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UK Fluids Conference 2017- Call for Abstracts Now Open

The call for abstracts is now open for the second annual UK Fluids Conference on 6-8 September 2017 at the University of Leeds. This event is jointly run by the EPSRC CDTs in Fluid Dynamics at Leeds and Imperial College London. Abstracts must be submitted via EasyChair by Monday 24 April 2017.

For more information, including abstract submission instructions, please visit:


  • Call for abstracts: Monday 16 January 2017
  • Abstract submission deadline: Monday 24 April 2017
  • Abstract acceptance notification: Friday 26 May 2017
  • Registration opens: Monday 3 April 2017
  • Early bird registration deadline: Monday 19 June 2017

Final registration deadline: Thursday 31 August 2017

CDT student wins poster award


Congratulations to CDT student, Robert Kelly, who won a prize for coming in 2nd place in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) student poster competition.

The competition is held annually at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, which this year took place in Houston, Texas. Robert won $1,500 and the awards are sponsored by ExxonMobil.

Robert’s poster was titled “Holistic Evaluation of Basal Stress Evolution in Sinuous Submarine Channel Levee Systems: Towards Process-Based Forward Stratigraphic Modelling”.

Robert is a PhD student in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics and member of the Turbidites Research Group.

CDT students paper accepted for publication


A paper based on the MSc group project of Inna Gorbatenko, Evaldas Greiciunas, James Hall and Jenny Wong has been published in the Journal of Rheology.

This paper describes the design and operation of the Rayleigh Ohnesorge jetting extensional rheometer (ROJER), which enables measurement of very short relaxation times of low viscosity complex fluids such as those encountered in ink-jet printing and spraying applications. The project was supported by AkzoNobel

Launch of new Fluid Dynamics at Leeds website


We are pleased to announce the launch of the Fluid Dynamics at Leeds website. This website aims to provide an overview of the enormous range of Fluid Dynamics research undertaken at the University of Leeds. This includes activities led from multiple faculties including Engineering, Computing, Earth and Environment, Mathematics and Physics.

Our goal is to promote and support fundamental and multidisciplinary research, and to encourage collaboration and innovation to tackle Fluid Dynamics problems.

There will be a regular blog post from Fluid Dynamics researchers at Leeds to give a brief insight into their current research, and the site will be kept updated with the latest events and news.

If you have any comments or queries regarding the site please do get in touch with us:

Improving the accuracy of essential African weather forecasts


A comprehensive new handbook about weather forecasting in West Africa could help safeguard lives and resources in the region. Meteorology of Tropical West Africa: The Forecasters' Handbook was coordinated by the University of Leeds in collaboration with international researchers and meteorological agencies to help the region’s weather forecasters. It results from the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis (AMMA), the biggest research programme into African weather and climate ever conducted. The handbook includes theory, weather forecasting methods, and case studies of West African weather systems. It follows 15 years of collaborative international research.

Handbook editor and coordinator, Professor Douglas Parker a meteorologist at Leeds’ School of Earth and Environment and CDT in Fluid Dynamics co-Director, said: “Accurate weather forecasts are essential for early warning systems that can protect lives, property, and water and food resources. The handbook is the first time any global region has produced a definitive document for forecasting. “Not only is this handbook a way for new research to be brought rapidly into practice it represents an international effort to disseminate important information to a region that has been neglected in the past.”

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Why the Earth's magnetic poles could be about to swap places – and how it would affect us

IGT scientists Dr Jon Mound and Dr Phil Livermore had the following article published in The Conversation 27.01.2017

The Earth’s magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field – protecting life from harmful solar radiation by deflecting charged particles away. Far from being constant, this field is continuously changing. Indeed, our planet’s history includes at least several hundred global magnetic reversals, where north and south magnetic poles swap places. So when’s the next one happening and how will it affect life on Earth?

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NAG Prize

NAG logoWe are pleased to announce that CDT student Caitlin Chalk 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 one.

