Sam Shelley

Postgraduate Researcher (Metamaterials CDT 2014)


Telephone: (Lab) 01392 724187

Extension: (Streatham - Lab) 4187

I started my PhD in September 2014 after completing my MPhys degree ealier that year at the University of Exeter. As part of my degree I spent a year studying at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. My MPhys project involved the modelling of microscopic ferromagnetic swimming devices near planar boundaries and in channels. 

My project is to look in to how the use of metamaterials or structured surfaces can be used to effect hydrodynamic flow. Possible applications of such surfaces are drag reduction and wake reduction.

Previous work has focused on Stokes Flow over structured surfaces, looking at how surface shape affects the slip length of the surface.We derived an exact equation for the slip length of a family of conformal surfaces and used this to test a previously untested perturbation theory.

Current avenues of interest are flow control behind bluff bodies through the interaction of a flexible tail. The properties of the tail are varied so as to investigate the dynamics of the system.