Fluid Dynamics Group

Our transdisciplinary research in fluid dynamics addresses current and emerging challenges in environmental sustainability and resilience.


Research specialisms

Fluid Dynamics, Stratified flows, Catastrophic Flows, Gravity Currents, Pyroclastic Flows, Sedimentary Transport, Geomorphology, Flood Resilience, Flood Risk Management.

Group lead

Professor Rob Dorrell

Email FDG@hull.ac.uk

Social media

Twitter @EEIatHull
LinkedIn Energy and Environment Institute


Particulate Gravity Currents Conference: 9 - 11 Sept 2024

This conference brings together all those involved in researching particulate gravity currents and adjacent areas of research. We welcome PhD students and early career researchers working in this field, as well as established academics.

We have an exciting programme of keynote talks and have opened submissions for contributed talks and academic posters.  

This conference covers all methods of study, including theoretical, numerical, experimental, and fields studies. Topics covered by the conference include (but are not limited to):

  • Particle driven currents
  • Compositional (salinity/thermal) currents
  • Granular/snow avalanches
  • Rheology of granular flows
  • Sedimentary deposits and paleocurrents.

Visit the conference web-page for programme details and information on how to submit an abstract.

The Challenge

Understanding fluid dynamics is a fundamental key challenge for a wide range of societal, environmental, and engineering problems. Key challenges are diverse and vital to address to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals (7, 9, 13, 14) requiring a transdisciplinary and collaborative approach. Fluid dynamics underpins key challenges, including in environmental resilience, the survival and success of organisms and ecosystems and link to many industrial processes, including the water economy, transport, healthcare, marine and net zero transition.

The Approach

Our group comprises a diverse range of skillsets enabling fluid dynamical research using state-of-the-art techniques. Our research draws on expertise in theoretical and multi-fidelity computational fluid dynamics, data-driven techniques, and a wide range of experimental techniques. Research is enabled through our University of Hull high performance computing capabilities (Viper) and our wide range of experimental laboratories, equipped with state-of-the-art measurement systems (e.g. tomographic particle tracking velocimetry, and laser induced fluorescence).

Cohen Flume Tank Laboratory


  • Improve our understanding and solve key natural and engineering problems using fluid dynamics.
  • To support the undergraduate and postgraduate study of British politics.
  • Develop and build upon existing collaborations between Faculties and Institutes.

The Impact

The role of fluid dynamics in natural and engineering challenges are fundamental to the planet and society. Current FDG research projects, funded by charity, government and industry, directly map to UN SDGs including: Affordable and Clean Energy; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Climate Action; and Life Below Water.


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Accelerating a net zero future. Improving health outcomes. Promoting justice and fairness for all. Living with water. Enhancing heritage and creative industries.

Our research impacts the world.

And you can be part of it.

Join our vibrant research community and help find solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the world today.