Computational Modelling Group


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Advanced modelling for two-phase reacting flow

Edward Richardson (Investigator)

Engine designers want computer programs to help them invent ways to use less fuel and produce less pollution. This research aims to provide an accurate and practical model for the injection and combustion of liquid fuel blends.

Development of a novel Navier-Stokes solver (HiPSTAR)

Richard Sandberg (Investigator)

Development of a highly efficient Navier-Stokes solver for HPC.

Flame propagation in neutron star oceans

Ian Hawke (Investigator), Alice Harpole

Type I X-ray bursts are thermonuclear burning events which occur on the surface of accreting
neutron stars. It is believed that the burning begins in a localised spot in the ocean of the
star before spreading across the entire surface. By gaining a better understanding of X-ray
bursts, it is hoped that tighter limits can be determined for other neutron star properties
such as the radius and magnetic field strength.

Gravitational waves from neutron stars

Ian Hawke (Investigator)

Gravitational waves, once detected, will give information about the extremes of space and time. Compact objects such as neutron stars are perfect locations for generating such waves.

Multiscale Simulation of Silicon Nanowire Biosensors

Nicolas Green, Chris-Kriton Skylaris (Investigators), Benjamin Lowe

This interdisciplinary research aims to improve understanding of Silicon Nanowire Field Effect Transistor Biosensors (SiNW Bio-FETs) and to work towards a multiscale model which can be used to better understand and predict device response.

Whisky Code

Ian Hawke (Investigator)

A 3D finite volume code for simulating compact relativistic hydrodynamics.


Richard Sandberg
Professor, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Nicolas Green
Reader, Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)
Ian Hawke
Lecturer, Mathematics (FSHS)
Chris-Kriton Skylaris
Lecturer, Chemistry (FNES)
Edward Richardson
Senior Research Fellow, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Alice Harpole
Postgraduate Research Student, Mathematics (FSHS)
Tim Lemon
Postgraduate Research Student, Mathematics (FSHS)
Benjamin Lowe
Postgraduate Research Student, Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)
Sam Mangham
Postgraduate Research Student, Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)
John Muddle
Postgraduate Research Student, Mathematics (FSHS)
Petrina Butler
Administrative Staff, Research and Innovation Services