Multiscale Thermofluids

Institute for Multiscale Thermofluids (IMT) at the School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh

Sprays in engineering applications: modelling and experimental studies

The sixth meeting of the UK Fluids Network SIG on Sprays was recently held at the University of Edinburgh's Pollock Halls on 16th August 2019.

image of downward spray emitted from nozzle of can at top left, with black background

Researchers from the School's Institute for Multiscale Thermofluids (IMP) have revealed insights into how minute, yet powerful, bubbles form and collapse on underwater surfaces. The findings could lend valuable insight into damage caused on industrial structures, such as pump components, when these bubbles burst to release tiny but powerful jets of liquid.

Bubbles coming off a ship's propeller when they have reached larger sizes (left), and the damage caused when these bubbles collapse on another propeller (right)

Researchers from the School of Engineering are part of a pan-University research hub for quantum-enhanced imaging systems, which just received a £28m funding boost from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Chancellor’s Fellow in Electronics Dr Danial Chitnis and Professor Robert Henderson from the School’s Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems (IMNS), are members of the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging (QuantIC) which received the funding.

On Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 May, the Hewitt-Reese Spring School for Modelling Multiphase Flows took place in honour of two pioneering fluid dynamicists – the School’s Professor Jason Reese and Professor Geoff Hewitt of Imperial College London – who both passed away earlier this year.

Attendees at the 1.5 day Hewitt-Reese Spring School for Modelling Multiphase Flows at the University of Strathclyde

Fifth year School students Tze Liang Chee (Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) and Nikolay Momchev (Electronics and Electrical Engineering), have won the Telegraph STEM Awards 2019 Innovation Challenge category for their proposal for a robotic strawberry picking device.

Nikolay Momchev (left) and Tze Liang Chee (right), fifth year students who won the Telegraph STEM Awards Innovation Challenge 2019 (Photo credit: Telegraph)

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