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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Career

  • 2016-present Professor of Fluid Mechanics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
  • 2012-2016 Reader in Fluid Mechanics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
  • 2001-2012 University Senior Lecturer, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
  • 1997-present Director of the GK Batchelor Laboratory

Research

Fluid mechanics of the environment in which we live and how our activities utilise fluid mechanics motivate much of Stuart's research. His work is characterised by a blend of theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches, frequently with a mix of all three in any given project.

Recent projects have included

  • Internal gravity waves 
  • Gravity currents
  • Granular flows
  • Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmyer-Meshkov instabilities
  • Stratified turbulence
  • Rotating turbulence
  • Buoyant plumes
  • Resuspension
  • Building ventilation
  • Decontamination
  • Reactive flows
  • Bursting water-filled balloons

Stuart has run DAMTP's GK Batchelor Laboratory for over 20 years, and has not only led the development of the world-leading facilities, but has also been instrumental in developing the diagnostics and software used widely in the research community.

PhD opportunities

Stuart is interested not only in PhD students with a mathematics background, but also those with engineering, physics or other similar undergraduate degrees.

Although yet to be confirmed, it is likely that in 2021 he will have ear-marked PhD funding for projects on (i) Rayleigh-Taylor instability and (ii) skipping stones. Both projects would be attractive to someone wanting a combination of experimental, numerical and theoretical approaches to challenging problems.

Stuart is also keen to pursue projects in the broader realm of geophysical, environmental and industrial fluid mechanics.

Publications

Vortex rings impinging on permeable boundaries
A Mujal-Colilles, SB Dalziel, A Bateman
– Physics of Fluids
(2015)
27,
015106
Stratified external mixing at moderate Richardson number
J Olsthoorn, SB Dalziel
– Proceedings - 15th European Turbulence Conference, ETC 2015
(2015)
Cleaning of viscous drops on a flat inclined surface using gravity-driven film flows
JR Landel, H McEvoy, SB Dalziel
– Food and Bioproducts Processing
(2015)
93,
310
Continuous flow Fischer esterifications harnessing vibrational-coupled thin film fluidics
J Britton, SB Dalziel, CL Raston
– RSC Advances
(2015)
5,
1655
Stratified external mixing at moderate Richardson number
J Olsthoorn, SB Dalziel
– Proceedings - 15th European Turbulence Conference, ETC 2015
(2015)
Segregation effects in granular collapses
JS Caplan, S Tunyasuvunakool, SB Dalziel, NM Vriend
– Geomechanics from Micro to Macro, Vols I and II
(2014)
2,
1559
Efficient mixing in stratified flows: Experimental study of a Rayleigh-Taylor unstable interface within an otherwise stable stratification
MS Davies Wykes, SB Dalziel
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
(2014)
756,
1027
Bursting water balloons
HM Lund, SB Dalziel
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
(2014)
756,
771
Unstably Stratified Homogeneous Turbulence as a Tool for Turbulent Mixing Modeling
J Griffond, BJ Gréa, O Soulard
– Journal of Fluids Engineering
(2014)
136,
Special issue on the 13th International Workshop on the Physics of Compressible Turbulent Mixing
D Drikakis, DL Youngs, RJR Williams, O Schilling, S Dalziel
– Journal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
(2014)
136,
090201
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Research Group

Environmental and Industrial Fluid Dynamics

Room

H0.11

Telephone

01223 337911