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    Professor Gregory J Sheard

    Greg Sheard is Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Director of The Sheard Lab at Monash University, Australia. He received his PhD from Monash University in 2004, for which he was awarded both the Faculty of Engineering Kenneth Hunt Medal and the Monash University Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for the year's best PhD thesis. Prior to his appointment in 2006 to a permanent academic position with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Monash, he held an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship as part of an Australian Research Council funded collaboration between the Faculties of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and Engineering. During this time he was awarded a Young Researcher Fellowship Award for Exemplary research in fluid mechanics, funding his travel and participation in the Third MIT Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, USA, June 2005.

    His research has featured on the Australian Ten Network's television program Scope in 2018, in Stories of Australian Science 2012, published by Science in Public, Australia's largest non-government science communication business, VLSCI Science Story #9, and Australian Life Scientist magazine.

    Dr Sheard has secured more than $2.2-million in Nationally Competitive grant funding, and has secured continuous extensive time allocations on Australia's major high-performance computing facilities worth more than $100k per year. He is the author of over 150 research publications, editorials and patents. He has supervised 8 PhD candidates to completion, and has served as examiner for 9 PhD theses and over 150 manuscripts submitted to leading journals including the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids, the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer and the Journal of Fluids and Structures. He chaired the highly successful 9th Australasian Natural Convection Workshop held at Monash University, December 2015, and was an Organiser for the International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics in the Minerals and Process Industries in 2006, 2009 and 2012. He has also chaired numerous keynote addresses, regular sessions, and advised on Technical Committees of major international conferences.

    Dr Sheard built and maintains an advanced numerical code for the simulation of two- and three-dimensional incompressible fluid flows based on the spectral-element method. Spectral-element methods combine the flexibility of finite-element approaches towards discretising complex flow domains into a grid of discrete elements with the exceptional convergence properties of spectral methods. This code has since been extended with linear stability analysis and transient growth analysis capabilities, quasi-two-dimensional and three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamics simulation, and natural convection simulation capabilities.

Graduate students

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    Henry Shen, MEngSci(Res) candidate

    Henry's research is investigating the natural convection in tilted enclosures, and the mechanisms by which these flows devolve towards turbulence.

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    Jamie Denier, PhD candidate

    Jamie brings a background in physics and an interest in fusion to his PhD, which is investigating the flow of electrically conducting fluids in complex ductwork while under the influence of a magnetic field.

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    Oliver Cassells, PhD candidate

    Supervised in collaboration with Professor Alban Pothérat, Coventry University

    This project is investigating side-wall heat transfer into liquid-metal duct flows under a strong magnetic field, motivated by the operation of cooling blankets around the core of prototype magnetic confinement fusion reactors. High-resolution three-dimensional quasi-static MHD simulations will be compared with both quasi-two-dimensional simulations and theory.

Completed graduate students and former staff

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    Dr Sneha Murali

    PhD, "Stability and Heat Transfer Characteristics of Hydrodynamic Channel Flows and Quasi-two-dimensional Magnetohydrodynamic Duct flows with Repeated Wedge-shaped Protrusions", completed 2022.

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    Dr Peyman Mayeli

    PhD, "Stability Analysis Of Horizontal Convection Under The Centrifugal Approximation", completed 2022.

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    Dr Chris Camobreco

    PhD, "Stability, Transition and Turbulence in Quasi-Two-Dimensional MHD Duct Flows", completed 2022

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    Dr Sajjad Hossain

    PhD, "On Horizontal Convection in Very Shallow Enclosures", completed 2022

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    Dr Zhi Yuen Ng

    PhD, "On The Characteristics And Stability Of The Wakes Of Cylinders With A Triangular Cross-Section", completed 2019

    Postdoctoral Fellow: 2019-2021

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    Dr Tze Kih Tsai

    PhD, "The Effect of Temperature Profile and Differential Rotation on Horizontal Convection", completed 2019

    Research Associate: 2019-2021

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    Dr Azan Sapardi

    PhD, "Hydrodynamic And Magnetohydrodynamic Flows Around A 180-Degree Sharp Bend", completed 2018

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    Dr Ahmad Hamid

    PhD, "Vortex Evolution and Heat Transfer Enhancement in a Quasi-Two-Dimensional Magnetohydrodynamic Duct Flow," completed 2016

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    Dr Michael Curtis

    PhD, "A Novel Method for the Manipulation of Biological Cells using Fluid Flow and Realtime Control," completed 2016

  • Dr Christopher J. Butler

    PhD, "A Numerical Investigation of In Vivo Thrombotic Geometries Under Flow," completed 2015

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    Dr Tony Vo

    PhD, "The Flow Stability of Shear Layers in a Differentially Rotating Container," completed 2014

    Research Associate: 2015-2018

  • Mr Simon Higgins

    Laboratory manager: 2012-2014

  • Dr Chris Ellis

    PhD, "A DNS and Transient Growth Analysis of the Effect of Aircraft Tail Configuration," completed 2013

    Research assistant: 2013

  • Dr Nicholas Boustead

    PhD, "The Haemodynamics of Aneurysms: A Spectral Element Analysis of the Effect of Wall Stiffness," completed 2013

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    Dr Wisam K. Hussam

    PhD, "Dynamics and Heat Transfer Enhancement of MHD Flows Past a Circular Cylinder in a Duct At Hight Hartmann Number," completed 2012

    Research associate: 2012-2016

  • Dr Kris Ryan

    Australian Postdoctoral Fellow: 2006

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