Prof Anne Juel
Professor of Fluid Dynamics

School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Manchester.

Address: School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK.
Tel: Office (G.08 Schuster Bldg.): +44 (0) 161 275 4071; Lab (G.19-G.21 Schuster Lab.): 54073
E-mail: anne.juel [at]

Director of the Manchester Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics (MCND)
Head of the Nonlinear Group (Physics & Astronomy)

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Research Interests:

I am interested is in the intricate behaviour of complex systems from the dynamics of fluid flows to the deformation of elastic materials, encompassing both curiosity-driven and industrially-relevant phenomena. Our laboratory-based research into complex systems is a creative activity as it often reveals unexpected phenomena, whose understanding and interpretation in turn requires mathematical modelling.

See BBC Science News feature on the Curling of Ribbons by Jonathan Webb highlighting our recent paper:

C. Prior, J. Moussou, B. Chakrabarti, O.E. Jensen & A. Juel (2016) Curling ribbons via stress relaxation in thin polymer films. PNAS 113 (7),  1719–1724.


Current research in my group is focused on the physics of front propagation, elastohydrodynamic phenomena, wetting and yield phenomena in fluids and solids. Applications range from chocolate moulding to pulmonary airway reopening, via technological applications such as flexible displays.  A long-standing interest is the influence of vessel geometry on the modes of bubble propagation and liquid recovery on the pore-scale. The presence of a fluid interface that is inherently nonlinear means that complex dynamics occur even for slow flows where inertial forces are negligible. Our experimental approach often leads to unexpected observations, which we follow up with a programme of careful experimentation and modelling in collaboration with applied mathematicians: A. Hazel, M. Heil, O.E. Jensen (Manchester). We extend this two-pronged approach to industrial problems, with projects on free-surface flows of chocolate, multiple droplet impacts in inkjet printing and enhanced oil recovery.