Engineering Applications of Fluid Mechanics

Engineering Applications of Fluid Mechanics

About the Group

Our group, led by Dr. Ran Holtzman, specialises in engineering applications of complex systems driven by fluid flow.

We combine experiments, theory and numerical simulations, to gain fundamental understanding and establish quantitative models of various phenomena in which fluid dynamics is key, including mass and heat transfer, reactive transport, flow in porous media, turbulent flows, aerodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, combustion, and biomechanics.

We are involved in a wide range of industrial and natural processes across scales, from microfabrication and CFD simulations, 3-D printing, microfluidics and filters, to water resources, geohazards, enhanced hydrocarbon recovery, carbon geosequestration and renewable energy systems.

Meet the Team

Ran Holtzman (Group Leader)

Fundamental understanding and predictive modeling of the physics underlying engineering/ earth science applications. Topics include flow in porous media; multiphase flow; reactive transport; fluid-solid interactions; pore-scale; nonequilibrium and flows instabilities; granular media.

Jonathan Carter

Uncertainty and risk quantification, decision making subject to uncertainty, inverse problems and optimisation across all areas of science and engineering, with a particular interest in geological and subsurface applications.

Yuancheng (Alex) Liang

Aluminium Casting, Cooling and heat exchange, Numerical analysis.

Essam Abdelfatah

Liquid atomisation and injectors design; Mass and Heat transfer; Wind and Hydro Power turbines.

Svetlana Aleksandrova

Computational and experimental fluid dynamics, Magnetohydrodynamics.

James Jewkes

CFD (RANS, LES and DNS), turbulent flows (boundary layers and jets), automotive aerodynamics, shape-optimisation (kriging and adjoint methods), heat transfer, and biomechanics (computational haemodynamics).

Jonathan Nixon

Energy systems modelling and optimisation; wind, solar and bio- energy engineering, and multi-criteria and multi-objective decision making.

Seyed Shariatipour

Experimental studies and numerical modelling of fluid flow in porous media; in particular, CO2 storage in geological formations and CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2-EOR).

Cuicui Li

Anh Tran

Masoud Ahmadinia

Research student

Mohammadreza Bagheri

Research student

Alisson Vinicius Brito Lopes

Research student

Raguram Nagarajan

Research student

Michael Onoja

Research student

Azadeh Pourmalek

Research student

Mahdi Sadri

Research student

Tongyan Zeng

Research student

Mohsen Abbaszadeh

Research student


Special Interest Group in Particulate Matter Filtration Flows in Automotive and Marine Applications

The group's focus is particulate matter filtration flows, in aftertreatment and other systems. With rapidly tightening emissions regulations for land and sea transport, this research area urgently needs a boost, which will be facilitated by bringing together industry and academia, as well as traditionally separated marine and automotive research communities.

The group's activities involve, but are not limited to:

  • organising 2 meetings a year
  • development of resources for UK Fluids Network and wider community (knowledge base, guides to PM regulations, resources on modelling filtration flows, UK research facility and capacity database, instructional videos, tutorials)
  • creating a collaboration networks and engaging both academic and industry in particulate matter flow research
  • defining targets and building consortia for funding bids

Read more information about the Particulate Matter Filtration Flows in Automotive and Marine Applications project.

Petroleum Reservoir Engineering Simulation Models

The testing and comparison of petroleum reservoir engineering modelling techniques requires the continued existence of standard models. A number of key models were developed 20-25 years ago, mainly under EU funding. Over the years these standard models have become unavailable as the websites that supported them have been decommissioned. The objective is to make them available to the research community at a single location.

Read information about the Petroleum Reservoir Engineering Simulation Models project.

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