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Department of Engineering

Dr Ricardo Garcia-Mayoral


Ricardo Garcia-Mayoral

University Associate Professor

Academic Division: Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery

Research group: Fluid Mechanics

Telephone: +44 1223 3 32721


Research interests

Dr. Garcia-Mayoral is Associate Professor in Fluid Mechanics and is interested in taking PhD students.

The research of Dr. Garcia-Mayoral focuses on wall turbulence, and in particular 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

Wall turbulence and its control.

Reduction of drag in vehicles through surface manipulation.


Biomimetic surfaces.

Research projects

  • Turbulence over rough walls
  • Drag reduction by anisotropic fibre coatings
  • Turbulence over poro-rough surfaces
  • Canopy turbulence
  • Active flow control of large scales in wall turbulence
  • Effective boundary conditions to represent surface texture
  • Causality in wall turbulence
  • Turbulent drag reduction by superhydrophobic surfaces
  • Turbulent drag reduction by riblets