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EPSRC Reference: EP/L016230/1
Title: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics across Scales
Principal Investigator: Papadakis, Professor G
Other Investigators:
van Wachem, Professor B G M Leschziner, Professor M Matar, Professor OK
Weinberg, Professor PD van Reeuwijk, Professor M Papageorgiou, Professor D
Jackson, Professor MD
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Airbus Operations Limited Aircraft Research Association Ltd BAE Systems
BP Cameron Flow Control Technology (UK) Ltd Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL
McLaren Group nVIDIA Procter & Gamble
Rolls-Royce Plc (UK) Schlumberger Siemens
Total E&P UK PLC UK Aerodynamics
Department: Aeronautics
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Centre for Doctoral Training
Starts: 01 April 2014 Ends: 31 March 2023 Value (£): 4,283,614
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Aerodynamics Fluid Dynamics
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Chemicals
Environment Food and Drink
Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
23 Oct 2013 EPSRC CDT 2013 Interviews Panel B Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Our goal is to create a world-class Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)

in fluid dynamics. The CDT will be a partnership between the

Departments of Aeronautics, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering,

Civil Engineering, Earth Science and Engineering, Mathematics, and

Mechanical Engineering. The CDT's uniqueness stems from training

students in a broad, cross-disciplinary range of areas, supporting

three key pillars where Imperial is leading internationally and in the

UK: aerodynamics, micro-flows, and fluid-surface interactions, with

emphasis on multi-scale physics and on connections among them,

allowing the students to understand the commonalities underlying

disparate phenomena and to exploit them in their research on emerging

and novel technologies. The CDT's training will integrate

theoretical, experimental and computational approaches as well as

mathematical and modelling skills and will engage with a wide range of

industrial partners who will contribute to the training, the research

and the outreach. A central aspect of the training will focus on the

different phenomena and techniques across scales and their


Aerodynamics and fluid dynamics are CDT priority areas classified as

"Maintain" in the Shaping Capabilities landscape. They are of key

importance to the UK economy (see 'Impact Summary in the Je-S form')

and there currently is a high demand for, but a real dearth of,

doctoral-level researchers with sufficient fundamental understanding

of the multi-scale nature of fluid flows, and with numerical,

experimental, and professional skills that can immediately be used

within various industrial settings. Our CDT will address these urgent

training needs through a broad exposure to the multi-faceted nature of

the aerodynamics and fluid mechanics disciplines; formal training in

research methodology; close interaction with industry; training in

transferable skills; a tight management structure (with an external

advisory board, and quality-assurance procedures based on a monitoring

framework and performance indicators); and public engagement


The proposed CDT aligns perfectly with Imperial's research strategy

and vision and has its full support. The CDT will leverage the

research excellence of the 60 participating academics across Imperial,

demonstrated by a high proportion of internationally-leading

researchers (among whom are 15 FREng, and, 4 FRS), 5*-rated (RAE)

departments, and a fluid dynamics research income of 93M pounds sinde

2008 (with about 32% from industry) including a number of EPSRC-funded

Programme Grants in fluid dynamics (less than 4 or 5 in the UK) and a

number of ERC Advanced Investigator Grants in fluid dynamics (less

than about 7 across Europe). The CDT will also leverage our existing

world-class training infra-structure, featuring numerous pre-doctoral

training programmes, high-performance computing and laboratory

facilities, fluid dynamic-specific seminar series, and our outstanding

track-record in training doctoral students and in graduate

employability. The Faculty of Engineering has also committed to the

development of bespoke dedicated space which is important for

cohort-building activities, and the establishment of a fluids network

to strengthen inter-departmental collaborations for the benefit of the


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