Environmental Flow Research Centre
Established in 1993 with funding from EPSRC, National Power, the Meteorological Office and the University of Surrey, our Centre, known as EnFlo, is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in atmospheric boundary layer flows and environmental aerodynamics.
Our main objectives
- Provide world-leading wind-tunnel facilities in support of research in fluid flow and dispersion to both academy and industry.
- Undertake research on flow and pollutant dispersion processes in the Earth's atmosphere, oceans, lakes and rivers.
- Provide training and promote best practice in the use of laboratory modelling techniques in environmental fluid mechanics.
Health Protection Agency and the NHS
A series of projects for the HPA (now Public Health England) has been completed within the Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies EngD course. The first two covered health and related aspects of waste management and the third, odour, including an unusual example of long range odour transport (from Germany to the UK).
Other works were with Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital and treated the physics of short range dispersion from short, roof top stacks; the case study being emissions from the cyclotron facility at St Thomas’.
CONCAWE is based in Brussels and commissions environmental research on behalf of its members (mainly petrol-chemical industries). Projects at EnFlo have focussed on near-field dispersion at process plants and, in particular, the use of line integrated concentration measurements around a plant to estimate emission rates of hydrocarbons from leaks and similar sources.
The overall aim was to understand the uncertainties in the resulting estimates and to develop best practice for carrying out such work.
We have numerous wind tunnels here in the Centre including our Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) - National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) meteorological wind tunnel and EnFlo tunnel which is one of few in the world which allow experiments to be carried out in controlled conditions simulating the Earth's atmosphere.
Who we collaborate with
- University of Bristol
- University of Cambridge
- Imperial College London
- University of Leeds
- University of Reading
- University of Southampton
Institutions and organisations
- CONCAWE (Brussels)
- DGA (France)
- ECL (France)
- EU (Marie Curie)
- FFI (Norway)
- FOI (Sweden)
- Golder Associates (UK)
- INERIS (France)
- Sandia National Labs (USA)
- Sellafield, HPA (PHE) and NHS
- Shell Global Solutions
Meet the team
If you have any queries or would like to get involved with our research then please get in touch.