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Department of Mathematics

Unsteady fluid flow in a rotating torus (doi:10.1017/jfm.2011.366)

Continuum mechanics

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Our researchers work at the interface of theory, computation and experimentation with the aim of understanding the behaviour of complex continua.

Manchester has a long tradition of excellence in continuum mechanics, arising through the work and legacies of Osborne Reynolds, Sir Horace Lamb, Sydney Goldstein, Sir James Lighthill, Fritz Ursell and many others.

Our researchers employ a blend of techniques and scientific approaches in order to understand and predict the behaviour of a wide variety of continua arising in a vast range of applications.

We work with other Departments in the University and other researchers both nationally and internationally, in an interdisciplinary manner. We also collaborate closely with numerous industries.

Areas of expertise

Research seminars

Research seminars on topics associated with continuum mechanics take place regularly in the following series:

PhD research opportunities

We welcome applications for PhD study in all areas of continuum mechanics. PhD enquiries related to this theme can be directed to Sean Holman.

Before applying, visit the 'areas of expertise' pages listed below to find out more about potential PhD supervisors.

To discover PhD opportunities in the Department of Mathematics, explore our Postgraduate research in mathematics.