Thermo-fluid Mechanics Research Centre

Welcome to the Thermo-fluid Mechanics Research Centre

The Thermo-fluid Mechanics Research Centre (TFMRC) is a research and teaching laboratory specialising in both fundamental and applied, experimental and computational research in heat transfer and fluid dynamics.

Our facilities include five dedicated test cells with air, water and 3-phase power suppled. We also have a wide range of pressure, mass flow and temperature instrumentation together with calibration and data logging facilities. We are equipped for non-invasive instrumentation: thermal imaging, Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Laser Doppler Anemometry (LDA) and Phase Doppler Anemometry (PDA). A full list of experimental and numerical capabilities can be found here.

We apply our expertise to a wide range of applications, including:

  • Gas turbine technology (with emphasis on gas turbine internal (or secondary) air systems, gas-path aerodynamics & component heat transfer and the modelling of flow and combustion
  • Turbomachinery design and optimisation
  • Heat pumps
  • Organic Rankine cycles and waste heat recovery
  • Renewable energy applications
  • Thermal management in vehicles and powertrains
  • Thermal management in domestic and consumer products

We welcome enquiries about research opportunities. Informal enquiries about commissioning research programmes or performing research studies can be sent to individual staff members.

For enquiries concerning postgraduate degree programmes at doctoral (DPhil, PhD) or masters level (MSc and MPhil), please contact the School office: