Duncan Sutherland works on computational models of wildfires.

He currently works on two strands of research in this area. Firstly developing simple models which capture the effect of a forest canopy on the mean vertical wind profile through the forest and how the canopy affects the rate of spread of a wildfire. Secondly, he studies the boundary layer of mixed convective flow near a heated vertical wall. Improved log-law models for the velocity and temperature near vertical surfaces have significant applications in fire prediction at the wildland-urban interface and micrometeorology. 

Areas of expertise

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • High performance computing
  • Numerical methods
  • Turbulence
  • Vortex dynamics

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