I am a lecturer of fluid mechanics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at Curtin University, Western Australia. I am also a member of the Fluid Dynamics Research Group.
My primary research field is the study of turbulence using computational fluid dynamics (CFD); particularly Large Eddy Simulation (LES) of turbulent boundary layers, turbulent jets, and boundary layer control. I am active in the biomechanics research field, particularly CFD modelling of the hemodynamics of the left descending coronary artery. For my research, I generally prefer to use (and contribute to) open-source software; particularly OpenFOAM, python, paraview and linux. I run code on Epic@Murdoch, or our own, in-house beowulf cluster.
I teach FM433 at Curtin, and have taught the fluids component of EM100. In 2012 I stood in as course coordinator for FM230.
My 4th year project students have studied a diverse range of topics ranging from the hydrodynamics of humpback whale flippers to producing CFD models of the Curtin FSAE car in conjunction with iVEC.
Time-averaged streamlines of a pitched and skewed vortex generating jet, issuing into a turbulent boundary layer. The streamlines show higher momentum fluid from the outer regions of the boundary layer (red streamlines) being swept into the near-wall region. The simulation was computed using a custom LES boundary-layer code, inlet boundary conditions were provided with a variant of the Lund et al inflow generation condition. [Ref.: Jewkes et al., AIAA J. 49(1):247–250, 2011]