Will Booker

I am studying for an interdisciplinary MSc/PhD in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics: 2014-2018


I spent four years at the University of Manchester completing a BSc and a MSc in applied mathematics. My dissertation was on a numerical technique known as discontinuous Galerkin methods. This involves a combination of finite element and finite volume approaches in order to produce a scheme that can better handle shocks and solutions that involve high gradients. The method was then analysed for a few test cases of compressible flow, mostly analytic solutions of the Euler equations.

Research Interests

My primary interests are concerning non-linear waves, which govern a wide array of geophysical problems such as pyroclastic flows, avalanches, water waves and beach dynamics.

My research involves the formation of attractors in the flow of internal waves – an interesting case of non-linear chaotic behaviour in a linear system!

These attractors are known to absorb energy from the surrounding flow, so they can lead to specific patterns of flow surrounded by still water. Investigating these various flow patterns that are formed will help with our understanding of ocean circulation.

Why I chose the CDT in Fluid Dynamics

I chose the CDT in Fluid Dynamics as the MSc component filled out my heavily theoretical background in fluids. I was able to learn about a huge variety of application for fluids and was taught a variety of techniques, including experimental, that I would be unlikely to encounter in similar programmes.

Personal webpage: http://www.personal.leeds.ac.uk/~scwb/index.html