about the Thermofluids group

The Thermofluids Group is concerned with the science of fluid flows, particularly their energy content and its transport in such flows.

The topic has two primary sections: thermodynamics (the flow or conversion of heat energy into other forms) and fluid dynamics (how fluids move and the forces on them).

It is a mathematically complex subject, but huge progress is being made in numerical techniques and modelling which are referred to as computational fluid dynamics.

The group also covers instrumentation, such as high-response miniature probes and non-intrusive optical techniques such as particle image velocimetry.

The main themes of the Thermofluids Group are: 

  • Fluid mechanics of energy transfer processes
  • Fluid mechanics of turbomachinery
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Heat exchange systems
  • Measurement of heat and flow
  • Thermodynamic cycle developments
  • Emissions

The Thermofluids Group aims to:

  • Provide a focus and network to identify and promote the key developments in the area
  • Provide a programme of events which promotes technology transfer, the exchange of information and the spread of understanding and best practice 
  • Enhance the perception and respect for engineering and the continuing professional development of engineers

Thermofluids Group Board members

Chair: Paul Beard, University of Oxford
Vice Chair: Carola Koenig, Brunel University
David Bagshaw, Atkins Global
Vaughan Cole, Consultant
Mike Egan, National Nuclear Laboratory
Francesca Iudicellouk, Consultant
Brian R Haller, GE
Andrew Heyes, University of Strathclyde
Ed Naylor, Frazer Nash Consultancy
Chris Robinson, MMI Engineering
Colin Scrivener, Consultant
Mark Wilson, University of Leeds

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The board is recruiting new members to help generate new ideas with its learned society activities and to help with existing activities.

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