Fluid Mechanics

Fluid Mechanics at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering

The study of fluid mechanics imbues many domains of engineering, including hydropower, aerodynamics, sailing hydrodynamics, blood flow and vortex behaviour.From observing, analysing and simulating the behaviour of a single droplet impacting on a solid surface, to modelling the transition from laminar to turbulent flow around the wing of an aircraft, fluid mechanics permeates countless scenarios in the world of engineering.

At the Institute of Mechanical Engineering, among many other achievements, we have used micro-channels of liquids to cool 3D computer chips, perfected the hydrofoil systems of a record breaking sailing vessel, observed the behaviour of bubbles in zero gravity and developed a system to predict the thickness of chocolate coatings.

Key research themes


  • Laminar-Turbulent Transition in Pipe Flow
  • Spatio-Temporal Patterns and Strategies for Controlling Turbulence
  • Coherent Structures in Unsteady Flows
  • Droplet Mechanics
  • Two- and Three-dimensional Instability Analysis
  • Vortex Formation and Breakdown
  • Bio-fluid dynamics
  • Dynamic Stall
  • Particle Image Velocimetry
  • Microchannels for 3D Chip Cooling