Regius Chair of Engineering
School of Engineering
My research activities focus on multiscale fluids engineering systems: nano- and microfluidics, interfacial and other non-continuum flows, high-speed (rarefied) aerodynamics, and rapid granular/gas flows. Multiscale and multiphysics dynamics is characteristic of these areas of emerging technological importance, but affect the overall behaviour of the fluid flows in poorly-understood ways. This makes their simulation, design and control extremely difficult. The dynamics of the constituent fluid particles or molecules is key to understanding the overall flow behaviour. I am investigating new ways of modelling and simulating these flows from both molecular and hydrodynamic viewpoints. In particular, developing theoretical insight into the underlying non-continuum physics, and numerical simulation tools ranging from compressible fluid codes for extended hydrodynamic models through to highly-parallel molecular dynamics and DSMC codes. All of these numerical tools are released open-source in the OpenFOAM software.
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