A research partnership for micro and nano scale fluid flows

This research partnership is training engineers and developing new computational tools in the multiscale fluid dynamics that is needed for emerging technologies that leverage physicochemical effects from the nanoscale to the macroscale.

Examples of multiscale technologies include: controlling nano-bubble cavitation to treat cancer; nano-filtering seawater to make it drinkable for water-stressed populations; and nanostructured coatings to reduce the accretion of ice on sea vessels.

This work represents a revolution in simulation for design across different materials and multiple length and time scales.


The technological applications we are investigating include:

  • ultra-high heat flux cooling using evaporating liquid/vapour interfaces from a nanofluidic hierarchical wick structure
  • inhibition of ice formation, and reduction of ice adhesion, on nanostructured surfaces
  • acoustothermal atomisation of water nanofilms and droplets
  • fast granular/gas flows in pneumatic conveyors and circulating fluidised bed reactors
  • urban pedestrian and traffic dynamics
  • nanotube membranes for ultra-efficient filtration and desalination
  • dense gas flows in geological reservoirs

All these applications have one thing in common: the overall system behaviour depends strongly on the interactions of the individual system components.


We are a research partnership of three institutions in the UK:

  • University of Warwick
  • University of Edinburgh
  • STFC Daresbury Laboratory

We work on technological applications with a number of companies:

  • Akzo Nobel Coatings International BV
  • Nokia Bell Labs, Ireland
  • European Space Agency
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • TotalSim Ltd
  • Waters Corporation

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