Contact Dr Patrick Verdin

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

After his MSc gained from the University of Sciences and Technologies of Lille (France), Patrick joined Cranfield University and completed a PhD 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 reflect better his academic activities). 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 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, and Oil-Water Slug Flow in Export Pipelines. 

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 geothermal and wind energy. 
He has a broad knowledge and expertise in numerical model and code development. He is supervising MSc and PhD 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 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)
  • Innovate UK
  • European Commission


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