The Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Oxford focuses on (but is not limited to) the study of drops and liquid jets. Current research activities deal with the breakup of harmonically stimulated liquid jets, drop deposition and splashing, contact line dynamics, novel droplet generation techniques, pinch-off of viscous filaments, evaporation and coffee ring effects, motility of drops and pinch-off of liquid filaments. Recent research areas have expanded into rotating fluids, biofluids (such as complex fluid flow inside organs), microfluidics, dynamics of liquid crystals, and rheometry. A variety of novel and traditional diagnostic and imaging techniques such as laser visualisation and velocimetry, shadowgraphy, and high-speed imaging are applied and developed as part of the group’s research, in order to reveal the complex dynamics involved in these fluid phenomena.
The research group is based at the Department of Engineering Science and has connections to many other research groups across Oxford. In particular we have significant collaborations with groups within the Mathematical Institute, the Department of Physics, and the Department of Zoology. The Laboratory maintains strong collaborations with groups across the UK, Spain, France, USA, Mexico, and Germany. The group is also a member of the Oxford Fluids Network.