NAG prize

Iron 'jet stream' detected in Earth's outer core

CDT Supervisors Dr Phil Livermore and Prof Rainer Hollerbach speak to BBC News about their collaborative study which has revealed a jet stream within the Earth's molten iron core using the latest satellite data to create an 'x-ray' view of the planet

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New research network on low-energy ventilation announced

CDT Management Board member and supervisor, Prof Cath Noakes is leading the The Low-Energy Ventilation Network (LEVN) alongside Imperial College’s Dr Henry Burridge. It brings together academics from multiple disciplines, and aims to bridge the knowledge-gap between optimal strategies for building ventilation and current industry practice.

The LEVN will support the application of fundamental fluids mechanics approaches in research to simultaneously address energy consumption and occupancy experiences relating to thermal comfort and indoor air-quality in buildings.

Funded by the UK Fluids Network as one of 26 newly established Special Interest Groups, the LEVN network will host six national meetings over the next three years. These are designed to identify research challenges, develop funding applications, and disseminate research findings to academia and industry practitioners.

The network also aims to be proactive in supporting a new generation of researchers entering the building ventilation research field. Professor Noakes said:

“We know that ventilation has a major impact on the energy consumption of a building and at the same time affects occupant productivity, health and well-being. However, much of the research in energy, environment and human performance in buildings pays very little attention to the airflows within a building. The LEVN aims to address this by building collaborations between academics and industrial practitioners to secure funding to carry out novel multi-institutional research to address key gaps”.

Further details on the network activities, events and partners are on the LEVN website.

JBA Trust Wave Tank Demonstration

CDT partners JBA Trust and JBA Consulting demonstrate the wave tank designed and tested by CDT students Will Booker, Thomas Goodfellow and Jacob van Alwon during their MSc team project. This tank is used to show the impact of coastal defences on flood risk. Three tanks are in use in the UK, and a fourth has been commissioned for use by JBA in Australia.


The University of Leeds has been named 'University of the Year 2017' by The Times and The Sunday Times' Good University Guide

Good Univeristy Guide 2017

Chosen by a distinguished panel, the Guide showcases the excellent student experience at Leeds. Alastair McCall, editor of the Good University Guide, said: "The University of Leeds thoroughly deserves this award for prioritising students' needs first to last. Outstanding student satisfaction levels do not happen by accident and reflect the emphasis placed here on getting the student learning experience spot on."

The award is one of the most high profile and respected in the sector and for the last two years Leeds has been named runner-up.

This news follows another year of exceptional student satisfaction levels, with Leeds securing 90% satisfaction in the recent 2016 National Student Survey. The University also reaches an all-time high in the overall Times and Sunday Times statistical rankings, which creates a league table of universities across the UK based on a broad range of measures. Underpinning the University's outstanding performance, which sees it rising to 13th place overall, are strong results in student experience, high entry standards, services and facilities, and graduate prospects.

Vice-Chancellor, Sir Alan Langlands, said that the accolade came at a significant point in the year as the University welcomes new students and staff.

UK Fluid Dynamics Conference 7th-9th September 2016

The EPSRC CDTs in Fluid Dynamics at the University of Leeds and Imperial College London held their first annual joint UK Fluids Conference on 7th-9th September 2016. The Conference held at Imperial brought together over 180 Fluid Dynamics PhD students, industry partners and academics from around the UK.

UK Fluid Dynamics Conference 7th-9th September 2016

CDT students from Leeds in the first cohort presented either a poster or a talk at the conference.  For more information and to download the Conference booklet, please visit:

The University of Leeds will be hosting the next joint UK Fluids Conference on 6th-8th September 2017. The call for abstracts will be in February 2017. Details will be announced shortly on our website.

Residential Induction September 2016

The CDT held an induction event at Weetwood Hall on 19th-21st September for the new students in the third cohort. The activities included a briefing of the PhD project process, hands-on team building activities, talks from the Management Board, current PhD students and industry partners.

