Brian Edward Launder FRS, FREng

Brian Edward Launder

After attending Enfield Grammar School, Brian Launder read Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London where he graduated at the head of his class winning the Bramwell Medal for his efforts. He continued to postgraduate study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where, as a research assistant in the Gas Turbine Laboratory, he obtained his master's and doctoral degrees for one of the earliest experimental studies of strongly accelerated turbulent boundary layers.

Outstanding contribution to science

k-ε eddy-viscosity model

A widely cited scheme developed with his two research students W. P Jones and K. Hanjalic. Led to the prediction of laminarization in which a turbulent flow is caused to revert to laminar in a steep acceleration.

Turbulent stress-transport modelling

Long-term advocate of finding stresses from their own transport equation rather than via eddy viscosity; his latest textbook Modelling Turbulence in Engineering & the Environment with K. Hanjalic (CUP, 2011) details this strategy.

New approaches to Wall Functions

With Manchester colleagues, Professor Hector Iacovides and Dr Timothy Craft , developed new economical but accurate approaches to handling the near-wall semi-turbulent sublayer that exerts such a dominant effect on heat transfer rates.

Rotating-Flow Test Table

Led development of a rotating test facility that tests detailed flow and thermal behaviour of gas-turbine blade components under effectively engine conditions. 

Manchester

Launder at Manchester

In 1980 he was persuaded to return to the UK to head the Thermo-Fluids Division at the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology, UMIST (currently University of Manchester). Launder's main focus of research remained turbulent flows though shifting attention to the geometrically and physically more complex situations found in industrial contexts.

Publication
ISBN:9780521845755 Publication date:October 2011
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