Dr Graham Hughes

Senior Fellow (ARC Future Fellow)
J7, 206
 +61 2 61259957



Currently supported by ARC Future Fellowship ("The dynamics of convection - insights for ocean and climate physics and for solar thermal energy system design", 2011-2015)


Research interests

My research interests lie broadly in buoyancy-driven flows, spanning fundamental processes that include convection, instability and mixing, wave dynamics and the interaction of flow with topography. I make use of laboratory experiments and theoretical models to help understand these processes and thus the geophysical, environmental and engineering flows to which they are relevant.



Potential project opportunities


Some new papers:

Gayen, B., Griffiths, R.W. & Hughes, G.O. 2014 Stability transitions and turbulence in horizontal convection. J. Fluid Mech. 751, 698–724.

Stewart, K.D., Saenz, J.A., Hogg, A.McC., Hughes, G.O. & Griffiths, R.W. 2014 Effect of topographic barriers on the rates of available potential energy conversion of the oceansOcean Modell. 76, 31–42.

Gayen, B., Griffiths, R.W., Hughes, G.O. & Saenz, J.A. 2013 Energetics of horizontal convection. J. Fluid Mech. 716, R10, doi:10.1017/jfm.2012.592.

Gayen, B., Hughes, G.O. & Griffiths, R.W. 2013 Completing the mechanical energy pathways in turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard convectionPhys. Rev. Lett. 111, 124301.

Griffiths, R.W., Hughes, G.O. & Gayen, B. 2013 Horizontal convection dynamics: insights from transient adjustment. J. Fluid Mech. 726, 559–595.

Hughes, G.O., Gayen. B. & Griffiths, R.W. 2013 Available potential energy in Rayleigh-Bénard convection. J. Fluid Mech. 729, R3, doi:10.1017/jfm.2013.353.

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