Mechanical Engineering

Prof Stavroula Balabani

Prof Stavroula Balabani

Professor of Fluid Mechanics

Dept of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
7th Mar 2011

Research summary

Stavroula has expertise in flow measurement techniques, vortex dynamics, separated and bluff body flows and flow instabilities. Her current research interests concentrate on vortex induced vibrations and associated wake modes as well as vortex reactors such as Taylor Couette devices.

Over the last five years, she has also developed a strong interest in biofluids activity: she has been working with protein chemists to monitor shear induced conformational changes of proteins in situ and is currently developing microfluidic techniques to study the behaviour of human blood in the microvasculuture and in the presence of red blood cell aggregation. Stavroula has received funding from EPSRC, the European Union and more recently TSB and her research has appeared in some of the most prestigious fluid mechanics and biophysical journals.


Stavroula obtained a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1989. After a brief career in industry, she joined King’s College London in 1993 as a Research Assistant to work on an EU funded project investigating the effects of fouling on heat exchangers in lignite utility boilers. She was awarded the PhD in 1996 and was appointed as a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at King’s College London in the same year. During her PhD studies she applied optical diagnostic techniques such as LDA and liquid crystal thermography to resolve the flow and heat transfer characteristics of model tube bundle heat exchangers. She also worked closely with CFD modellers and the power generation industry in order to understand and predict ash fouling. Stavroula was promoted to Senior Lecturer and Reader in 2005 and 2009 respectively. She also led the fluids group (ECLAT) from October 2009 until her departure from King’s in March 2011 to join UCL as a Reader in Thermofluids.