We would like to thank Geoff Randall (Sellafield) and Dr David Mould (JBA Consulting) who gave excellent talks on some of the Fluid Dynamics problems currently being tackled in industry.

The students taking measurements from Prof Doug Parker's gravity current tank

The students working in groups for the 'Vampire Challenge' led by Profs Nik Kapur and Cath Noakes

Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Digital Innovation in Teaching or Research

The School of Earth and Environment has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Times Higher Education Awards 2016 under the category of 'Outstanding Digital Innovation in Teaching or Research'. Their entry focused on the 'Virtual Landscapes Project':

Virtual Landscapes

Produced with Leeds College of Art, the project uses a computer game engine to create a virtual landscape that simulates aspects of geological field work. Students explore and interact with this landscape before their first mapping class, visiting virtual outcrops to collect data, determine location, and map regional geology. Students and staff have found the exercises are good preparation, with students making fewer errors in the field and having more confidence going into mapping. The collaborative project forms an interdisciplinary bridge between STEM (science, technology, engineering and medicine) and Arts disciplines. It has been well received and is now in use in other UK Geoscience departments, as well as at universities as far away as the USA and Guyana.

All the winners of the Times Higher Education Awards will be announced on Thursday 24 November.

CDT Poster Evening – 5th May 2016

Over 100 students, academic staff and industry partners attended the EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) Poster Evening. Students from the following CDTs exhibited their MSc team project and PhD project posters:

Prizes were awarded to:

Further information:

Fluid Dynamics CDT student poster gallery.

CDT Poster Evening brochure.

INCOMPASS Project – Improving Weather and Climate Predictions of the Indian Monsoon

A team of scientists from the School of Earth and Environment are playing a leading role in a world-first field experiment in India, to improve weather and climate predictions of the monsoon. The group, led by Prof Doug Parker (CDT in Fluid Dynamics co-Director), forms part of the Anglo-Indian INCOMPASS project, which is making unprecedented observations of the land, ocean and atmospheric systems controlling the monsoon climate.

Research flights with the UK BAe146 research aircraft operated by the FAAM, have been conducted right across India, from the eastern and western reaches of the Indo-Gangetic plain in the north, to the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal, crossing the Deccan Plateau and Western Ghats in the south. A remarkable network of surface energy balance stations has also been established across the subcontinent, through partnership between the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and a number of Indian partners, including the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). An observational "supersite" has been set up at Kanpur in the north of India, including instruments installed by the NCAS Atmospheric Measurement Facility (AMF) at Leeds. INCOMPASS is jointly led by Andy Turner at the University of Reading and Prof GS Bhat at IISc.


Image credit: The UK Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM)


Image Credit: Oliver Halliday. Leeds PhD student Oliver Halliday (2nd from the right) spent 3 weeks earlier in the year assisting scientists from CEH Wallingford and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in the installation of observational stations in the south of India. The installation is now part of a network of stations which span the Indian peninsula and provide data for the ongoing INCOMPASS field campaign. A UK/Indian collaboration, INCOMPASS aims to better understand convection interactions with the onset and evolution of the Indian monsoon

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Wind Farms' Climate Impact Recorded for First Time

CDT supervisor, Prof Stephen Mobbs, and his colleagues have been able to measure the climatic effect of a wind farm on the local environment for the first time. They focused on Black Law wind farm, Scotland, which has been operating since 2005. With 54 turbines and a generation capacity of 124 megawatts, it is one of the UK's largest arrays of onshore turbines.

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Modelling the maths behind wave motion to aid sea rescues

A mathematical model developed at the University of Leeds could make it possible to design safer versions of the 'fast ships' used in many vital offshore operations.

Travelling at up to 30 knots, fast ships are used for search and rescue, anti-piracy and for transporting wind farm, oil and gas personnel. These ships are especially vulnerable to waves that amplify suddenly due to local weather and sea conditions – so-called 'rogue' or 'freak' waves – with about 100 ships lost or damaged each year worldwide, incurring around 2,500 casualties. For example, extreme funnelling effects may turn waves a few metres high into dangerous waves tens of metres tall that can destabilise ships, resulting in damage, causing injuries and threatening lives.

