Fluids Engineering MPhil/PhD

Major code: EGPR/EGMR

About us

Fluids Engineering in Liverpool

We are a group of engineers with an interest in the mechanics of flowing fluids. Our work extends from basic science to applied research, covering a wide spectrum from CFD method development; transition, turbulence and drag reduction; aerodynamics; soft matter including non-Newtonian fluid flows and rheology; tidal stream turbines; multiphase flows and droplet dynamics. 

Dr. Volfango Bertola’s research interests cover multiphase flows, complex fluid systems (polymer melts and solutions, gels, particles and colloidal suspensions, foams and emulsions), thermodynamics and heat transfer. His achievements include the explanation of the physical mechanism of dynamic wetting in dilute polymer solutions, and the introduction of a dimensionless number to characterise the competition between the Laplace pressure and the yield stress in viscoplastic fluids.

Dr David Dennis’ research interests lie in the field of experimental fluid mechanics. In particular he is interested in the fundamental nature of wall-bounded turbulent flows, such as boundary layers, pipe and channel flows. The focus of his research in this area is on large-scale motions (coherent structures). His work utilises advanced experimental techniques and laser diagnostics in particular.

Dr Mark Johnson’s primary research goal is the understanding of turbulence generation mechanisms which will enable accurate prediction of turbulent losses and also the development of effective methods for turbulent drag reduction e.g. on aircraft. This work has led to expertise in the development of innovative CFD methods and advanced experimental data analysis.

Dr Rob Poole has interests in two key areas. He has published widely in the area of non-Newtonian fluid mechanics. Experimental work has been concerned with the effect of the addition of high molecular weight polymer solutions to high Reynolds number turbulent flows (so-called “drag reducing” fluids) and also the instabilities that arise at very low Reynolds numbers for very viscous viscoelastic fluids and the route to what is called “elastic turbulence” (which is a turbulent like flow in the total absence of inertia i.e. in the limit of very low Reynolds numbers). This latter work on purely elastic instabilities, has been complemented by extensive numerical simulations. Dr Poole also has interests in the fluid mechanics of tidal stream turbines and, in particular, the effect of realistic flow conditions on their performance.

School of Engineering

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HELIFLIGHT-R (foreground) and HELIFLIGHT (background) simulators

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Internal view of HELIFLIGHT-R

School of Engineering

The School of Engineering at the University of Liverpool has a reputation of producing top quality engineering graduates who are highly sought after by the leading employers in the industry.

The School of Engineering 's academic staff are experts in Aerospace, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

We run MSc and MRes programmes in areas such as:

  • Manufacturing
  • Lasers
  • Product Design
  • Materials
  • Aerospace Simulation
  • Sustainable Civil Engineering (Maritime and Structural) Mechanical Systems Engineering.

Following a £36 million refurbishment we can offer you state of the art research laboratories. Equipment includes rapid prototyping machines, a range of lasers, two research quality flight simulators and a civil structures laboratory.

The renovation also created a unique active learning laboratory which provides open plan space for student team projects, alongside a workshop equipped with rapid prototyping machines for student use. Research students are based in open plan accommodation close to the academic staff offices

Our approach to postgraduate teaching at Liverpool emphasises two things:

  • providing students with the skills and experience they need to become effective engineers. This includes training in areas such as team working, as well as time with our industrial partners wherever possible.
  • making sure our  programmes align with the research expertise of our staff, whilst also listening to what our students want and need.


Research in the school is organised into three Centres. These are:

  • The Centre for Materials and Structures
  • The Centre for Engineering Dynamics
  • The Centre for Engineering Sustainability

Our MSc programmes are each associated with one Centre to ensure that the teaching is supported and developed within the context of leading edge research.

The School is a centre of excellence for engineering research and has a well deserved reputation for its experimental and computing facilities. You'll use many of these in the course of your postgraduate programme.