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Fluid Mechanics and Fire Behavior

Several research initiatives in the Fluid Mechanics and Fire Behavior Group focus on experimental and analytical investigation into a broad class of fluid mechanics problems.

Current projects underway relate to measurements and modeling of complex turbulent shear flows, environmental flows and reacting turbulent flows. The detailed physics of these flows is studied using a combination of advanced experimental techniques and computational fluid dynamics.

Professor Elizabeth Weckman, and Professor C. Devaud study Fire Behavior in the state-of-the-art Fire Facility Labs at the University of Waterloo. Professors Li, Dongging and Carolyn Ren conduct advanced research in microfluidics and are actively involved with research in  engineering. Professor F-S Lien’s research involves Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and turbulence models for 3D flows. 

General fields of application of the research programs include air pollution modeling, manufacturing processes, and industrial fluid mechanics, combustion processes, and power systems.

Group professors

Devaud, C.

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Turbulent combustion modelling
  • Lifted flames
  • Auto-ignition
  • Buoyant plumes

Hamdullahpur, F.

  • Energy Conversion Systems
  • Fluidized Beds: Hydrodynamics and Combustion
  • Hydrodynamics of Gas-solid Two-Phase Flow Systems
  • Cyclone Modeling
  • Fluidized Bed Drying
  • Fluidized Bed gasification of Bio-mass
  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Johnson D.A.

  • Development and Application of Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) to Flows
  • Measurement Techniques for Internal Flows
  • Turbulent Recirculating Flows
  • Jet and Nozzle Flows
  • Development and Application of Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) to Flows
  • Wind Energy and Wind Turbines
  • Large Scale PIV and Measurement Techniques
  • Incompressible Flow Turbomachinery (Turbines, Fans and Pumps)

Li, Dongqing

  • Microfluidics and Nanofluidics
  • Lab-on-a-Chip
  • Interfacial Phenomena

Lien, Fue-Sang

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Turbulence Modeling
  • Wind Engineering and Dispersion
  • Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics

Peterson, S.

  • Biological Fluid Dynamics
  • Fluid/Structure Interaction
  • Vortex Dynamics
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Optical Diagnostic Methods for Fluid Mechanics

Ren, C.L.

  • Lab-on-a-Chip design, fabrication and characterization
  • Micro-scale fluid mechanics
  • Nanofluidics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Stubley, G.D.

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Adaptive meshing technology
  • Engineering Education
  • Engineering fluid mechanics

Weckman, E.J.

  • Reacting Turbulent Flows: Fires and Fire Modeling, Pool Fire Research
  • Stability Considerations in Turbulent Flows
  • Development of Improved Diagnostic Techniques for use in Reacting and Non-Reacting Flows

Yarusevych, S

  • Experimental Fluid Dynamics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Low Reynolds Number Flows
  • Wind Turbines
  • Flow Control

Adjunct profes​sors

Strong, A.B.
Watts, J.M