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Research interests

My research interest fall into two areas: the first is green cleaning of fouling surfaces, and the second is dynamics of small scale fluid particles in gas-liquid flow systems.

Green cleaning of fouling surfaces:

I have strong interest in the research area related to surface layers. I have been working on issues related to fouling and cleaning of surface layers in the food, textile, polymer processing, membranes and biotechnological industries since 2004. Fluid Dynamic Gauging (FDG) is a technique developed in my research group to measure the thickness of solid layers deposited on a substrate in situ and in real time. The technique is based on the steady flow of a fluid through a nozzle located near the layer surface, so that the device does not touch the layer but senses its presence, by virtue of its influence on the flow rate of the fluid. Measurement of the flow rate tells us the clearance and the thickness can be calculated. In recent years, FDG has been extended to an automated system that can now measure thickness and attachment strength or deformability of fouling layers in situ and in real time. The advances have come through combining the measurements numerical.

Dynamics of small scale fluid particles in gas-liquid flow systems:

Bubbles and droplets, are ubiquitous in everyday life, both in nature and in technology. My research on gas-liquid systems is centred on understanding the hydrodynamics and interfacial interactions of small scaled fluid particles with their continuous phase during the course of their movements in a piece of equipment. The most important feature of the fluid particles that sets them apart from the rigid particles is their mobile surface and their ability to deform during motion. A combination of experimental and computational techniques are used to understand the dynamics of these bubbles is process such as wastewater treatment, fermentation and surface cleaning.

Willing to supervise PhD

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Green cleaning
  • Membranes
  • Sensors for fouling and cleaning
  • Gas-liquid phase flows
  • Non-Newtonian fluids
  • Gas spearations

Education / Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

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Projects 2014 2020

Research Output 2004 2017

Open Access
fluid dynamics
energy use
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Edema Disease of Swine
Abdominal Muscles

Hygrothermal performance of Moso bamboo-based building material

Huang, P. 2017 189 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Open Access
Specific heat
Thermal conductivity
Water vapor

Investigation of cake fouling and pore blocking phenomena using fluid dynamic gauging and critical flux models

Lewis, W. J. T., Mattsson, T., Chew, Y-M. & Bird, M. R. 1 Jul 2017 In : Journal of Membrane Science. 533, p. 38-47 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Fluid dynamics
1 Citations

Modelling of Ozone Mass-Transfer through Non-Porous Membranes for Water Treatment

J. Berry, M., Taylor, C., King, W., Chew, Y-M. & Wenk, J. 23 Jun 2017 In : Water. 9, 7, 18 p., 452

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Water Purification
mass transfer