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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics


Industrial and academic placements – reflections from current CDT students


All of our CDT students have the opportunity to attend placements with industrial or academic partners over the course of their studies. Here we hear from a few of our CDT students who have undertaken a placement.

Read more about their experiences

CDT Virtual Open Day – 21st February 2018 10.00-13.00


Whether you’ve already applied or plan to apply to one of the EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) offered by the University of Leeds, take part in our virtual CDT Open Day. Learn more about the Centres for Doctoral Training programmes, and have the opportunity to get your questions answered with a live Q&A. More information, including details on how to register, can be found on our Eventbrite page

NAG Prize


We are pleased to announce that CDT student Fryderyk Wilczynski is the winner of the NAG Prize for the best performance in the MSc component of our integrated MSc/PhD Fluid Dynamics programme in cohort two.

Fryderyk is now undertaking a PhD project on modelling filaments produced by magnetically confined plasmas.

For more information on the prizes awarded by NAG, please visit:

CDT student’s paper accepted for publication


Hannah Kreczak had a paper accepted for publication as a Regular Article in Physical Review E. This paper presents a computational study of a simple one-dimensional map with dynamics composed of stretching, permutations of equally sized cells, and diffusion.


EPSRC RISE: Making Connections Training


CDT student Megan Bickle talks about her experience at Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers (RISE) training run by EPSRC.

“I recently started a PhD in atmospheric science, researching the intensity of storms in the West African Monsoon. I find this topic incredibly interesting; getting to grips with the intricacies of such a complicated system as the weather feels like I’m beginning to pick away at the fabric that shapes our world. Successful scientific research is by definition ground-breaking, delivering a wealth of possibilities with each discovery. Unfortunately, the vitality and health of our scientific community often seems under-represented in governmental decision making. For me this is a serious problem. A well-funded scientific community encourages novel discoveries, often resulting in spin-off technologies and industry. Investing in academic research also encourages environments which produce highly skilled workforces and so higher national productivity levels. Read more…

CDT Poster Event: Students’ Posters


Over 150 students, academic staff and industry partners attended the EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) Poster Event on the afternoon of 24th May 2017. Students from 5 CDTs in the Faculty of Engineering exhibited their posters. Students in Year 1 displayed MSc team project posters, while Year 2 students displayed posters on their PhD projects. Click on the images to view the Fluid Dynamics students’ posters.

Click poster image to download PDF

CDT Students support outreach.


The third cohort of students presented a range of activities at the Be Curious public engagement event at the University of Leeds earlier this year. All of our students get the opportunity to take part in CDT arranged outreach events, and are able to take the initiative to join and lead activities independently. Images shown below include the student designed and built wave tank, which demonstrates the impact of different coastal defences, and the fun but messy custard demonstration for non-Newtonian fluids.

CDT Poster Event and CDT Thesis Twitter Conference 2017: Winners announced!


Over 150 students, academic staff and industry partners attended the EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) Poster Event on the afternoon of 24th May 2017. Students from the following five CDTs exhibited their MSc team project and PhD project posters:

Click here to view the CDT Poster Event abstract booklet.

Prizes were awarded to:

  • David Potter for the best poster in Bioenergy
  • John Ashcroft for the best poster in Fluid Dynamics
  • Alex Moldovan for the best poster in CP3
  • Pravin Smart, William Skipper, Matthew Marshall and Tomos Brenchley for the best poster in Integrated Tribology
  • Katherine Timms in Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine for the best overall poster

Prizes were also awarded to winners of the CDT Thesis Twitter Conference which took place on 19th May. Georgie Williams was awarded crowd favourite and Tom Padgett was awarded overall winner. Both students are from the CDT in Fluid Dynamics.


University of Leeds EPSRC CDT Thesis Twitter Conference 2018

Following the success of previous Thesis Twitter competitions held by the University of Canterbury, the University of Auckland and, the University of Leeds, the EPSRC CDT in Fluid Dynamics at Leeds will be hosting a Thesis Twitter Conference on the 18th of May 2018, 9am to 5pm.

Read more about the 2018 Twitter Conference

University of Leeds EPSRC CDT Thesis Twitter Conference - 19 May 2017

09:00 - 17:00, @CDTFluidsLeeds

Following the success of previous Thesis Twitter competitions held by the University of Canterbury, the University of Auckland and, the University of Leeds, the EPSRC CDT in Fluid Dynamics at Leeds will be hosting a Thesis Twitter Conference on the 19th of May 2017, 9am to 5pm. You can catch the action at
The Thesis Twitter Conference provides a platform to engage an audience outside of your research field. It also allows you the opportunity to hone your skills in communicating your research concisely and clearly. Hopefully you will receive feedback and make new connections that you will maintain throughout your research career.

The Rules

  • You must be a University of Leeds EPSRC CDT Postgraduate Researcher in one of the following CDTs: Bioenergy, Complex Particulate Products and Processes, Fluid Dynamics, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Integrated Tribology, Soft Matter and Next Generation Nuclear
  • You must register for the event by 5pm on the 15th of May. Register at- 
  • You are allowed a maximum of 6 tweets. Each tweet can be a maximum of 140 characters.
  • Number each of your tweets
  • End each tweet with #CDTTweCon
  • The first tweet should be the title of your thesis
  • The final tweet should sum up your work to date
  • You can tweet about a part of your research or your full project
  • Links to extra text explaining your research is not allowed
  • Links to videos, images and bibliographical information may be included
  • Postings will be stored and displayed online after the competition
  • The CDT in Fluid Dynamics at Leeds will be overseeing the event and retweeting entries as they come in

The Prize!
A prize will be awarded by a judging panel. A prize will also be awarded to the crowd favourite (Prizes TBC). Crowd favourite will be decided by a poll. This poll will be open after the conference ends at 5pm. Voting will remain open for 24 hours. When voting please select your three favourite Thesis Twitter papers. A link will be shared nearer the time to place your vote.