The new model produces unprecedentedly accurate animations and simulations that can show exactly how sea waves can affect fast ships. It highlights the importance of having accurate predictions of the pressure forces that these craft are subjected to, and could aid the design of fast ships better able to withstand the effects of rough seas.

Project lead Professor Onno Bokhove, from the University's School of Mathematics, said: "Describing mathematically the complex behaviour of waves and their interaction with fast ships and then incorporating all of this into a robust computer model has been very challenging. We're delighted to have provided further proof of how advanced mathematics can have real-world applications that help save money and safeguard lives."

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Two students discuss a week in their lives as CDT researchers

First year student, Rory Hetherington, and second year student, Caitlin Chalk, share what a typical week as a CDT student is like. Find out more.

CDT Students organising 'Beautiful Minds' event as part of Pint of Science

Pint of Science is an non-profit organisation whose aim is to provide a platform for which the public can engage with researchers and hear about innovative science. Held during an annual international festival, talks and activities will deliver interesting, fun, relevant topics across a range of STEM subjects...all in the pub! This year will see the first time the festival is held in Leeds. 

The Beautiful Mind event is being led by CDT student Hannah Kreczak, with the support of CDT students Georgina Williams, Jacob van Alwon and Inna Gorbatenko, and will host speakers discussing the wonder that is the human brain; from how it functions to why sometimes it goes wrong. Our aim is that a successful festival will lead to more outreach events hosted by a network of enthusiastic volunteers from the University of Leeds.

CDT Fluid Dynamics students given an insight into industry at the Materials Processing Institute



Students from the University of Leeds' EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Fluid Dynamics have spent three days at the Materials Processing Institute (MPI) in Teesside, with further visits planned between now and July as their project progresses.

Led by Professor Onno Bokhove, CDT students Paul Allen, Caroline Shields and Fryderyk Wilczynski spent time in the physical modelling laboratory to carry out work which ties in with their computational flow modelling tasks done on the University campus.

The idea behind the visit was the enable the students to have an opportunity to learn about modelling techniques while also finding out more about research and development and identifying industrial problems.

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Inaugural UK Fluids Conference 2016

We are pleased to make a preliminary announcement of a new annual UK Fluids Conference that is to be organised jointly between the EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics at Leeds and Imperial College:

Our hope is to attract academic and industrial researchers from a wide range of disciplines who have a common interest in fluid flows, with a particular emphasis on encouraging PhD students from around the UK to attend.

Discover Campaign 2016

The launch of a collective website, Discover, will help prospective PhD students to identify the best opportunities in the six Faculty of Engineering EPSRC* Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). The CDTs – Bioenergy, Fluid Dynamics, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Complex Particulates, Products and Processes, Tribology, and Next Generation Nuclear – represent over £14m funding from EPSRC, and have 200 PhD scholarships available over five years. Next Generation Nuclear and Tribology are joint centres with the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield, respectively.

“Each CDT represents a very broad range of projects and students from almost all areas in science and engineering are eligible to apply. With some overlap between the work of the different centres, there is great potential for students to apply for studentships at several centres and if successful, select the one that suits them best,” explains James McKay, Centre Manager. The Discover campaign will enable sharing of information to make sure the best applicants find the best places.

Application deadlines for entry in September 2016 are different for each CDT. More information can be found at
*Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

The School of Mathematics completes refurbishment

On 18 September 2015 Vice Chancellor Sir Alan Langlands officially opened the newly refurbished School of Mathematics Building, ready for students arriving for the new term. Over the last 12 months the School of Mathematics has undergone a major refurbishment, in the final stage of a three part project, to transform it into a 21st century learning facility, which provides a variety of new study environments. The CDT in Fluid Dynamics supervisors based in the School of Mathematics now have access to modern seminar rooms and teaching space to deliver the Foundations of Fluid Dynamics module, a key taught module which is part of the Fluid Dynamics programme. Read more.

