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Department of Engineering

Dr Ricardo Garcia-Mayoral


Ricardo Garcia-Mayoral

University Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics

Academic Division: Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery

Research group: Fluid Mechanics

Telephone: +44 1223 3 32721



Research interests

The research of Dr. Garcia-Mayoral focuses on the use of non-conventional surfaces to modify and control turbulent flows. A key application of flow control through surface manipulations is the reduction of drag in vehicles –moving through air and water– and pipelines. The use of such surfaces can have a significant impact on fuel efficiency, reducing carbon emissions and the environmental footprint of transport activities.

Dr. Garcia-Mayoral approaches this research from a fundamental perspective. The focus is on understanding the physical mechanisms in the flow, and how non-conventional features in the wall modify those mechanisms. The insight gained by this understanding enables the conception of optimized strategies and surface layouts. An example is the research conducted on ribbed surfaces, which was awarded the Ercoftac Da Vinci Prize in 2012, or the research on superhydrophobic surfaces for naval applications, conducted in collaboration with the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford University.

Strategic themes

Energy, transport and urban infrastructure

Reduction of drag in vehicles through surface manipulation.


Biomimetic surfaces.