Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme


Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Research centre


Microfluidic devices (MFD) are extensively used in microbial studies. Bacterial cell attachment onto surfaces under flow conditions in laminar regime has been previously studied using a custom designed MFD.

As an extension of this study, microbial attachment under turbulent flow is to be studied in a future project. The suitability of current MFD for microbial studies under turbulent flow must be evaluated to adopt / redesign the MFD.

A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis is proposed to examine the fluid flow inside the MFD under turbulent condition using a commercially available CFD software such as Ansys.

The supervisor of this project is: Amal Senevirathne

Research activities

Research activities include:

  • 3D geometrical modelling of fluid volume
  • develop a CFD model
  • meshing and simulating.


Possible outcomes include:

  • new simulation model for MFD under turbulent flow
  • recommendations on suitability / adoptability of current MFD for microbial studies under turbulent flow
  • development of proficiency in CFD
  • enhanced skills in multidisciplinary research.

Skills and experience

You should have:

  • some experience in 3D geometrical modelling
  • basic knowledge of fluid dynamics and CFD.



Contact the supervisor Amal Senevirathne for more information.