Thermofluids Research Group
The Thermofluids Group specialises in the fundamental understanding of fluid flows, and the application of this understanding to problems of relevance to industry. The specific interests of the group are:
- Stability and transition
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Combustion and Reacting Flows
- Unsteady Aerodynamics
The group combines experimental, numerical, and analytical approaches to analyse fluid problems. The Thermofluids Group houses experimental facilities in the Department of Engineering and Charles Wilson Buildings, enabling the study of a wide range of flow configurations and conditions. The High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster ALICE, purchased through a £2 million CIF award to the University, is used by the group to perform Computational Fluid Dynamics research. In addition, a new Midlands Centre of Excellence - HPC Midlands - was awarded to Loughborough University, with the University of Leicester as a partner, further enhancing the HPC capability of the group.
The group is primarily based in the Michael Atiyah Building, shared with the Space Research Centre and Applied Mathematics, providing strong opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. The Thermofluids Group works closely with the Fluids and Numerical Analysis groups in the Department of Mathematics, and collaboration also takes place with the Earth Observation Science Group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. National collaborative research is performed with Warwick, Durham, Cambridge, Birmingham and Cardiff Universities amongst others. Collaboration with British industry includes Rolls-Royce and ALSTOM. International collaboration extends to ongoing work with the University of Tasmania, the US Naval Postgraduate School, KTH Stockholm, VKI and the Canadian NRC.
The group hosts a monthly seminar series, bringing together speakers with an interdisciplinary interest in fluid mechanical problems.
Applications are welcome from students who with to study for PhD or MPhil degrees. If you are interested in the research areas of the group members, please contact them directly to discuss potential research topics. Details of funded PhD studentships are advertised on the Graduate School website, and on jobs.ac.uk when they are available.
The Postgraduate Research page provides details on how to apply for a PhD.