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 in the areas of turbulence, acoustically-active flows, unsteady aerodynamics, reacting flows, and thermoacoustic technologies.
The group combines experimental, numerical, and analytical approaches to analyse fluid problems. This website provides examples of research undertaken in the key areas of interest in the group. The Thermofluids Group houses experimental facilities in the Department of Engineering for both fluids and thermoacoustics research. 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 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 group in the Department of Mathematics, with a seminar series jointly run by the two groups taking place on the final Wednesday of the month. Collaborative research is also undertaken with the Mechanics of Materials Group.
The group has a strong reputation in the following areas:
- Thermoacoustic Technologies
- Unsteady Aerodynamics
- Turbomachinery flows
- Large Eddy Simulation
- Direct Numerical Simulation
- Multiphase flows
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. Alternatively, you may wish to contact the Head of the Thermofluids Group. 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.