The Continuum Mechanics Group in Birmingham is studying various flow phenomena, in particular those related with bubbles, drops, jets and flows in porous media, motivated by both curiosity and industrial applications.
A list of recent grants obtained by the Group can be found on the grants page. Previous PhD students in the Continuum Mechanics Group, together with their theses, can be found on the previous PhD students page.
Head of Continuum Mechanics Group
Dr Wang's current research is mainly on physical, mathematical and computational studies on bubble dynamics in compressible and viscous liquid, cavitation generation, drug delivery using microbubbles and ultrasound, ultrasound cavitation cleaning, and sonochemistry.
Dr Leppinen has extensive experience applying mathematics to examine industrial processes. He is currently studying the dynamics of free surface flows, particularly the compressible and incompressible dynamics of bubbles and droplets.
Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics
Dr Meyer's research is in the field of analysis of nonlinear differential equations and is interested in the following areas: reaction-diffusion theory, maximum principles, quasi-linear parabolic partial differential equations, chemical reaction modelling.
Professor of Applied Mathematics
Professor Shikhmurzaev researches fluid mechanics, free-boundary problems, capillary flows (dynamic wetting, fluid motion with transitions in the topology of the flow domain), singularities in the mathematical models of natural phenomena, two-phase flows in porous media, and interaction of continuous media with electromagnetic field.
Dr Smith researches perturbation theory, strongly nonlinear analysis and acoustic cavitation.
Lecturer in Applied Mathematics
Dr Tzella's work studies how tracers (e.g. pollutants) evolve in idealised fluid and porous flows. This uses mathematical and computational methods to develop models that provide better descriptions and predictions of the concentrations in various situations, with emphasis on environmental issues like the distribution of plankton species in the ocean and contaminants in groundwater aquifers.
Lecturer in Applied Mathematics
Dr Uddin's primary area of interest is Fluid Mechanics and in particular the stability of flows with a free surface. He also has an interest in investigating non-Newtonian flows with applications to industry.
Research and Teaching Fellows
Research Fellow in Fluid Dynamics
Callan Corbett is a Research Fellow in applied mathematics.
Collaboration links include:
- School of Dentistry, University of Birmingham
- University of Oxford
- University of Cambridge
- Imperial College London
- University of Warwick
- University of Bristol
- Queen Mary University
- University of Dundee
- University of Leicester
- Indian Statistical Institute (Kolkata)
- Indian Institute of Technology Madras (Chennai)
- Moscow State University (Russia)
- Nanyang Technological University Singapore
- Dalian University of Technology, China
- Harbin Engineering University, China
- Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, China
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
- Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- University of South Florida (USA)
- University of Minnesota (USA)
- University of Colorado, USA
- Schlumberger Cambridge Research
- US Air Force Office of Scientific Research