Prof Gavin Tabor
Professor of Computational Fluid Dynamics
Telephone: 01392 723662
Extension: (Streatham) 3662
I am a member of the Centre for Water Systems and the Computational Engineering group. I graduated from Christs College Cambridge in 1990 with a 1st in Theoretical Physics, then did a Ph.D. in Theoretical Astrophysics at the Department of Physics at Oxford. Changing both location and research area, I then worked as a RA in Prof. David Gosman's research group at Imperial College, London, for 5 years. During this time I worked on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) of multiphase flows and the modeling of premixed turbulent combustion, and contributed towards the CFD code now known as OpenFOAM. I was appointed as a lecturer at Exeter in October 1999. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and member of the Computational Physics Group committee of the IOP, Chair of the Joint Technical Committees for the OpenFOAM Governance effort, and a member of the international OpenFOAM Workshop Committee.
My core research is in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD); both the fundamental basis and applications; also optimisation using CFD through Adjoint Optimisation and using Machine Learning techniques such as Bayesian Optimisation. Current projects include
- ResIN - UK/China collaboration on modelling floating wind turbines
- CCP-WSI+ - the Collaborative Computational Project on Wave-Structure Interaction
- Isambard Phase 2 - a Tier 2 ARM-based supercomputer
Other areas of interest include optimisation with CFD and machine learning, offshore renewable energy, turbulence simulation, Image Based Meshing, biomedical simulations and multiphysics simulation. I am part of the Collaborative Computational Project in Wave-Structure Interaction, and am involved in organising both the UK&RI OpenFOAM Users Group and the international OpenFOAM Workshop (which was held in Exeter in 2017; the next one will be in Dublin in 2021). I work with a range of companies including Hydro International, HiETA, Simpleware, Wikki, ESI-OpenCFD.
- Fluid Dynamics
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
Some recent papers
"Automated shape optimisation of a plane asymmetric diffuser using combined Computational Fluid Dynamic simulations and multi-objective Bayesian methodology", S. J. Daniels, A. A. M. Rahat, G. Tabor, J. Fieldsend, and R. M. Everson., Int.J.Comp.Fluid Dyn. DOI: 10.1080/10618562.2019.1683165 (2019).
"Reynolds-Averaged Two-Fluid Model prediction of moderately dilute fluid-particle flow over a backward-facing step", M. Riella, R. Kahraman G.R. Tabor, Int. J. Multiphase Flow 106 pp 95 - 108 (2018)
"Improving the quality of finite volume meshes through genetic optimisation", B. Fabritius, G. Tabor, Engineering with Computers 32#3 pp. 425 - 440 (2016)
"Investigation of the Performance of a staggered Configuration of Tidal Turbines Using CFD", M.G.Gebreslassie, G.R.Tabor, M.R.Belmont, Renewable Energy Journal 80 pp. 690 – 698 (2015)
Other Relevant Information
Qualifications : PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics, Oxford