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Prof Helen Wilson
Department of Mathematics
UCL, Gower Street
  • Professor of Applied Mathematics
  • Dept of Mathematics
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
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Dr Wilson's research is mainly concerned with theoretical modelling of the flow of non-Newtonian fluids such as polymeric materials and particle suspensions. Fluids containing long polymer molecules behave very differently from ordinary (Newtonian) fluids. Under flow, the molecules become stretched and this can give rise to surprising flow behaviour, and can produce undesirable instabilities in industrial processes. Dr Wilson's current research in this area includes analytical and numerical investigation of flow instabilities in simple flows; and simulation of complex flows. She is also interested in shear-banding in entangled systems, a phenomenon in which a single fluid forms regions having quite different properties during shearing flows.

Another important class of complex fluids is suspensions of solid particles in Newtonian or non-Newtonian fluids. While the motion of single particles in Newtonian fluids is well understood, suspensions of large numbers of particles that interact through the fluid remain challenging, both analytically and numerically. Dr Wilson's current research includes investigations, using both asymptotic theory and large-scale numerical simulations, of the effect of contact between spherical particles in suspension flows.

01-SEP-2009 Reader Mathematics UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2007 – 31-AUG-2009 Senior Lecturer Mathematics UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2004 – 31-AUG-2007 Lecturer Mathematics UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2000 – 30-SEP-2004 Lecturer Mathematics University of Leeds, United Kingdom
04-NOV-1998 – 30-SEP-2000 Postdoctoral Researcher Chemical Engineering University of Colorado at Boulder, United States
Academic Background
2004 FHEA Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy – Education Higher Education Academy
2002 PGCLTHE Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education – Education University of Leeds
1998 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Mathematics University of Cambridge
1994 MA Cantab MA Cantab – Mathematics University of Cambridge
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