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Prof Colm-cille Caulfield

Prof Colm-cille Caulfield

Professor of Environmental and Industrial Fluid Dynamics (BPI, DAMTP)


Specialist research areas

Convection:

 

Plumes/thermals

    • plume models, time-dependent effects, nonlinear mixing

Taylor-Couette flow

    • stratified Taylor-Couette flow, mixing & transition

Flow Control:

 

Instability control

    • nonlinear flow stabilisation using adjoint methods

Mixing enhancement

    • optimising mixing using adjoint methods

Geophysical Flows:

 

Internal waves

    • stability of internal waves

Mixing and dispersion

    • stratified mixing

Ocean processes

    • parameterisation of small-scale oceanic mixing

Stratified flows

    • instability, transition and mixing in stratified shear flows

Instability:

 

Nonlinear instability

    • nonlinear instability identification using adjoint methods

Transition to turbulence

    • minimal seeds and subcritical transition using adjoint methods

Mathematical Foundations:

 

Variational methods

    • direct-adjoint methods for generalised stability theory

Mixing:

 

Turbulent mixing

    • stratified mixing in Taylor-Couette flow, turbulent mixing induced by shear instabilities

Turbulent Flows:

 

Shear layer turbulence

    • transition

Stratified turbulence

    • transition and mixing

Vortex Flows:

 

Vortex shedding

    • vortex shedding around flapping structures/propulsion and energy extraction