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Prof Ian Wilson

Prof Ian Wilson

Professor of Soft Solids and Surfaces (CEB)


Specialist research areas

Biological Fluid Dynamics:

 

Flow-vessel interactions


Boundary Layers:

 

Pipe flow boundary layer


Complex Fluids:

 

Colloids

    • foods and soft solids: viscoelastic and viscoplastic: rheology, processing, modelling

Emulsions

Foams

    • bubbly liquids - experiments and rheology

Granular media

    • particle technology

Suspensions

    • dense and very dense suspensions; pastes; viscoplastic fluids. Experiments, process modelling and rheology.

Convection:

 

Convection in porous media


Geophysical Flows:

 

Magma and lava flow

    • bubbly liquids - experiments, rheology, modelling; viscoplastic fluids

Interfacial Flows:

 

Contact lines

Liquid bridges

Thin films

    • liquid jets impinging on surfaces: experiments, process modelling.

Materials Processing Flows:

 

Coating

Polymer processing


Mathematical Foundations:

 

Computational methods

    • user of CFD: development of coupled fluid-particle models for very dense suspensions.

General fluid mechanics

Navier-Stokes equations


Mixing:

 

Granular mixing


Multiphase and Particle-laden Flows:

 

Particle/fluid flow

    • highly dense suspensions (primarily experiments)

Non-Newtonian Flows:

 

Plastic materials

    • experiments, rheology, process modelling, development of new experimental technqiues

Polymers

    • experiments, rheology, process modelling, development of new experimental technqiues

Rheology

    • experiments, rheology, process modelling, development of new experimental technqiues

Viscoelasticity

    • experiments, rheology, process modelling, development of new experimental technqiues

Phase Change:

 

Solidification/melting

    • fouling and cleaning on heat transfer surfaces: coupled fluid/layer flows

Turbulent Flows:

 

Turbulence simulation


Wakes/Jets:

 

Jets

    • liquid jets impinging on surfaces: experiments, process modelling

Waves/Free-surface Flows:

 

Capillary waves

    • interest in liquid flows created by impinging jets (with Stuart Dalziel and Julien Landel)

Hydraulics

Solitary waves

    • interest in liquid flows created by impinging jets (with Stuart Dalziel and Julien Landel)

Surface gravity waves waves

    • interest in liquid flows created by impinging jets (with Stuart Dalziel and Julien Landel)

Departments and Institutes

Chemical Engineering (CEB):

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Application Areas

 

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Energy

    • Biofuels
    • Fossil fuels
    • Hydrogen
    • Nuclear
    • Renewables

Manufacturing

    • Chemicals & materials
    • Food & drink
    • Hi-tech
    • Pharmaceutical

Processing

    • Drying
    • Fouling & cleaning

Techniques

 

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Analytical

Physically-based

    • Dimensional analysis
    • Empirical modelling
    • Reduced models

Approximate methods

    • Perturbation techniques

Numerical

Localised elements

    • Finite element modelling

Particle-based methods

    • Discrete element modelling

Experimental

Experimental scales

    • Micro-/nano-scale
    • Lab-scale
    • In situ testing
    • Field experiment

Measurement techniques

    • Hot-wire anemometry
    • PIV
    • High-speed video capture
    • Light absorption

Visualization techniques

    • Tracer injection
    • Fluorescence
    • MRI

Data analysis techniques

    • Image processing