UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Fluid Mechanics

Our research includes hydrodynamics in inland, estuarine, coastal and offshore waters, transport and mixing in the environment, fluvial hydraulics and airflow and pollution in urban areas


The UCL Fluid Mechanics Research Group’s aim is to engage in and promote activities within the broad disciplines of environmental fluid mechanics, fluvial hydrodynamics, coastal and offshore engineering fluid mechanics research themes and welcomes collaboration with industry and research institutions looking for partners. We have a number of physical facilities and numerical capabilities that could be of benefit to your activities.

Free-surface turbulent channel over low square bars
Free-surface turbulent channel flow over square bars: Turbulence structures are generated at the bars and affect the free-surface deformation


The Fluid Mechanics Research Group consists of permanent, visiting and honorary academics, postdoctoral research fellows, PhD students and visiting academics and researchers.

Academic Staff
Honorary and visiting staff

Professor Alan Brampton 
Professor John Harris
Dr Tim Pullen
Professor Richard Whitehouse

Research Fellows

Dr. Razieh Jalalabi


Research Themes 
  • Extreme waves and wave breaking
  • Wave-current interaction
  • Seabed scour around marine structures  
  • Fluvial hydro-morphology, hydraulics, flooding, hydraulic structures
  • Marine renewable energy, hydro turbines, tidal energy  
  • Fluid-structure interaction, flow-induced vibrations, fluid and elasticity  
  • Laboratory experimentation and computer simulations using Computational Fluid Dynamics  
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Air flow and pollution in urban areas

Ocean Towing Tank
Ocean Towing Tank


Laboratory Facilities in Civil Engineering

Wave-current flume – 14m x 0.45m x 0.5m:
Piston-type wave makers at both ends; Umax=0.5m/s
Reversing current flume – 10m x 0.3m x 0.3m:
Low turbulence flume – 10m x 0.5m x 0.3m
Wind tunnel – 6m x 1m x 0.8m

Laboratory Facilities in Mechanical Engineering

Ocean Towing Tank – 19.8m x 2.5m x 1.3m: 
7 flap-type wave makers; no current
Coastal flume – 20m x 1.2m x 1.0m: 
Piston-type wave maker at both ends

High Performance Computing Facilities 


To access publications from academic staff, please visit their UCL RPS/IRIS profiles: