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Prof Paul Linden

Prof Paul Linden

G I Taylor Professor Emeritus of Fluid Mechanics (DAMTP)

Office Phone: (01223) 337890

Specialist research areas


Buoyancy-driven instability

    • Rayleigh-Taylor instability

Double diffusive convection

    • salt fingers and diffusive convection


    • plume properties, applications to atmospheric convection, building ventilation

Taylor–Couette flow

    • stratified Taylor-Couette

Geophysical Flows:

Atmospheric flows

    • convection, wind-driven ventilation

Baroclinic flows

    • fronts, frontal instabilities, eddies, baroclinic instability

Geostrophic turbulence

    • turbulence in rotating, stratified fluids

Gravity currents

    • models, lab experiments, effects of stratification, intrusions, mixing efficiency, effects of topography

Internal waves

    • generation by turbulence


    • dynamics of strong convective storms, microbursts, sea breeze

Mixing and dispersion

    • mixing efficiency, lab experiments on a range of different flows, identification of mixing events

Ocean processes

    • coastal ocean processes, river inflow, tidal stirring

Rotating flows

    • lab experiments on baroclinic flows and instabilities, fronts, vortices

Stratified flows

    • turbulence and mixing


Turbulent mixing

    • stratified turbulence and mixing efficiency

Phase Change:


    • phase change materials in buildings

Turbulent Flows:

Shear layer turbulence

    • stratified shear flows, inclined duct experiments

Stratified turbulence

    • source-sink driven turbulence, inclined duct and mixing box experiments

Turbulent convection

    • plumes, thermals, jets and fountains

Wave-turbulence interactions

    • internal wave generation by turbulence

Vortex Flows:

Vortex instability

    • instability of baroclinic vortices



    • turbulent jets and forced and angled plumes

Departments and Institutes

Applied Maths (DAMTP):


Collaborators outside this directory

Application Areas


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    • built environment
    • industrial hazards & safety
    • pollution

Natural world

    • oceans
    • weather & climate



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