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Dr Edward Skevington

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Faculty and Department

  • Institutes
  • Energy and Environmental Institute

Qualifications

  • MSc (University of Birmingham)
  • PhD (University of Bristol)

Summary

Edward is a mathematical modeller, looking at the equations which describe geophysical fluid dynamics. He did his undergraduate masters at the University of Birmingham in 'Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics', and his PhD at the University of Birmingham with Prof Andrew Hogg in 'Applied Mathematics', looking at shallow water models of currents colliding with obstacles. He is now working on turbidity currents, undersea currents driven by a particle load that may travel over 1000km, depositing microplastics in the deep ocean and burying anthropogenic carbon. Due to the fundamental and mathematical nature of the approach, this work is also relevant to a wide range of applications, such as ventilation flows, powder snow avalanches, and kadiabatic winds.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Dam-break reflection

Hogg, A. J., & Skevington, E. W. G. (2021). Dam-break reflection. Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, 74(4), 441-465. https://doi.org/10.1093/qjmam/hbab010

Development of supercritical motion and internal jumps within lock-release radial currents and draining flows

Skevington, E. W. G., Hogg, A. J., & Ungarish, M. (2021). Development of supercritical motion and internal jumps within lock-release radial currents and draining flows. Physical Review Fluids, 6(6), https://doi.org/10.1103/physrevfluids.6.063803

Unsteady draining of reservoirs over weirs and through constrictions

Skevington, E. W. G., & Hogg, A. J. (2020). Unsteady draining of reservoirs over weirs and through constrictions. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 882, https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2019.808

Research interests

My research focusses on the development, analysis, and simulation of simplified mathematical models describing the flow of fluids, particularly in a geophysical context. My recent focus has been on the development of depth-averaged models for studying open channel flows and gravity currents. I have explored the interaction of these flows with the topography over which the fluid flows, in addition to collisions with isolated obstacles. More recently I have been developing sophisticated models of turbidity currents to predict their flow over great distances.

Awards and prizes

PROM Programme

2021 - 2021

"International scholarship exchange of PhD candidates and academic staff" Funded by the PROM programme to present my research at the 6th IAHR Europe Congress. This is a funding project by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange.

Heilbronn Excellence Award

2014 - 2021

Funding award by the University of Bristol for my PhD

James Mann Prize

2014 - 2014

Prize by the University of Birmingham for the best fourth year project in Applied Mathematics

Smith Prize

2014 - 2014

Prize by the University of Birmingham for the top student in the final year of physics programs

Bloodworth Prize

2013 - 2013

Prize by the University of Birmingham for the top of third year in pysics MSci programmes

Science Undergraduate Prize

2011 - 2012

Prize by the University of Birmingham for high performing undergraduates in first and second year. Now called the 'First Class Scholarship'

Physics Entry Scholarship

2010 - 2010

Prize by the University of Birmingham for the best accepted applicants to physics programmes

Conference attendance

Fluid Dynamics of Sustainability and the Environment

2018 - 2018

Attended summer school in Cambridge.

Environmental Modelling in Industry Study Group

2015 - 2015

Attended workshop in Cambridge

Journal peer reviewer

Journal of Fluid Mechanics

2022

Journal of Fluid Mechanics is the leading international journal in the field and is essential reading for all those concerned with developments in fluid mechanics. It publishes authoritative articles covering theoretical, computational and experimental investigations of all aspects of the mechanics of fluids. Each issue contains papers on the fundamental aspects of fluid mechanics and its applications to other fields such as aeronautics, astrophysics, biology, chemical and mechanical engineering, hydraulics, materials, meteorology, oceanography, geology, acoustics and combustion.

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)

2021 - 2022