About the Fluid Dynamics Group

The objective of the Fluid Dynamics group at QUT is to solve real-world problems using Computational methods (CFD) in traditional High Performance (HPC) and next gen ‘Cloud Computing’ environments. The Fluid Dynamics group aims to promote the application of CFD to design and optimisation to our industrial partners with the goal of preparing QUT’s real-world students for a more complex future.

The workgroup is focussed on engaging with the constant improvement of computer capabilities along with the improved numerical methods and techniques of leading edge CFD technologies. Modern CFD can be applied to relatively complex geometries. Despite the progress made, the solution of some highly complex fluid flows remains beyond the present capabilities and compromises between physics and numerics are still needed. This is especially true in the Fluid Dynamics workgroups areas of expertise: non-Newtonian flows, unsteady flows, coupled phenomena between fluid mechanics and other mechanisms (multi-phase flows and particle tracking, fluid structure interactions, optimization, and design under uncertainties, etc.).

The interdisciplinary nature of fluid dynamics, multiphysics, and multi-scale modelling has also lead to strong collaboration opportunities with the other disciplines within the LAMSES group, QUTs School of Mathematics and our industry and research partners in Australia and abroad.

The research work of the Fluid Dynamics group ranges from the design, application, and demonstration of novel computational technologies and frameworks to the analysis of complex flow. We address problems encountered in mechanical engineering, energy generation, industrial, heat and mass transfer and biomedical applications. Our group has a strong focus on emerging fields such as meshfree methods for bio-medical applications and has a number of in-house codes.

The research group has an important focus on real world problems such as particle modelling, through diverse applications from human lungs to heat exchangers and ventilation systems. To complement our Fluid Dynamics work and to provide robust and reliable design of mechanical systems under uncertainties, advanced non-intrusive spectral methods are developed and applied in collaboration with our international partners.

Fluid Dynamics Group Members

Dr. Emilie Sauret

Dr. Emilie Sauret is a Lecturer in the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering at QUT. After several years in the industry, she returned to academia in 2009. Her expertise includes Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), turbulence modelling, combustion, turbomachinery and fluid-structure interactions. Her current research interests include advanced numerical methods (uncertainty quantification, automated mesh, evolutionary algorithms, mesh-free CFD, multiphase flows) for low-temperature renewable power systems (turbine, heat exchangers, real fluids), and industry and environmental applications (particle transport and deposition, flow and heat transfer through porous media).

Dr. Suvash Saha

Dr. Suvash C. Saha is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, QUT. He received his PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics from James Cook University, Australia. He was an Assistant Professor at IBAIS University, Bangladesh before he moved to Australia for higher study. His current research interest is: Computational biomechanical engineering, particle deposition, penetration and clearance in the human lung, deformation of Red Blood Cell in the capillary, solar thermal energy technology, natural convection heat transfer in buildings and other confined geometries, scale analysis for the transient flow etc.He has over 75 international journal publications, 1 book, 9 book chapters and 50 international conference papers.

Mohammad Saidul Islam

Mr. Mohammad Saidul Islam received his Bachelor degree in Mathematics and M. Sc in Applied Mathematics from the Mathematics Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh. After obtaining his university degree, Mr. Islam joined as a lecturer of Mathematics at Hamdard University Bangladesh, Bangladesh. He is currently doing his PhD study under the supervision of Dr. Suvash C. Saha, Dr. Emilie Sauret, Prof. YuanTong Gu and Prof. Zoran Ristovski. His research interests include heat and mass transfer, curved duct flow, magneto hydrodynamics free convection and mass transfer flow and human lung modelling.

Sahan Kuruneru

Sahan Kuruneru received his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) degree from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is presently pursuing his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Emilie Sauret, Dr Suvash Saha, and Prof. YuanTong Gu at Queensland University of Technology. His current research interest is: adhesive micro-sized particulate flows, metal-foam heat exchangers in the renewable power industry, discrete element method (DEM). His project entails the utilization of FVM-DEM approach to simulate dust particulate deposition in metal foam based heat exchangers.

Christopher From

Chris received his Bachelors in Mechanical engineering from Queensland university of Technology. During Chris’s final year thesis project on real-gas turbulent swirling flows, he found a passion for research, in particular, research involving the dynamics of fluids and numerical methodology. Chris started pursuing his PhD early 2016, with particular interests in Magnetohydrodynamic microfluidics, Nonequilibrium flow and Lattice Boltzmann methods.

Rod Persky

Rodney has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology. Rodney is working on the development of robust power generation systems using a bottom up approach with specific application to concentrated solar thermal power systems. His PhD is on developing an integrated approach for CST power block design coupling turbomachinery modelling and thermodynamic analysis. The work is being supervised by Dr. Emilie Sauret (QUT), co-supervised with Professor Lin Ma (QUT) and Mehdi Aghaeimeybodi (CSIRO Newcastle).

Aihong Zou

Miss Aihong Zou received her BSc and MSc degree in Engineering Thermophysics from North China Electric Power University. After several years in International Power industry, she started her PhD study under the supervision of Dr. Emilie Sauret/ Prof. YuanTong Gu/ Prof. John Bell at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She had experience in Thermal Power Generation Techniques such as Coal Burned Electricity Power Generating, Biomass Burned and Waste Burned Electricity Power Generating and Transformer techniques. Her experienced research includes Combustion, Boiler, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Turbomachinery, Multi-phase Flow. Her current research interests include Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Uncertainty Quantification and Turbomachinery in low-temperature renewable power system.

Shayan Mokhtarpour Vanaki

After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Engineering and his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Shayan is now pursuing his PhD at QUT on Biomedical Fluid Dynamics and Fluid–Structure Interaction (FSI). The PhD project is being supervised by Dr. Suvash Saha and co-supervised with Prof. Richard Brown and Prof. Zoran Ristovski. Shayan’s research interests include: CFD, nanofluids, small-scale heat exchangers, and air-conditioning.

Longyan Wang

Longyan received his BSc degree on the power and energy engineering, and MSc degree on fluid machinery engineering from Jiangsu University in China. After finishing the Master study, Longyan successfully received the PhD scholarship from CSC (China Scholarship Council). Longyan is working as a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Andy Tan and Prof. Yuantong Gu. Longyan is currently working on global optimisation of wind farm layout and control including Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and the analysis of wind farm flow fields.

Past Fluid Dynamics Group Members

Dr. Chandan Kumar

Dr. Chandan Kumar received his PhD from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). His passion for continuous learning led him to pursue a Ph.D. after working in Building Automation System (BAS) and power generation industry. He extensively worked on multiphase model heat and mass transport for food drying applications. His current research interests include heat and mass transfer, multiphase flows, microfluidic devices, food processing, CFD.