Fluid Mechanics


A traditional subject in mechanical engineering, research in fluid mechanics remains vital today. The human body is mostly made up of water, the earth’s surface is over 70% liquid and the entire atmosphere is fluid. Most industrial processes involve the flow of fluids with many of them displaying complex rheology. Despite the maturity of the field many challenges remain, particularly in the numerical simulation of turbulent flows, the flow of non-Newtonian fluids, biophysical fluid dynamics and fluid-structure interactions. The faculty in the Fluid Mechanics research area carry out research across a range of areas, from industrial processes in the pulp & paper and oil & gas sectors, to naval architecture, to the fluid flows governing the motion of cells in the human body.



Kendal Bushe

Turbulent Combustion

Research Interests: combustion, turbulence, numerical simulation, computational fluid dynamics, IC engines, thermal power generation

Gwynn Elfring

Mathematical Modeling

Research Interests: Stokes flow, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, soft matter, suspensions, biolocomotion, active matter, cell mechanics, capillary phenomena

Ian Frigaard

Fluid Mechanics

Research Interests: non-Newtonian fluid mechanics & industrial mathematical modelling

Dana Grecov

Fluid Mechanics

Research Interests: liquid crystals and nanomaterials, multiphase flow, biofluid mechanics, non-newtonian fluid mechanics, computational fluid dynamics, rheology and tribology

Sheldon Green

Fluid Mechanics

Research Interests: liquid sprays, papermaking, biomechanics, building ventilation, fluid mechanics

Rajeev Jaiman

Fluid-Structure Interaction

Research Interests: fluid-structure interaction, computational methods and numerical analysis, data-driven computing, model order reduction, bluff-body flows and flow-induced vibration, flow control and drag reduction, multiphase flows

Carl Ollivier-Gooch

Carl Ollivier-Gooch


Research Interests: algorithm development for computational aerodynamics

James Olson

Pulp and Paper

Research Interests: the intersection of fluid mechanics, machine design and material science as applied to the forest bio-products industry

Vladan Prodanovic

Research Interests: thermodynamics, heat transfer and multiphase flows, particularly in boiling heat transfer

Boris Stoeber

MEMS and Microfluids

Research Interests: microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microflow phenomena, sensor technology, integrated microsystems for biomedical applications and for environmental control