Fluid Mechanics Lab

For 2020-2021 academic year PhD students and MS students who will transfer to PhD program: if you are interested in joining our research group, please see the information here.

We take new Ph.D. students and new postdocs every year. Meanwhile, visiting students and visiting scholars 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)624-2022 (SAFL)
(612)625-7527 (ME)
shen umn.edu