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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics


  • 2014 - Director of Research, DAMTP
  • 2014 - Emeritus Fellow, Downing College
  • 2010 - 2014: G.I. Taylor Professor of Fluid Mechanics, DAMTP
  • 2010 - 2014 : Professorial Fellow, Downing College
  • 2010 - : Blasker Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego
  • 2009 - : Visiting Professor, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath
  • 2009 - 2010: Director, Sustainability Solutions Institute, UC San Diego
  • 2007 - 2009: Director, Environment and Sustainability Initiative, UC San Diego
  • 1998 - 2010: Blasker Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego
  • 1991 - 1998: Reader in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, DAMTP
  • 1977 - 1998: Fellow, Downing College
  • 1976 - 1998: Director, Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, DAMTP
  • 1976 - 1991: Assistant Director of Research, DAMTP
  • 1972 - 1976: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, DAMTP


The focus of my research is environmental fluid mechanics. Our group conducts experimental and theoretical research on problems associated with our environment and the processes that affect and are impacted by climate change. We study and develop models of the fluid flow in low-energy buildings, gravity-driven flows in stratified and rotating fluids, internal waves and mixing in stratified fluids

Selected recent Publications

  • Burridge, H. C. , Partridge, J. L. & Linden, P.F. 2016 The fluxes and behaviour of plumes inferred from measurements of coherent structures within images of the bulk flow. Atmosphere-Ocean iFirst article 1-15.


  • Carrilho da Graca G. & Linden, P. F. 2016 Ten questions about natural ventilation of non-domestic buildings. Building and Environment, 107, 263-273. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.08.007

  • Daish, N. C., Carrilho da Graca G., Linden, P. F. & Banks, D. 2016 Impact of aperture separation on wind driven single-sided natural ventilation. Building and Environment, 108, 122-134.


  • Ramage, M. H. , Burridge, H. C., Busse-Wicher, M., Fereday, G., Reynolds, T., Shah, D., Wu, G., Yu, L., Fleming, P., Densley-Tingley, D., Allwood, J., Dupree, P., Linden, P. F. & Sherman, O. 2016 The wood from trees: the use of timber in construction. Renew. Sustain. Energy Rev., 68, 333-359.

  • Hughes, G.O. & Linden, P. F. 2016 Mixing eciency in run-down gravity currents. J. Fluid Mech., 809, 691{704. doi:10.1017/jfm.2016.696

  • Burridge, H. C. & Linden, P.F. 2016 Questioning the Mpemba effect: hot water does not cool more quickly than cold. Scientic Reports, 6, 37665 EP -, doi:10.1038/srep37665




Buoyancy-driven exchange flows in inclined ducts
A Lefauve, PF Linden
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
The effect of double diffusion on entrainment in turbulent plumes
M Dadonau, JL Partridge, PF Linden
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
The effect of an indoor-outdoor temperature difference on transient cross-ventilation
MS Davies Wykes, E Chahour, PF Linden
– Building and Environment
A comparison of entrainment in turbulent line plumes adjacent to and distant from a vertical wall
DA Parker, HC Burridge, JL Partridge, PF Linden
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Structure evolution at early stage of boundary-layer transition: simulation and experiment
XY Jiang, CB Lee, X Chen, CR Smith, PF Linden
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Transition to turbulence in stratified shear flow through an inclined square duct
CR Meyer, PF Linden
– ETC 2013 - 14th European Turbulence Conference
The transport of liquids in softwood: timber as a model porous medium
HC Burridge, G Wu, T Reynolds, DU Shah, R Johnston, OA Scherman, MH Ramage, PF Linden
– Sci Rep
Testing the Assumptions Underlying Ocean Mixing Methodologies Using Direct Numerical Simulations
JR Taylor, SM de Bruyn Kops, CP Caulfield, PF Linden
– Journal of Physical Oceanography
Regime transitions and energetics of sustained stratified shear flows
A Lefauve, JL Partridge, PF Linden
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Natural ventilation in cities: the implications of fluid mechanics
J Song, S Fan, W Lin, L Mottet, H Woodward, M Davies Wykes, R Arcucci, D Xiao, JE Debay, H ApSimon, E Aristodemou, D Birch, M Carpentieri, F Fang, M Herzog, GR Hunt, RL Jones, C Pain, D Pavlidis, AG Robins, CA Short, PF Linden
– Building Research & Information
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Research Groups

Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information
Environmental and Industrial Fluid Dynamics




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