

NameTitle and supervisor
Hague, Caroline Fully nonlinear computations of directional waves, including wave breaking
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: MSc in Web Intelligence at King's College London
Masterton, Stephen Nonlinear wave-structure interaction: scattering, forcing and dynamic response
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: Shell International Exploration & Production B.V.
Allgayer, David Air and heat movement by revolving doors 
Supervised by: Professor G. R. Hunt
First Destination: Structural Engineer, Expedition Engineering
Coffey, Chris The fluid mechanics of emptying boxes
Supervised by: Professor G. R. Hunt
First Destination: Ministry of Defence
Christou, Marios Fully nonlinear computations of waves and wave-structure interaction
Supervised by: Swan, C. 
First Destination: Shell International Exploration & Production B.V.
Syrios, Kostas Natural ventilation of buildings in urban canyons
Supervised by: Professor G. R. Hunt

2005

NameTitle and supervisor
Katsardi, Vasiliki (Vanessa) Surface water waves in intermediate and shallow water depths
Supervised by: Swan, C.
Tzivanaki, Kalliopi (Kelly) The measurement of surface water waves simultaneously in space and time  
Supervised by: Swan, C. 
First Destination: Researcher, National Technical University of Athens

2004

NameTitle and supervisor
Sheikh, Rizwan Wave scattering from a vertical, surface-piercing cylinder 
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: Shell International Exploration & Production B.V.,
Gibson, Richard Wave interactions and wave statistics in directional seas
Supervised by: Swan, C.
First Destination: British Petroleum (BP)

2002

NameTitle and supervisor
Fung, C F (Chak Fai)  The structure of air-flow over waves
Supervised by: Swan, C.

2000

NameTitle and supervisor
Bateman, Will  Numerical modelling of extreme 3-D waves
Supervised by: Swan, C.
James, Richard  Nonlinear wave-current interactions
Supervised by: Swan, C.
Chamberlain, Neil  Oil spills in a wave environment
Supervised by: Swan, C.

PhD Applicants

The Fluid Mechanics section welcomes PhD applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic students with a good first degree in a relevant discipline. Please see our Postgraduate research (PhD) page for more information.

Research Collaboration

Research collaboration with researchers from other universities and institutes is welcomed where complementary capabilities can be used to address current problems. For enquiries please contact Professor Chris Swan.

Consultancy

Many of our academics offer consultancy and expert witness services to Industry and Government, putting their expert knowledge into practice to address engineering problems all over the world. For more information please visit the Department's consultancy pages.