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My doctoral thesis was centred on the flow of droplets of supercooled water (freezing fog) around obstacles, specifically building components. It was required to predict the deposition of ice upon these objects. It was this ice accretion which led to the collapse of Emley Moor mast. Methods used included the then novel Boundary Integral Method.
I have also had dealings with Dislocation Theory and Finite Element Methods in relation to Stress Analysis and Fracture Mechanics, mainly in connection with the nuclear industry, modelling the stresses around growing cracks in nuclear pressure vessels.
I Have also undertaken study and supervision in the areas of groundwater contamination and river pollution, using finite element and other mathematical modelling techniques.
I have an interest in all types of application of computational mathematics, including heat transfer, aerodynamics, groundwater flow, stress analysis, and electrostatics.
Current research is focussed on the design and analysis of an ecologically sound hull for boats on inland waterways. Such a hull consumes less fuel, produces less backwash and does less harm to banks and the wildlife whose habitat they are.
I am currently seeking an able PhD student to advance research in the design, analysis and testing of an eco-hull for narrowboats using inland waterways, principally canals and navigations in the UK. A suitable candidate would be well versed in computational fluid dynamics and would have, or be willing to acquire, a working knowledge of boats and the terminology of boating.
Foundation Maths NPM4005
Advanced Energy Systems NHM2405