Fluid Mechanics Lab

We will take new Ph.D. students and potentially new postdocs in the coming academic year. Meanwhile, visiting scholars and visiting Ph.D. students are welcome to spend some time with us. Interested ones are welcome to click here for more details.


Our research group primarily works on the computational and theoretical study of fluid dynamics in areas including turbulence, boundary layers, water waves, multiphase flows, and flow-structure interaction. Our research is supported by federal and state agencies and industry. The projects originate from a wide range of applications, including mechanical engineering, environmental fluid mechanics, geophysical fluid dynamics, renewable energy, and biofluids; however, basic research aiming at the fundamental mechanisms in fluid dynamics is always a major theme of our studies.

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a major research tool in our group. Using direct numerical simulation (DNS) and large-eddy simulation (LES) for turbulent flows and inviscid-flow-based simulation for water waves, we have developed a suite of advanced simulation codes in house, including:

Our studies have a broad spectrum of applications:

More details of our studies in each area can be found by following the links.
Lian Shen

Professor of Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director of St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
Director of Fluid Mechanics Lab

(612)624-2202 (SAFL)
(612)625-7527 (ME)
shen umn.edu