Cohort two join the CDT

Our second set of 9 CDT students have joined us at the CDT in Leeds, they are from a broad range of backgrounds including Petroleum Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering. The students are now working on their first semester of taught activities as part of the MSc component of the programme. The students are all located together in the same office, which has already proven valuable as the first cohort are able to support the second cohort as they navigate the University and the programme. To find out more about our new cohort and why they chose the CDT see their student profiles.

CDT Fluid Dynamics Co-Director, Professor Doug Parker wins Vice Chancellor’s Impact Award

Professor Doug Parker has recently been recognised by the University of Leeds Vice Chancellor's Impact Awards for his work on the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis (AMMA). The awards recognise outstanding examples of the contribution that the University's research makes to society. Four awards were made across the University, with Professor Parker's work representing the Engineering and Physical Sciences category. He studied the impact of the West African monsoon on the African and global environment. For more information, please visit:

CDT Fluid Dynamics Management Board member, Professor Cath Noakes led study on hospital design and spread of infections

CDT Fluid Dynamics academic, Professor Cath Noakes, and other researchers at the University of Leeds have developed a quantitative model to predict how the design of hospitals can affect the spread of infections. This computer model predicts that multi-bed hospital wards increase bacterial hand contamination by 20% compared with single-bed wards. Understanding exactly how bacteria spread could improve the way we design and clean our hospitals, and train healthcare workers. The researchers' findings were presented at the British Science Festival in Bradford.

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Summer 2015 Updates

The EPSRC CDT in Fluid Dynamics has recruited 9 students for September 2015 entry. These students come from a range of backgrounds, including Chemical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Aeronautical Engineering.

The students first week will include a two night residential induction at Weetwood Hall, where they will get to meet the staff, find out a bit more about the research going on in the CDT and get to know one another through a variety of activities. The Centre’s current cohort of students are coming to the end of their first year, and have begun working on their PhD projects. Details of the students’ PhD projects are available on their student profiles.

MSc Team Projects

A key part of the PhD/MSc Fluid Dynamics programme is the interdisciplinary MSc team projects which run over semester two of year one. These projects involve aspects of mathematical modelling, experimentation and computational simulation. The current cohort of CDT in Fluid Dynamics students have successfully completed the following MSc team projects. Please click on each project to view the students' posters which they presented at the CDT in Fluid Dynamics launch conference in April 2015:

Each project was co-supervised by a team of supervisors from different disciplines and where appropriate an industry mentor. For more information on the MSc component of the programme and MSc team projects please visit:

The first steps of cohort one

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Fluid Dynamics has welcomed its first cohort of 12 students. These students have a wide range of backgrounds, including Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science. The cohort attended a three day residential induction at Weetwood Hall as part of their induction week. Students were able to meet academics and industry partners involved in the Centre, learn more about the programme and research activities of the Centre’s internal and external partners.

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Training to address critical challenges

Over 40 new PhD students will begin work on critical engineering and scientific challenges this term as they join one of four new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) which have been established with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The four CDTs – which will take around 200 students over the next five years – are Bioenergy, Complex Particulate Products and Processes, Fluid Dynamics and Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.

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Fluid Dynamics in action

The use and importance of Fluid Dynamics in a real world setting, in particular Computational Fluid Dynamics is highlighted by the BBC describing the Met Office acquisition of a supercomputer to improve weather forecasting and climate modelling. To find out more see:

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics 

University of Leeds celebrates successful bids in a £350 million training scheme for engineers and scientists.

The University of Leeds has been successful in its bid to host two new training centres for PhD students, in plans announced today by Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts.

The new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Bioenergy and Fluid Dynamics are part of a £350 million national scheme – the UK's largest ever investment in post graduate training in engineering and physical sciences. The funding, targeted at areas vital to economic growth, has been allocated by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

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