UK Fluids Network funds new Special Interest Group

The UK Fluids Network has just awarded 3 years of funding to launch a new Special Interest Group on the ‘Fluid Mechanics of Cleaning and Decontamination’ led by Julien Landel from the School of Mathematics.

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Picture of a jet impinging on a vertical surface (front view)

The UK Fluids Network has announced its first set of Special Interest Groups. SIGs are intended to bring together UK groups in fluid mechanics and related sciences involved in tackling strategic topics in industry and nature.

 SIG 10 is on the 'Fluid Mechanics of Cleaning and Decontamination'. Cleaning and decontamination operations aim to remove layers of alien material from a substrate. These operations constitute a complex mixture of physical mechanisms, from multiphase transport processes to the chemistry and rheology of the fouling material. The boom in population and living standards, matched by manufacturing, means that current practices are unsustainable in terms of energy, water consumption and environmental pollution. These are critical factors in areas of high water stress and in the food industry, where regular cleaning is essential. Cleaning procedures and technology must therefore improve dramatically, and the SIG will tackle several of the challenges in this area.

The SIG is led by Dr Julien Landel (School of Mathematics, Manchester) and co-led by Prof Ian Wilson (Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Cambridge). The group includes mathematicians, physicists, chemists, biologists, toxicologists, mechanical and chemical engineers from Imperial College, Heriot-Watt University and the universities of Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Hertfordshire, Leeds, Manchester, Oxford and Reading. 

The network is open and more groups are expected to join. Details of its activities, including industrial collaborations will be available on the SIG website.

 The UK Fluids Network is an EPSRC-funded network of academic and industrial research groups, focused on innovative developments and applications in Fluid Mechanics.

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