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Research Groups

VOILAb: Vortex Interaction Laboratory

Lab members

Dr Chandan Bose
Dr Yabin Liu
Mr Jean-Babtiste Souppez (PhD)
Mr Daniele Certini (PhD)
Mr Shūji Ōtomo (PhD)
Mr Gabriele Pisetta (PhD)
Ms Geethanjali Pavar (PhD)
Mr Callum Bruce (PhD)


Dr Kristin Luttik (Alumna: PhD, 2021)
Dr Weidong Dai (Alumnus: PhD, 2021)
Dr Abel Arredondo-Galeana (Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, 2019-2020)
Dr Cathal Cummins (Alumnus: Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, 2016-2019)
Dr Gabriel Thomas Scarlett (Alumnus: PhD, 2019)
Dr Abel Arredondo-Galeana (Alumnus: PhD, 2019)
Dr Tamás István Józsa (Alumnus: PhD, 2018)
Ms Rowan Evelin Muir (Alumna: MScR, 2018)
Dr Francesca Tagliaferri (Alumna: PhD, 2015)

Current Research Interests

VOILAb: Vortex Interaction Laboratory

Our research is in fluid mechanics and our focus is on those conditions where the forces on a body immersed in a fluid are due to the formation of vortical flow structures. This often occurs in nature, where natural evolution has led to optimal solutions for complex problems. Hence, we seek inspiration from the fluid mechanics of plants and animals to develop new technology. Vortices, for instance, are exploited by natural flyers to fly stably and efficiently in the turbulent wind. Similarly, the forces on very thin surfaces, such as the wings of small drones and the sails of a yacht, are dominated by vortex flow. Our research aims to understand and, when possible control, the formation, stability and interaction of these vortices in order to improve performance, efficiency and survivability of different engineering systems.

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  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Marine Energy


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Politecnico di Milano

Award Date: 2 Oct 2008

Master of Engineering, Università degli studi di Genova

Award Date: 26 Apr 2001


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