Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
Ventilation, Covid-19, Transport, Fluid Dynamics, Lab Experiments
I am a mathematician interested in understanding buoyancy driven flows, e.g. flows produced by a hot/cold source of fluid or air. At the moment I am particularly interested in how the ventilation of buildings, and transport can play a role in the possible spread of Covid-19.
After completing an MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing at the University of Oxford I came to Cambridge to do a PhD with Paul Linden (DAMTP) and Gabriel Rooney (Met Office). My PhD was a project joint with the Met Office and involved performing lab experiments and numerical simulations to look at how large gusts of wind can be created by heavy rainfall, like in monsoons and thunderstorms. This was done in order to improve the prediction of such events.
Wanting to continue to perform lab experiments I am now a postdoctoral research associate working with Paul Linden in DAMTP. I now work as a part of the TRACK (Transport Risk Assessment for COVID Knowledge) project and primarily look at how the ventilation of a train carriage is affected by the heat given off by people within the carriage. Furthermore what might happen is one of these people is infected with Covid-19. I do this by performing experiments in the GKB Laboratory in DAMTP on a scaled down model of a train carriage.