Our group is engaged in a wide range of research work. This covers analytical, computational and experimental investigations of both fundamental and industrial problems of heat, mass and momentum transport. The group has cutting-edge expertise in a number of key areas of thermo-fluid mechanics where our contributions to the relevant areas of research have been internationally significant over the years.
The Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research group, which currently has its web pages hosted on the SWAN Centre site, became a part of the School, linked to Fluid Dynamics and Thermal Systems research, in 2013.
The above list provides a good mix of fundamental physical investigations and applied industrial research. The research group has an excellent computational and experimental infrastructure for supporting these research activities. The group also has experience in developing in-house CFD codes for fundamental physical investigations and using the common commercial packages for industrial applications.
Within the University our group has strong links with the Applied Mathematics Group in the School of Mathematics & Statistics, the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NiReS) and Sir Joseph Swan Institute of energy research. Further, there is active collaboration with nuclear, automotive, gas turbine and conventional power plant industries; e.g. EDF (France), British Energy, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Institute for Energy Technology (Norway), Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland), Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN, France), Rolls Royce Plc, Shell, Siemens Plc).
Academic links include research collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India); Clalmers University (Sweden); Imperial College (UK); Sandia National Laboratory (USA); Southampton University (UK); University of Cambridge (UK); University of Liverpool (UK); University of New South Wales (Australia) and University of Udine (Italy).
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Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in our research and teaching activities. The information related to the specific vacancies will be available here but we are keen to hear from prospective PhD students and Postodoctoral Research Associates. Please contact the academic staff member whose research interests closely match your interests/aspirations to discuss things further.