Fluids Engineering MPhil/PhD

Major code: EGPR/EGMR


Fluids Engineering in Liverpool is home to world-class researchers in the fields of fluid mechanics and soft matter.

Subject Overview

Our areas of interest are broad and cover a range of activities including: 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. In particular:

Wall-bounded turbulent flows, such as boundary layers, pipe and channel flows using advanced experimental techniques, such as stereoscopic PIV measurements, to study fundamental features of the complex turbulent flow with the purpose to optimise mixing, heat transfer, and frictional drag in industrial applications.

Drop impact dynamics and capillary breakup of complex fluids, such as polymer solutions or gels, and concentrated colloidal suspensions with applications in food processing, inkjet printing or manufacturing, dispensing systems.

The Fluids Engineering group also has a strong expertise in the rheology and fluid dynamics of complex fluids, such as polymer solutions and melts, surfactant solutions, colloidal particle suspensions, foams, emulsions, gels and pastes, with applications in process engineering, biopharmaceuticals, home and personal care products, food, and cosmetics.

Further information

Detailed information on our research in Fluids Engineering can be found at our individual webpages; Dr Volfango Bertola, Dr David Dennis, Dr Mark Johnson and Dr Rob Poole.

Key Facts

Funded research
Our research is funded by the EU, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Our 2011-12 funding exceeds £0.75m.

Our results are published widely in high impact-factor journals such as Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physical Review Letters and Nature Communications.

Why Fluids Engineering in Liverpool?


We have an exceptional range of cutting-edge and world-class research facilities and laboratories housed in the main Campus of the University of Liverpool. Our main laboratory includes state of the art experimental facilities such as rotational and extensional rheometers, De Nouy/Wilhelmy and bubble pressure tensiometers, particle image velocimetry, laser Doppler anemometry, intensified high-speed imaging (up to 100,000 fps), particle size analysis, extrusion/dispensing test facilities. Experimental research is complemented by numerical simulations running on a high-performance computer cluster.

Breadth of Study

In addition to a strong research component, postgraduate study in Fluids Engineering in Liverpool offers training to address the needs of future professional engineers. The collaborative nature of research helps develop professional skills such as team working and leadership, interaction of specialists in other disciplines, coordination of joint activities, presentation in various forms and general communication. Students are encouraged to attend and present their work at conferences in their field. Further oral and poster presentations are organised in the School of Engineering as formal requirements of the degree and parts of activities within research centres and research groups. Written reports, at the ends of the first and year years, form another integral part of the study and provide opportunities to assess progress and handle delays.


Our research in fluids engineering benefits from a high level of collaboration with world-leading academics at Universities throughout the globe. Our network of collaborators include researchers in the UK, Europe, Brazil and the USA.