School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Hydrodynamics / Fluid Mechanics

Staff

W/Prof Liang Cheng

  • Scour and scour protections 
  • Numerical modelling of turbulent flows, hydrodynamic forces on structures, vortex-induced vibrations (VIV) and local scour below pipelines and around structures
  • Sediment transport processes
  • Non-linear wave forces on structures

A/Prof Tongming Zhou

  • Wind and water tunnel testing. Flow measurement using hot-wire and PIV and force measurements of various structures in steady and oscillatory flows
  • Experimental fluid mechanics using hot wire anemometers, LDA and PIV
  • Vortex shedding from single/multiple bluff bodies for the application in vortex-induced vibrations
  • Control of flow-induced-vibrations using passive methods

Dr. Hongwei An

  • Numerical simulation of interaction between oscillatory flow and a circular cylinder

Dr. Scott Draper

  • Fluid Mechanics in Offshore Engineering
  • Subsea pipeline/structure scour and stability
  • Hydrodynamics of floating bodies
  • Marine Energy Resource Assessment (Wave and Tidal)

Dr. Feifei Tong

  • Numerical analyses of flow transition around cylindrical structures
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of hydrodynamics

Numerical results of flow past a sub-sear vertical cylinder Numerical results of flow past a sub-sear vertical cylinder.

Our research is specialised in the area of Computation Fluid Dynamics and Experimental Fluid Mechanics.

Main research interests

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Physical and numerical modelling of seabed erosion and scour problems
  • Seabed morphology in large oceanic area
  • Fluid/seabed interactions
  • Fluid/structure interactions
  • Vortex shedding from single/multiple bluff bodies for the application in vortex-induced vibrations
  • Control of flow-induced-vibrations using passive methods
  • Physical modelling of 2D and 3D sloshing on a 6DOF hexapod
  • Experimental fluid mechanics using hot wire anemometers, LDA and PIV

Facilities, testing and consulting services

In our laboratories, we have the following testing facilities: (1) Large and small O-tube facilities; (2) wind tunnel; (3) water flume and oscillator and (4) 6-DOF motion platform (hexapod). These facilities can be used for research as well as for consulting services to industries.  

The laboratories are equipped with state-of-art measurement devices such as hot-wire anemometer, ADV, 5W laser, PIV, laser profilers, high accuracy and fast response pressure and force transducers.

We have developed Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) packages that can be used in research and consulting projects. The packages developed so far include SCOUR-2D, SCOUR-MPI-3D, RANS-2D and RANS-MPI-3D.

SCOUR-2D and SCOUR-3D are two-dimensional and three-dimensional local scour simulation programs respectively that are able to simulate local scour around various structures under steady currents, waves and combined waves and currents conditions.

RANS-2D and RANS-MPI-3D are two-dimensional and three-dimensional Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes equation solvers respectively that are able to simulate hydrodynamic forces on slender objects and vortex-induced vibrations of pipelines and risers subject to steady flows.

Projects

 

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