The Thermofluids Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is responsible for the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in thermodynamics and fluid dynamics in our core degree courses in MEng/BEng in Mechanical Engineering, and MSc(Res) in Aerodynamics and Aerostructures.
We also contribute strongly to the MEng/BEng in Aerospace Engineering Degree Course.
The academic staff are actively involved in research and consultancies in a variety of areas in applied aerodynamics, bio-fluid/structure interaction, combustion and emissions, fuels and lubricants, computational fluid dynamics, turbulence simulation, for the advance of knowledge and industrial applications.
Research and consultancies
The Thermofluids Group is an active group engaged in a wide range of research from fundamental and experimental research on turbulence structures to advanced developments in numerical methods for Computational Fluid Dynamics.
It is one of the four academic groups in the Department of Mechanical Engineering within the University of Sheffield. The department achieved Grade 5A in the 2001 research assessment in the UK, indicating the international quality of its research output.
Current research topics of the staff include:
- CFD: adaptive solutions, high order methods, multiphase flows
- Turbulence: fractal theory, detached eddy simulation
- Aerodynamics: novel aerodynamic design, flow control, unsteady flow, wake aircraft interaction
- Combustion: emission, airport pollution
- Pipe flows and fuel cells: analysis and measurements
- Tribology: thin film flow and measurement
- Biological flow: bile flow in gall bladders, particle dispersion in human airways
Research projects have been funded by research councils, government agencies (EPSRC, EU, etc.) and sponsored by industry, from small local companies to large blue-chips (BAE Systems, Airbus, etc.).
The staff have extensive national and international collaborative links with other centres of excellence and continues to attract well qualified postgraduates to undertake MSc and PhD studies.
The group's laboratories include a fluid lab, a thermodynamics lab and an aerodynamic lab, equiped with a variety of purpose built rigs and two low speed wind tunnels.
High performance parallel computing is supported through the group´s dedicated Beowulf cluster Bluegrid as well as the facilities provided by the university, and regional (White Rose) and national (HPCx) centres.
The research in the group is regularly presented at national and international specialist conferences and published in prestigious journals. More information related to the research of the group members can be found in the publication list and on their individual webpages.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
The Thermofluids Group is a part of Mechanical Engineering Department located in the Sir Frederick Mappin Building on Mappin Street.
Tel: +44 114 222 7700
Fax: +44 114 222 7890
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