Through its considerable multidisciplinary expertise, the RCFSI aims to address some grand challenges associated with fluid-structure interaction in bio-mechanics, aeronautical, civil and marine engineering.
In the process of fluid-structure interaction (FSI), the fluid action can cause significant deformation and stresses in a structure. As that structure deforms, it changes the fluid flow, which in turn alters the structural deformation.
Thus, understanding of the associated fundamentals and physics of the FSI is critical important within the engineering discipline.
The RCFSI aim to become an internationally-recognised research unit, carrying out research on FSI in marine, aeronautical and civil engineering in collaboration with world leading researchers in the areas.
Expertise, capabilities and interests
- Aeroelasticity (Air-Structure Interaction), such as wind interaction with tall buildings and long span bridges
- Fire Dynamics (Dynamic Fire/Blast-structure interaction)
- Dam-reservoir interaction
- Material nonlinearity.
- Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity
- Aircraft Design
- Vibration and Buckling Analysis of Structures
- Composite Structures and Composite Materials
- Active Control (Aeroservoelasticity)
- Multi-body Dynamics and Symbolic Computation
- Experimental study of aircraft structures
- Flight flutter testing techniques
- Dynamic Stiffness Formulation
- Finite Element Method and Structural Optimisation.
- Large scale nonlinear simulation of ocean waves and wind/current effects on ocean waves
- Nonlinear interaction between waves and rigid bodies (such as ships, platforms for oil and gas, offshore wind systems, wave energy devices)
- Nonlinear Hydro-elasticity (Water-Structure Interaction), such as Vortex Induced Vibration (VIV) and large ships in steep waves
- Marine pollution assessment, e.g. oil spilling from damaged oil tankers
- Aero-Hydroelasticity (Air-Water-Structure Interaction), such as wind-wave-platforms
- Advanced numerical methods for FSI in marine engineering, such as Quasi Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian Finite Element Method (QALE-FEM), Enhanced Spectral Boundary Integral (ESBI) method, Meshless Local Petrov Galerkin method with Rankine source solution (MLPG_R) and multi-scale multi-model simulations.
- Blood-Heart interaction
- Numerical methods for fully coupled biophysical model, structure deformation and blood flow.
- Professor Qingwei Ma
- Professor Roger Crouch
- Professor Cedric D'Mello
- Professor Ranjan Banerjee
- Dr Chak Cheung
- Dr Shiqiang Yan
- Dr Feng Fu.