Prof. A. W. Woods

BP Professor

Professorial Fellow of St. Johns College

Professor Andy Woods has research interests in a range of fluid flow processes, many including phase changes. The character of the work includes both theoretical analysis and experimental modelling.

Career

  • 1989-1990 Green Scholar, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla California
  • 1990-1996 Institute of Theoretical Geophysics, Cambridge
  • 1996-2000 Professor of Applied Mathematics, School of Mathematics, Bristol
  • 2000-present BP Institute, Cambridge

Qualifications

  • 1985 BA Mathematics, St. Johns College, Cambridge
  • 1989 PhD DAMTP, Cambridge

Awards

  • 1997 Marcello Carapezza Prize
  • 1997 Italgas Prize
  • 1999 Stewartson Lecturer
  • 2000 Bullerwell Lecturer
  • 2002 Wager Medal
  • 2003 GFD Lecturer
  • 2011 Wyss Institute Lecture, Harvard
  • 2017 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society

Research

Prof. Woods has explored a wide variety of problems, including:

  • the dynamics of explosive volcanic systems: both subsurface and atmospheric processes associated with such volcanism, and the related topic of two phase flow in pipelines
  • geothermal systems, especially superheated systems, in which there is continual water- vapour phase change, and fluid-mineral dissolution
  • natural ventilation flows in buildings, work which has recently led to the energy saving e-stack system, as well as new strategies for combining thermal mass with natural ventilation, to achieve both comfort and energy efficiency
  • models of traffic flow dynamics
  • oil-water-gas flows in porous rocks and problems asssociated with residual oil recovery

Publications