ESPRC SIG Sprays in engineering applications: modelling and experimental studies

  • Sazhin, Sergei (PI)
  • Chakraborty, Nilanjan (CoI)
  • Al Qubeissi, Mansour (CoI)
  • Aleiferis, Pavlos (CoI)
  • Begg, Steven (CoI)
  • Bertola, Volfango (CoI)
  • Charalampous, Georgios (CoI)
  • Crua, Cyril (CoI)
  • Davy, Martin (CoI)
  • Dembele, Siaka (CoI)
  • Georgoulas, Anastasios (CoI)
  • Hardalupas, Yannis (CoI)
  • Healey, Jonathan (CoI)
  • Kuti, Olawole (CoI)
  • Linne, Mark (CoI)
  • Marengo, Marco (CoI)
  • Mastorakos, Epaminondas (CoI)
  • Navarro-Martinez, Salvador (CoI)
  • Pannala, Ananth (PI)
  • Ramaswamy, Kumara (CoI)
  • Rybdylova, Oyuna (PI)
  • Stone, R. (CoI)
  • Taylor, Alexander (CoI)
  • Vogiatzaki, Konstantina (CoI)
  • Wacks, Daniel (CoI)
  • Xia, Jun (CoI)

Project Details


The Special Interests Group (SIG), Sprays in engineering applications: modelling and experimental studies, supported by UK Fluids Network (EPSRC) with £12,000 in funding, aimed to launch a new platform for the exchange of innovative ideas between UK-based research groups focused on the modelling and experimental study of sprays.

Running between 2017 and 2020, the ultimate aim of the project was to develop a universal spray model for a wide range of engineering/medical applications.

The SIG aimed to critically analyse recent results obtained from modelling and experimental studies on fluid dynamics, heat/mass transfer and ignition/combustion processes in sprays obtained by the groups involved. Researchers focused on building bridges between modelers and experimentalists. Modelers with engineering and mathematical backgrounds were able to engage in constructive dialogues. In contrast to most other conferences/workshops, where fluid dynamics, heat/mass transfer and ignition/combustion processes in sprays are considered in isolation, in the SIG workshops members established links between these processes. Particular attention was given to establishing and strengthening the links between academic and industrial groups, and groups working on various applications of sprays, for example, automotive, medical and environmental sprays.

It was anticipated that this critical analysis would lead to an improvement in the quality of research results obtained by the SIG participants from existing projects. It also resulted in the development of a universal spray model suitable for engineering (automotive sprays), environmental (sprays for fire suppression) and medical (sprays for drag delivery) application. The SIG resulted in a review paper and further funding proposals for reseaerch.

The scope of the SIG included modelling and experiments on turbulent combustion in multiphase fluids, the stability analysis of jets, and an investigation of the link between the flows inside the nozzle with subsequent spray formation.

The main industrial contribution came from participating in discussions at the main stages of model development, to ensure the practical relevance of the model, and in supplying input parameters for testing of the models.

Industrial visits before or after the workshops were arranged. The main activity involved six workshops organised by the SIG. In addition to the participants listed, interested researchers attended the workshops.


Sergei Sazhin ( University of Brighton) [Lead], Nilanjan Chakraborty ( Newcastle University ),
Mansour Al Qubeissi ( Coventry University), Pavlos Aleiferis (Imperial College London),
Steven Begg ( University of Brighton ), Volfango Bertola (University of Liverpool), Georgios Charalampous (Imperial College London), Cyril Crua (University of Brighton), Martin Davy (University of Oxford), Siaka Dembele (Kingston University), Anastasios Georgoulas (University of Brighton), Yannis Hardalupas (Imperial College London), Jonathan Healey (Keele University), Olawole Kuti (Manchester Metropolitan University), Mark Linne (University of Edinburgh), Marco Marengo (University of Brighton), Epaminondas Mastorakos (University of Cambridge), Salvador Navarro-Martinez (Imperial College London), Kumara Ramaswamy (Imperial College London), Oyuna Rybdylova (University of Brighton), Richard Stone (University of Oxford), Alex Taylor (Imperial College London), Konstantina Vogiatzaki (University of Brighton), Daniel Wacks (University of Durham), Jun Xia (Brunel University London).

Effective start/end date1/05/1730/04/20


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