Contact Dr Patrick Verdin

Areas of expertise

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Fuels
  • Oil and Gas
  • Process Systems Engineering
  • Renewable Energy


Dr. Patrick Verdin is a Senior Lecturer in Energy Fluid Dynamics at Cranfield University. He has more than 15 years of expertise in Computational Fluid Dynamics applied to Aerospace (icing), Oil & Gas (multiphase flows, mixing, flow separation, droplet transport, sand erosion), and Renewable Energy (geothermal, wind, tidal). 

After his MSc gained from the University of Sciences and Technologies of Lille (France), Patrick joined Cranfield University and completed a Ph.D. on Aircraft Icing, working on the development of the numerical 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 for the oil & gas sector, 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 (his title was changed later on to Lecturer to better reflect his academic activities). Since then, he has been involved in consultancy and research activities at International, European and National levels. Several of the recent and current projects he is leading funded research in, include the European programme SAFUEL (Safer Fuel System), EMRP I & II (European Metrology Research Programme), HOSE (Hydrodynamic Oil Sample Extraction), Forced Convection Heat Transfer in Unconventional Geothermal Systems, Oil-Water Slug Flow in Export Pipelines, and Improving wet gas flowmeter performance by CFD modelling. He has also been involved in the development and the CFD verification of an innovative offshore wind turbine. 

Dr. Verdin has a broad knowledge and expertise in numerical model and code development. He has been supervising 14 PhD students as principal supervisor (7 have graduated to date), and more than 40 MSc students. He has been the Deputy Director of the 5 Cranfield MSc courses in Offshore and Ocean Technology (OOT) for 3 years and the Deputy Director of the Energy Systems and Thermal Processes (ESTP) for 6 months before being appointed Director of the Offshore Engineering MSc course in 2018. He has also been a visiting lecturer at ESTIA (Ecole Supérieure des Technologies Avancées - Biarritz, France) for nearly 10 years and he is currently a visiting lecturer at Muscat University (Oman).


Research opportunities

Dr. Verdin is currently accepting self-funded Research students (PhD. and MSc by Research) for CFD-based projects in the following  areas:

  • Oil & Gas 
  • Renewable Energy 
  • Phase change
  • Numerical code development and optimisation

Current activities

Dr. Patrick Verdin is leading CFD research and consultancy projects related to: 

  • Single/multiphase flows (slug flow, flow separation, mixing); 
  • Sand erosion; 
  • Droplet transport; 
  • Aircraft icing (external surfaces, and fuel systems); 
  • Renewable energy (geothermal, wind, and tidal). 


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


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