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The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine has 2,700 academic and research staff, 10,000 students (one third post-graduate) and is situated on 6 campuses across London and 2 in the south-east of Englandimperial college.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London is one of the largest and most advanced departments in mechanical engineering in the UK. In the most recent (2001) Research Assessment Exercise, the department was awarded 5*, the highest possible rating. The overall mission of the Department is to deliver world-class scholarship, education and research in Mechanical Engineering, with particular regard to their application in industry, healthcare and commerce.

The Thermofluids Division of the Mechanical Engineering Department has extensive laboratory facilities with advanced instrumentation and expertise. The group has experience, extending well over 20 years, in optical measurement instrumentation for two-phase flow, combustion and fluid mechanics. It was one of the pioneers in the development of the phase-Doppler anemometer, which included the first measurements in kerosene fired burners. A number of recent innovations have strengthened the expertise in two-phase flows and combustion, in particular:

  • Shadow-Doppler anemometry for simultaneous measurements of size, velocity and shape of non-spherical droplets and particles (patented)
  • Interferometric Laser Imaging Droplet Sizing (ILIDS) for simultaneous planar measurements of individual droplet sizes and 3D velocity (patented)

The group is familiar with the needs of CFD groups. This will ensure efficient collaboration with the numerical modelling groups within the project.