Dr Timothy Lau

Timothy Lau
Research Associate
School of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Postdoctoral researcher with extensive experience studying and investigating highly complex fluid flows within engineering and biological systems. Strong experience with a large range of cutting edge laser diagnostic tools, including laser induced fluorescence (LIF), laser sheet drop-sizing (LSD), planar nephelometry and time-resolved tomographic particle image velocimetry (tomo-PIV).

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Dr Timothy Lau

Postdoctoral researcher with extensive experience studying and investigating highly complex fluid flows within engineering and biological systems. Strong experience with a large range of cutting edge laser diagnostic tools, including laser induced fluorescence (LIF), laser sheet drop-sizing (LSD), planar nephelometry and time-resolved tomographic particle image velocimetry (tomo-PIV).

Research interests includes:

a) Particle-laden flows, including flows utilising droplets, sprays and fibrous particles;

b) Concentrating solar thermal systems, including falling particle cloud technologies;

c) Biological fluid mechanics, including aquatic propulsion and cardiovascular flows;

d) Building heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems;

e) Laser diagnostics;

f) Image processing methods and algorithms;

g) Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).  

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Malay Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
The University of Adelaide Australia PHD

Research Interests

Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluidisation and Fluid Mechanics, Image Processing, Mechanical Engineering, Powder and Particle Technology

