Areas of expertise


Dr Patrick Verdin is a Senior Research Fellow in the Energy & Power Theme of the School of Water, Energy, and Environment at Cranfield University.

After his MSc gained from the University of Sciences and Technologies of Lille (France), Patrick joined Cranfield University and completed a PhD in Aircraft Icing, working on the development of the ice prediction code ICECREMO2. His research work involved a collaboration with the main aircraft companies in the UK: Airbus UK, BAE Systems, Dunlop Aerospace (Meggitt), Rolls-Royce, QinetiQ and Westland Helicopters (now AgustaWestland).

Prior to his position as a Lecturer & Research Fellow in 2008, he has carried out post-doctoral studies in multi-phase flows, working on the development of a CFD droplet transport model for ConocoPhillips (USA), in collaboration with Imperial College London.

Dr Verdin was promoted to Senior Research Fellow in 2012. Since then, he has been involved in consultancy and research activities at National and European levels. Several of the recent and current projects he is leading research in include: SAFUEL (Safer Fuel System), EMRP (European Metrology Research Programme) and HOSE (Hydrodynamic Oil Sample Extraction).

Current activities

Dr Verdin is leading CFD research and consultancy projects in single/multi-phase flows, aircraft icing and geothermal energy. He is actively involved in teaching activities at Cranfield University, is supervising PhD and MSc students, is the Deputy Course Director of the 5 MSc courses in Offshore and Ocean Technology (OOT) and also the Deputy Course Director of the Energy Systems and Thermal Processes (ESTP) MSc course. He has been a visiting lecturer at ESTIA (Ecole Supérieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées - Biarritz, South-West France) for nearly 10 years and is currently a visiting lecturer at Muscat University (Oman).


  • ConocoPhillips
  • BP
  • Airbus UK
  • BAE Systems
  • Agusta Westland
  • Meggitt
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • European Commission
  • Innovate UK


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Brown L, Hewitt GF, Hu B, Thompson CP & Verdin P (2009) Predictions of droplet distribution in low liquid loading, stratified flow in a large diameter pipeline. In: 14th International Conference on Multiphase Production Technology, Cannes, 17 June 2009.
  • Verdin PG & Thompson CP (2005) Automatic Multi-Stepping Approach for Ice Prediction. In: WSEAS Multiconference, Fluid Mechanics (FLUIDS'05), Udine, 20 January 2005.