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Faculty of Mathematics



  • 2014 - Director of Research, DAMTP
  • 2014 - Emeritus Fellow, Downing College
  • 2010 - 2014: G.I. Taylor Professor of Fluid Mechanics, DAMTP
  • 2010 - 2014 : Professorial Fellow, Downing College
  • 2010 - : Blasker Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego
  • 2009 - : Visiting Professor, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath
  • 2009 - 2010: Director, Sustainability Solutions Institute, UC San Diego
  • 2007 - 2009: Director, Environment and Sustainability Initiative, UC San Diego
  • 1998 - 2010: Blasker Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego
  • 1991 - 1998: Reader in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, DAMTP
  • 1977 - 1998: Fellow, Downing College
  • 1976 - 1998: Director, Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, DAMTP
  • 1976 - 1991: Assistant Director of Research, DAMTP
  • 1972 - 1976: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, DAMTP


The focus of my research is environmental fluid mechanics. Our group conducts experimental and theoretical research on problems associated with our environment and the processes that affect and are impacted by climate change. We study and develop models of the fluid flow in low-energy buildings, gravity-driven flows in stratified and rotating fluids, internal waves and mixing in stratified fluids

Selected recent Publications

  • Burridge, H. C. , Partridge, J. L. & Linden, P.F. 2016 The fluxes and behaviour of plumes inferred from measurements of coherent structures within images of the bulk flow. Atmosphere-Ocean iFirst article 1-15.


  • Carrilho da Graca G. & Linden, P. F. 2016 Ten questions about natural ventilation of non-domestic buildings. Building and Environment, 107, 263-273. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.08.007

  • Daish, N. C., Carrilho da Graca G., Linden, P. F. & Banks, D. 2016 Impact of aperture separation on wind driven single-sided natural ventilation. Building and Environment, 108, 122-134.


  • Ramage, M. H. , Burridge, H. C., Busse-Wicher, M., Fereday, G., Reynolds, T., Shah, D., Wu, G., Yu, L., Fleming, P., Densley-Tingley, D., Allwood, J., Dupree, P., Linden, P. F. & Sherman, O. 2016 The wood from trees: the use of timber in construction. Renew. Sustain. Energy Rev., 68, 333-359.

  • Hughes, G.O. & Linden, P. F. 2016 Mixing eciency in run-down gravity currents. J. Fluid Mech., 809, 691{704. doi:10.1017/jfm.2016.696

  • Burridge, H. C. & Linden, P.F. 2016 Questioning the Mpemba effect: hot water does not cool more quickly than cold. Scientic Reports, 6, 37665 EP -, doi:10.1038/srep37665




A full-scale field study for evaluation of simple analytical models of cross ventilation and single-sided ventilation
S Fan, MS Davies Wykes, WE Lin, RL Jones, AG Robins, PF Linden
– Building and Environment
Vertically distributed wall sources of buoyancy. Part 2. Unventilated and ventilated confined spaces
DA Parker, HC Burridge, JL Partridge, JN Hacker, PF Linden
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Vertically distributed wall sources of buoyancy. Part 1. Unconfined
DA Parker, HC Burridge, JL Partridge, PF Linden
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
The effect of double diffusion on the dynamics of horizontal turbulent thermohaline jets
M Dadonau, JL Partridge, PF Linden
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Displacement ventilation: A viable ventilation strategy for makeshift hospitals and public buildings to contain COVID-19 and other airborne diseases: Ventilation strategy for COVID-19
RK Bhagat, PF Linden
– Royal Society Open Science
Effects of ventilation on the indoor spread of COVID-19.
RK Bhagat, MS Davies Wykes, SB Dalziel, PF Linden
– Journal of fluid mechanics
Experimental study on low-speed streaks in a turbulent boundary layer at low Reynolds number
XY Jiang, CB Lee, CR Smith, JW Chen, PF Linden
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
The circular capillary jump
RK Bhagat, PF Linden
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Experimental and numerical investigation of pumping ventilation on the leeward side of a cubic building
DP Albuquerque, M Sandberg, PF Linden, G Carrilho da Graça
– Building and Environment
Buoyancy-driven exchange flows in inclined ducts
A Lefauve, P Linden
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
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Research Groups

Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information
Environmental and Industrial Fluid Dynamics




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