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Prof Robb McDonald
Dept. of Mathematics
University College London
Gower St
Tel: 020 76792853
  • Professor of Mathematics
  • Dept of Mathematics
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Head of Department
Research Groups
Research Summary

My major research theme is geophysical fluid dynamics, including rotating stratified flows, rotating hydraulics, geophysical vortices (e.g. modons, beta-plane vortices) and topographic effects on geophysical flows. Collaborative work with Ted Johnson has lead to the development of numerical methods capable of computing vortex motion in complex domains e.g. barriers with gaps, multiple islands. With PhD student Rhodri Nelson these are being extended to cylindrical and spherical surfaces. More recently I have become interested in the use of complex variable methods to construct explicit solution to 2D free-boundary problems with non-zero vorticity. A variety of novel exact solutions having both geophysical and industrial applications have been found.

Teaching Summary

ENGS103P Mathematical Modelling and Analysis (Engineering Calculus)
GM01/MM01: Advanced Modelling Mathematical Techniques (approx. 15 lectures on complex variable methods)

MATH2301 (Fluid Mechanics): Problem class

Academic Background
1991 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Fluid Mechanics University of Western Australia
1986 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Hydrodynamics University of Adelaide
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