Fluid Mechanics Lab


Our research group, which consists of about 20 people, 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 NSF, DOE, ONR, NOPP, NOAA, industry, etc. 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

Benjamin Mayhugh Associate professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Director for Research,
St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
Director of Fluid Mechanics Lab

(612)625-7527 (ME)
(612)625-9164 (SAFL)
shen umn.edu