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Fluids & Heat Transfer

The Fluids & Heat Transfer group conducts research on experimental, numerical and theoretical modelling and analysis of fluid dynamics, heat transfer and thermodynamics. Our research activities cover a wide range of interdependent disciplines ranging from energy system technologies, electronics thermal management, manufacturing processes to fundamental research in thermal energy transport and active flow control. The current research focuses on the heat transfer and fluid dynamics of large scale to micro scale impinging liquid, air, mist, swirl, pulsating and synthetic jets, two-phase flow, electrohydrodynamics, thermocapillary convection, nucleate boiling heat transfer and heat pipe technology.

Group Leaders

Current Research Projects

Past Research Projects

Research Staff and Students

Name Position Tel. Email
Prof. Darina Murray Professor +353 1 896 1129 [javascript protected email address]
Dr. Tony Robinson Associate Professor +353 1 896 3919 [javascript protected email address]
Dr. Tim Persoons Assistant Professor +353 1 896 1936 [javascript protected email address]
Dr. Seamus O'Shaughnessy Ussher Assistant Professor +353 1 896 1778 [javascript protected email address]
Mr. Gerry Byrne Experimental Officer +353 1 896 3523 [javascript protected email address]
Dr. Sajad Alimohammadi Postdoctoral Research Fellow +353 1 896 1034 [javascript protected email address]
Dr. Nicolas Baudin Postdoctoral Research Fellow +353 1 896 3038 [javascript protected email address]
Dr. Maxime Rouzes Postdoctoral Research Fellow +353 1 896 3038 [javascript protected email address]
Dr. Thomas Lupton Postdoctoral Research Fellow +353 1 896 3038 [javascript protected email address]
Dr. Assel Sakanova Postdoctoral Research Fellow +353 1 896 1034 [javascript protected email address]
Dr. Kate Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow +353 1 896 1034 [javascript protected email address]
Mr. Maurice Deasy Postgraduate Research Student +353 1 896 3038 [javascript protected email address]
Mr. Richard Blythman Postgraduate Research Student +353 1 896 2978 [javascript protected email address]
Mr. Munir Eraghubi Postgraduate Research Student +353 1 896 1034 [javascript protected email address]
Mr. Jaakko McEvoy Postgraduate Research Student +353 1 896 3038 [javascript protected email address]
Mr. Richard Jenkins Postgraduate Research Student +353 1 896 3038 [javascript protected email address]
Mr. Rick Cressall Naughton Ph.D. Fellow [javascript protected email address]

Alumni and Visiting Researchers

Name Position
Dr. Eoin Fanning Aerodynamics Engineer, Dyson
Dr. Michael Gibbons Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Toronto
Dr. Alan McGuinn R&D Engineer, Medtronic
Dr. Cian Quinn Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff, Dyson
Dr. Rudi O'Reilly Meehan Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff, Nokia Bell Labs Ireland
Dr. Roger Kempers Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, York University (formerly: Alcatel-Lucent Wireless)
Dr. Peter De Bock ‎Senior Electronics Cooling Researcher, GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY
Dr. Arup Kumar Das Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Dr. Pierre Valiorgue Assistant Professor (Maître de Conférences), Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
Dr. Brian Donnelly Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff, Nokia Bell Labs Ireland
Dr. Tadhg O'Donovan Lecturer, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Equipment and Facilities

Major Equipment
  • 1 high-speed stereoscopic (3-component) particle image velocimetry (PIV) system, based on a Quantronix DarwinDuo high repetition rate double-pulsed Nd:YLF laser and 2 Photron Fastcam SA1 CMOS high-speed cameras
  • 1 high-speed PIV system, based on an Oxford Lasers high repetition rate single cavity pulsed diode laser and NAC high-speed cameras
  • 1 low-speed PIV system, based on a New Wave Solo-II PIV double-pulsed Nd:YAG laser and PCO Sensicam CCD camera (shared with FAV research group)
  • 1 Two-component Dantec laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV) system (shared with FAV research group)
  • Multichannel constant temperature and constant current hot-wire/film anemometry systems, for fast response velocity, turbulence, fluid temperature and surface heat flux measurements
  • Several multichannel and modular 16/24-bit data acquisition system
  • 1 high-speed FLIR infrared thermal imaging camera (SC6000HS) and rapid data storage system
  • 2 FLIR research grade infrared thermal imaging cameras (A40M)
  • Several portable FLIR infrared thermal imaging cameras
  • Liquid crystal thermography system
  • Several full-colour high speed video camera systems
  • Digital gas mass flow meters and controllers
  • Water cooled dynamic pressure transducers
  • Five species exhaust gas analyser
  • RTD based temperature calibrator
  • IR pyrometers and 2 black-body calibrators
  • Highly accurate mass balances
Test Facilities
  • Medium and small scale closed-loop water tunnel flow measurement facilities
  • Medium and small scale open-loop wind tunnel flow measurement facilities (shared with FAV research group)
  • 3 instrumented internal combustion engine dynamometer test stands
  • Unsteady combustion test facility
  • Monitored high temperature air flow loop (up to 500 °C)
  • Heat pipe fabrication and testing facilities
  • Bench top hydronic central heating test bed
  • 2 two-phase flow and heat transfer test facilities
  • 4 jet impingement heat transfer test facilities (liquid/air/mist)
  • Tube bundle heat transfer test facility
  • Shakers for dynamic testing of model scale and full scale structures and components
  • 3D rapid prototype systems
  • Micro-machining test bed
Computing & Software
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics: Ansys CFX, FLUENT, in-house code
  • Particle image velocimetry: Lavision Davis, in-house code
  • Computer-aided design and finite element analysis: PTC CREO, Ansys
  • Data analysis and simulation: Mathworks Matlab, Simulink
  • Data acquisition and control: National Instruments LabView, Arduino
  • Access to Trinity Centre for High Performance Computing (see details on www.tchpc.tcd.ie/resources/clusters)
  • Design lab with 20+ Dell Precision workstations
  • General computing lab with 25+ Dell Optiplex computers