There are three criteria through which each thesis twitter paper will be judged:
1. Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
2. Comprehension: did the thesis twitter paper help the audience understand the research?
3. Engagement: did the thesis twitter paper make the audience want to know more?
Winners will be announced at the CDT poster event on the 24th May:

#CDTTweCon Tips

  • You can tweet your thesis any time within the competition (9am-5pm).
  • It is helpful to give a tweet prior to your thesis tweet entry to announce it is beginning. This can also stop two papers being tweeted simultaneously.
  • To ensure your tweets are in the right order, draft them in advance in word and then copy and paste them into twitter.
  • Your tweets cannot be read if your account is private and your tweets protected.
  • Follow thesis tweets via the hashtag #CDTTweCon or follow @CDTFluidsLeeds
  • Discussion of papers is encouraged. Any questions should include the hashtag #CDTTweCon

An Example
This mock #CDTTweCon paper is an example from the University of Canterbury. The brevity removes the subtlety of the thesis (this is to be expected!), but it pretty much represents the gist of their case.
1. Running with the beat: The relationship between running pace and music tempo # CDTTweCon
2. Do people run faster when listening to faster (higher cadence) music? Do people match the rhythm of their feet to the rhythm of the music? #CDTTweCon
3. Recreational runners completed a fixed course while listening to music of their choice. Running speed and cadence and music tempo recorded. # CDTTweCon
4. Runners did match foot speed to music tempo – faster tempo, more foot strikes (more steps taken). But faster tempo was correlated with slower speed. # CDTTweCon
5. Listening to fast tempo music resulted in runners taking more footsteps but running more slowly overall. # CDTTweCon
6. If music is to benefit training, runners need to work on foot speed and long stride length when listening to fast tempo music. # CDTTweCon
For further examples see

If you are unsure of how to use Twitter check out this useful video. If you have any queries please contact Claire Savy (

Whilst as a general rule, it is important to raise the profile of research through public dissemination, there can be situations where it may be inappropriate or even dangerous to publicise research. For instance, in some cases when working with vulnerable people the dangers of publication to the individuals or general group involved, might outweigh any benefits. In addition, the University is obliged to consider reputational risk and risk to students and researchers. It is also important not to disclose any information that is subject to a confidentiality agreement. Please consider carefully whether it is appropriate to tweet your research, and if uncertain please ask for further advice. We are grateful to the University of Canterbury for sharing their information.  The organisers reserve the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control.

Centres for Doctoral Training Poster Event – 24 May 2017

13:30 – 16:30, Parkinson Court, Parkinson Building

This poster event will showcase students’ posters and research from the following 5 EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training at the University of Leeds:

  • Bioenergy
  • Complex Particulate Products and Processes
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Integrated Tribology
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine – Innovation in Medical and Biological Engineering

12.30-13.30: Posters available to view

13.30-15.15: Poster Presentations & Light Refreshments

15.15-15.30: Poster Prizes

To register your attendance, please visit our Eventbrite page:

Poster abstract booklet:


Fluids Symposium: ‘Fluid Dynamics Modelling for Real World Applications’

We are pleased to announce the upcoming Fluids Symposium: ‘Fluid Dynamics Modelling for Real World Applications’ on the 28th June 2017 (09.45-15.45).

Recent years have seen exciting advances in modelling techniques in diverse areas of Fluid Dynamics, with benefits to society including applications in industry, geosciences, hazard prediction and weather forecasting. Advances include theoretical and mathematical innovations, as well as the efficient exploitation of new computational resources such as massively-parallel machines.

This symposium brings together leading researchers in different fields within Fluid Dynamics, to share latest results and ideas related to the modelling of real-world phenomena. The event is open to the community of researchers in Fluid Dynamics at Leeds, and their industrial partners.

Over 100 academics at Leeds undertake research with a major Fluid Dynamics component. This includes both fundamental and applied Fluid Dynamics problems, such as geophysical flows, pathogen control, nuclear safety, heat transport, climate modelling and oceanography. Fluid Dynamics at Leeds has strong links to industry and early career researcher training (notably the EPSRC CDT in Fluid Dynamics at Our goal is to promote and support fundamental and multidisciplinary research, and to encourage collaboration and innovation to tackle Fluid Dynamics problems.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Prof Hans Kuipers, TU Eindhoven: 'Multi-scale simulation of mass,momentum and heat transport in dense dispersed multi-phase flows'
  • Prof Pier Siebesma, TU Delft
  • Prof Chantal Staquet, University of Grenoble: 'The interaction of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current in the Southern Ocean, which leads to the emission of lee waves and mixing'
  • Prof Ulrich Ruede, University of Erlangen: 'Numerical Simulation of Multiphase Flows at the Extreme Scale'

Further details including talk titles to follow.

Please email to book your place to attend.

UK Fluids Conference 6-8 September 2017

The EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Fluid Dynamics at the University of Leeds and Imperial College London are organising the second annual UK Fluids Conference. Our primary intention is to encourage greater cohesion and interaction amongst the fluids communities in the UK and to be of benefit, in particular, to PhD students. The first annual UK Fluids Conference took place at Imperial College London on 7 – 9 September 2016.

For more information please see: