Department of Engineering Science

Mathematical modelling and computational mechanics

Mathematical modelling and computational mechanics uses a combination of mathematical physics and computation to investigate a wide-range of real-world problems.

We have access to high performance computers and industry standard software tools (Abaqus, CFX, etc.).

Applications studied include wind farm design, aero acoustics of turbulent jets, the reliability of building foundations, dispersal of pollutants in rivers and estuaries, the movement of micro-organisms, the manufacture of composite materials, coalbed methane extraction, instabilities in pipe-flows, carbon sequestration and tidal flows.

More fundamental research is also conducted into mathematical modelling, including investigations into the use of parallel computation and the thermomechanical foundation of mechanics.