Turbulence remains one of the last great unsolved problems in the engineering sciences.
Developing our understanding of these complex flows allows us to formulate more accurate and robust predictive tools, which may then have applications in areas ranging from aircraft design to weather forecasting, commercial agriculture and even diagnostic medicine.
Fundamental turbulence is a vibrant and growing area of research, encompassing a very broad mix of specialist fields including (amongst others) mathematics, nonlinear dynamics, electronics, acoustics, signal processing and high-power computing, alongside aerodynamics and thermodynamics.
Our current areas of work include:
- Pollutant dispersion modelling in the atmospheric environment
- Investigating similarity characteristics within turbulent boundary layers and turbulent vortex flows
- Direct numerical simulations of turbulent flows and transition
Research facilities available within the Aerodynamics and Environmental Flow laboratory include:
- 4096-core high-power computing cluster
- The EnFlo stratified boundary layer wind tunnel (an NCAS national facility)
- Fully-automated laboratory measurement instrumentation suite which includes multi-axis Particle-image velocimetry, laser-doppler anemometry and flame-ionization concentration sensors
We also produce advanced sensor systems for the characterization of turbulent flows.