Fluid Dynamics and Thermal Systems

Turbulent stratified mixture combustionOur 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.

Research Expertise
  • Direct Numerical Simulations of turbulent reacting flows (e.g. turbulent premixed, non-premixed, partially-premixed and stratified flames, droplet-laden combustion)
  • Modelling of turbulent combustion in the context of Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) and Large Eddy Simulations (LES) using DNS data
  • Turbulent heat and mass transfer in solid-liquid phase change problems
  • Natural convection of complex non-Newtonian fluids
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling of single and multi-phase flows
Turbulent convection in molten weld pool Turbulent premixed flames
  • PDF models for disperse turbulent multiphase flows: closure methods, boundary-layer treatments, added-mass modelling, particle deposition and re-suspension, particle-fluid interactions, particle-pair models, agglomeration and fragmentation, Brownian motion
  • Turbulent multiphase flow applications: atmospheric aerosol transport, particle transport processes in nuclear reactor cooling circuits and containment systems, particle deposition on heat exchanger tube arrays, transport and deposition in the human respiratory tract, droplet and particulate transport in oil pipe-line systems
Aerosol clustering in turbulent structures Particle deposition in boundary layer
  • Quantum turbulence in superfluids
  • Particle Image Velocimetry and Laser Doppler Anemometry for particle flows
  • Trigeneration & Energy Storage
  • Renewable thermal energy system design
  • Alternative fuel use (Biofuel and Hydrogen)
  • Engine thermal overload prediction
  • Free piston engine technologies
  • Miller cycle application to reduce NOx emissions from petrol and diesel engines
  • Flameless oxidation to reduce NOx emissions from power plant/gas turbine
  • Free-piston engine technologies
  • Thermodynamic cycle analysis of power and process plants
Biofuels Engine performance and emission studies

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.

Industrial and Academic Links

Research in the MFTS groupWithin 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).

Prospective PhD Students

Click on the link "For prospective PhD students" (below and in the side bar menu) for details including a summary of the group’s activities/interests and possible research projects.

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.