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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

Bedload transport by a vertical jet impinging upon sediments
BR Sutherland, S Dalziel
– Physics of Fluids
(2014)
26,
035103
Cleaning of viscous droplets on an inclined planar surface using film flows
JR Landel, AL Thomas, H McEvoy, SB Dalziel
– Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014
(2014)
275
Editorial
D Drikakis, DL Youngs, RJR Williams, O Schilling, S Dalziel
– IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
(2014)
45,
457
The evolution of a stratified turbulent cloud
A Maffioli, PA Davidson, SB Dalziel, N Swaminathan
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
(2013)
739,
229
Evolution of the leading-edge vortex over an accelerating rotating wing
Y Elimelech, D Kolomenskiy, SB Dalziel, HK Moffatt
– Procedia IUTAM
(2013)
7,
233
Laboratory Modeling
SB Dalziel
(2012)
2,
443
Resuspension onset and crater erosion by a vortex ring interacting with a particle layer
N Bethke, SB Dalziel
– Physics of Fluids
(2012)
24,
063301
The structure of low-Froude-number lee waves over an isolated obstacle
SB Dalziel, MD Patterson, CP Caulfield, S Le Brun
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
(2011)
689,
3
Rayleigh–Taylor mixing in an otherwise stable stratification
AGW Lawrie, SB Dalziel
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
(2011)
688,
507
The twists and turns of rotating turbulence
SB Dalziel
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
(2011)
666,
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Research Group

Environmental and Industrial Fluid Dynamics

Room

H0.11

Telephone

01223 337911