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Chinnici, A., Xue, Y., Lau, T., Arjomandi, M. & Nathan, G. (2017). Experimental and numerical investigation of the flow characteristics within a Solar Expanding-Vortex Particle Receiver-Reactor. Solar Energy, 141, 25-37.
10.1016/j.solener.2016.11.020
2017 Lau, T. & nathan, G. (2017). A method for identifying and characterising particle clusters in a two-phase turbulent jet. International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 88, 191-204.
10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2016.10.002
2016 Cheong, M., Birzer, C. & Lau, T. (2016). Laser Attenuation Correction for Planar Nephelometry Concentration Measurements. Experimental Techniques, 40, 3, 1075-1083.
10.1111/ext.12167
2016 Lau, T. C. & kelso, R. M. (2016). A scaling law for thrust generating unsteady hydrofoils. Journal of Fluids and Structures, 65, 455-471.
10.1016/j.jfluidstructs.2016.06.015
2016 Cheong, M., Birzer, C. & Lau, T. (2016). Laser Attenuation Correction for Planar Nephelometry Concentration Measurements. Experimental Techniques, 40, 3, 1075-1083.
10.1007/s40799-016-0105-x
2016 Lau, T. & Nathan, G. (2016). The effect of Stokes number on particle velocity and concentration distributions in a well-characterised, turbulent, co-flowing two-phase jet. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 809, 72-110.
10.1017/jfm.2016.666
2016 Qi, G., Nathan, G. & Lau, T. (2016). Corrigendum to "Velocity and orientation distributions of fibrous particles in the near-field of a turbulent jet" [Powder Technol. 276(2015) 10-17]. Powder Technology, 288, 407-408.
10.1016/j.powtec.2015.11.008
2015 Qi, G., Nathan, G. J. & Lau, T. C. W. (2015). Velocity and orientation distributions of fibrous particles in the near-field of a turbulent jet. Powder Technology, 276, 10-17.
10.1016/j.powtec.2015.02.003
2014 Lau, T. & Nathan, G. (2014). Influence of Stokes number on the velocity and concentration distributions in particle-laden jets. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 757, 6, 432-457.
10.1017/jfm.2014.496
2013 Crook, S., Lau, T. & Kelso, R. (2013). Three-dimensional flow within shallow, narrow cavities. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 735, 587-612.
10.1017/jfm.2013.519
2013 Lau, T. C. (2013). The flow around a fish-inspired heaving and pitching hydrofoil. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 146, 449&450, 153-154.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2017 kueh, K., Lau, T., nathan, G. & alwahabi, (2017). Particle Temperature Measurements in a Flow Using Laser-Induced Phosphorescence. 3rd World Congress on Mechanical, Chemical, and Material Engineering (MCM'17). Rome.
10.11159/htff17.137
2016 Lau, T. C. & Nathan, G. J. (2016). The influence of Stokes number on particle clustering at the exit of a turbulent jet issuing from a long pipe. International Conference on Multiphase Flow. Firenze, Italy.
2016 Long, S., tian, Z., chinnici, , lau, , dally, B. & nathan, G. (2016). Effect of the Jet Inclination Angle of the Iso-thermal Flow Field within a Hybrid Solar Receiver Combustor. 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. Perth.
2015 Lau, T. C. & nathan, G. (2015). The influence of Stokes number on particle clustering within a two-phase turbulent jet. 7th Australian Conference on Laser Diagnostics in fluid mechanics and combustion. Melbourne, Australia.
2015 Kueh, K. C. Y., Lau, T., Nathan, G. & Alwahabi, Z. (2015). Temperature Measurements by Laser-induced Phosphorescence: Effect of Laser Flux Variation. 7th Australian Conference on Laser Diagnostics in Fluid Mechanics and Combustion. Melbourne.
2015 Chinnici, A., Xue, Y., Lau, T., Arjomandi, M. & Nathan, G. (2015). Experimental characterisation of the vortex structure within a Solar Expanding-Vortex Particle Receiver-Reactor. 7th Australian Conference on Laser Diagnostics in Fluid Mechanics and Combustion. D. Honnery & D. Edgington-Mitchell (Eds.) Melbourne.
2014 Saridakis, I., Lau, T., Djenidi, L. & Nathan, G. (2014). Monte Carlo simulations of a median-filter technique to discriminate between particle and fluid velocity fields. 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. Melbourne, Australia.
2014 Nathan, G., Alwahabi, Z., Dally, B., Medwell, P., Arjomandi, M., Sun, Z. ... Van Eyk, P. (2014). Optics and photonics in solar thermal energy technologies. Optical Instrumentation for Energy and Environmental Applications, E2 2014. Canberra, Australia.
2013 Lau, T. C. & Nathan, G. J. (2013). New understanding of the influence of Stokes number on particle-laden jets from simultaneous planar measurements of number density and velocity. 4th International Conference on Jets, Wakes and Separated Flows (ICJWSF2013). Nagoya, Japan.
2012 Cheong, M., Birzer, C. & Lau, T. (2012). Single image corrections to facilitate planar imaging of particle concentration in particle-laden fluids. Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. Launceston.
2012 Cheong, M., Birzer, C. & Lau, T. (2012). Single-image attenuation corrections to facilitate instantaneous planar imaging of densely seeded particle-laden flows. Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics. Adelaide.
2011 Lau, T., Dally, B. & Arjomandi, M. (2011). The application of a dynamic thermal model for the assessment of the energy efficiency of Adelaide Airport Terminal 1. International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (BS). Sydney, Australia.
2008 Lau, T. & Kelso, R. (2008). The dynamics of a fish inspired unsteady hydrofoil. International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. Adelaide.
2007 Lau, T. & Kelso, R. (2007). The forces on a fish-inspired unsteady hydrofoil. Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. R. Morgan & C. Lemckert (Eds.) Gold Coast, Australia.
2007 Hassan, E., Lau, T. & Kelso, R. (2007). Accuracy of circulation estimation schemes applied to discretised velocity field data. Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. R. Morgan & C. Lemckert (Eds.) Gold Coast, Australia.
2004 Hassan, E., Kelso, R., Schneider, G. & Lau, T. (2004). Preliminary investigations of vortex rings and jets in cross flow. Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. M. Behnia, W. Lin & G. D. McBain (Eds.) Sydney, Australia.
2004 Lau, T., Kelso, R. & Hassan, E. (2004). Flow visualisation of a pitching and heaving hydrofoil. Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. M. Behnia, W. Lin & G. D. McBain (Eds.) Sydney, Australia.

Current PhD students:

a) Mr. Isaac Saridakis

b) Ms. Kimberley Kueh

c) Mr. Elliott Lewis

Position
Research Associate
Phone
83133960
Fax
8313 4367
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Engineering Maths
Org Unit
School of Mechanical Engineering

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