Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (GFD) laboratory


 Professor Michael Roderick

The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics laboratory is a purpose-built 400 sq. m laboratory for experimental fluid dynamics. This laboratory is designed for studies of fluid flow processes relevant to both solid earth geological processes and ocean-atmosphere dynamics. It includes,

- well-controlled temperature isolation room (stable at temperatures between 5 and 30°C), which is used in studies of solidification, melting, convection or flows having temperature-dependent viscosity,

- two precision rotating tables (designed at ANU) for the simulation of Coriolis effects due to planetary rotation (rotation rates from 0.001 to 10 rad/s) and associated flow diagnostic capabilities,

- facilities for controlled experiments on evaporation including the measurement of short- and longwave radiation and surface temperature,

- fluid tanks of a range of sizes and aspects, and a range of imaging capabilites to mixing, waves, plumes and other geophysical fluid phenomena.


Laboratory Manager: Angus Rummery

Academic Operations: Kial Stewart

Academic Supervisor: Michael Roderick


Tour the GFD lab

Using the GFD lab




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