Staff profiles at the University of Leeds that have Fluid Dynamics linked research interests are listed here.

Below you will find details of LIFD’s Management Board. Profiles of Executive Committee members can be found on the About page.

Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics Management Team

Name Role
Steve Tobias Director
Cath Noakes Deputy Director
Claire Savy Manager
Peter Jimack PhD group leader
Jeff Peakall Experimental group leader
Duncan Borman MSc group leader
Onno Bokhove Industry group leader
Rob Sturman International lead
Sepideh Khodaparast University Academic Fellow in Fluid Dynamics
Thomas Sykes Student representative
Jurgen Schneider Biological representative
Amir Khan Computational group co-leader
Chris Davies Computational group co-leader
Girish Nivarti Early Career Researcher representative

Fluid Dynamics Research Areas by School

Chemical and Process Engineering: Key research areas are CFD, multiphase and turbulent flows, fluid mechanics, powers, spray and coatings. Examples of key projects in this School are: ‘Re-examining drag reduction: the important interplay between surface and fluid properties’ (D. Harbottle) and ‘Coupling of tomography and CFD for pipeline multiphase flow measurement and pipeline assurance’ (M. Wang)

Chemistry: The main research areas are dyes, pigments, colourants and formulation and delivery of functional complex fluids systems.

Civil Engineering: Key research areas are CFD, hydrology, turbulent flows, environmental flows and flood dynamics. Examples of key projects in this School are: ‘Development of Computational Models to Design Upper Room Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation Air Disinfection Systems in Hospital Environments’ (C. Noakes) and ‘Industrial application (modelling) of particle methods for open channel flows’ (D. Borman)

Computing: The main research areas are CFD, complex fluids and patient-specific physiological flows. Examples of key projects in this School are: ‘A finite element model for the Boussinesq equations’ (M. Walkley), ‘Adaptive multilevel modelling of two-phase flow problems’ (P. Jimack),  and ‘Image-based fluid dynamics of stented and coiled cerebral aneurysms” (A.F. Frangi and T.Lassila).

Earth and Environment: Key research areas are weather and climate modelling, atmospheric dynamics, core-mantle interactions, multiphase flows, flood and sediment dynamics. Examples of key projects in this School are: ‘New real-world field-scale calibration for improved turbidity current impact modeling’ (R. Dorrell), ‘African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis’ (D. Parker) and projects within the Turbidites Research Group (TRG)

Geography: Key research areas are flood and river dynamics, hydrology and sediment dynamics. Examples of key projects in this School are: ‘Modelling rapid landscape change due to outburst floods’ (J. Carrivick) and ‘MorphSed: investigating the morpho-sedimentary dynamics of human-stressed fluvial systems and implications for ecological diversity on the Upper Cinca River’ (M. Smith)

Medicine and Health/Biology: Fluid flows play key roles in biological transport and regulatory mechanisms. Measuring and modelling these flows is an important element in understanding clinical pathologies. For example, local variation in shear stress is implicated in atherosclerotic plaque formation in the vascular system, whilst flows and deformation of the aqueous and vitreous humors in the eye are key drivers of several ocular pathologies, including retinal detachment. The School of Medicine at Leeds is one of the largest medical schools in the United Kingdom and has several research programmes, including one of the largest cardiovascular researchgroups in the UK, with strengths in cardiovascular imaging. This is a particularly rich area for Institute activity, given the large amounts of imaging data which require robust mathematical modelling frameworks to maximise the information content of the images. There is also a strong programme in the development of microfluidic platforms for novel clinical and biological applications, led by Physics.

Mechanical Engineering: Key research areas are CFD, fluid mechanics, droplets, sprays, coating and printing, and thermofluids. Examples of key projects in this School are: ‘Modelling and optimisation of heat exchangers including working on high heat density cooling’ (N. Kapur) and ‘Air and liquid cooling technologies for electronics cooling and data centres’ (H. Thompson)

Mathematics: Key research areas are CFD, geophysical fluid dynamics, multiphase flows and compressible flows. Examples of key projects in this School belong to the Astrophysical and Geophysical Fluids group, such as ‘Geometric integrators and closure theory in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics’ (O. Bokhove)

Physics and Astronomy: The main research areas are CFD, astophysical fluid dynamics, magnetohydrodynamics and hydrodynamics. An example of a projects within this School is ‘The interaction of hydrodynamic shocks with self-gravitating clouds’ (T. Harquist and S. Falle)

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