Contact Dr Stephanie Burrows

Areas of expertise

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Explosives and Munitions
  • Operational Analysis and Simulation


Dr Stephanie J Burrows (née Erickson) completed her PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Southampton in 2014. The aim of that work was demonstrate numerical methods necessary for incorporating the crust into computer simulations of neutron stars. This involved developing a proof-of-concept code based on a non-linear conservation-law formulation of elasticity in general relativity, as well as incorporating a ghost-fluid treatment of solid-fluid and solid-vacuum material boundaries into the relativistic context.

After completing her PhD, Stephanie went to work as a software developer at SFW Ltd. There she honed her programming skills, and developed an interest in modern software design and development practices, such as Object Oriented design and Test Driven Development. As a result, she is keen to get a better understanding of how and when these practices should be applied to scientific/numerical computing.

Stephanie joined Cranfield University in 2016 as part of the Centre for Simulation and Analytics at Cranfield Defence and Security. There she applies her previous experience with high-resolution shock-capturing methods for computational fluid dynamics to developing the in-house software for simulating blast waves in air, ProSAir. She also conducts blast modelling simulations, aiding clients with pre- and post-processing for scenarios with complex geometry.

More recently, Stephanie has extended her interest in modelling to other defense-related physical systems, including the catastrophic failure of propane gas cylinders, quantifying the blast pressure, thermal radiation, and fragmentation consequences of a BLEVE event. She also developed a model for cook-off of energetic materials.

Research opportunities

blast-wave propagation models;

high-resolution shock-capturing methods for CFD;

thermal radiation models;

fragment trajectory models;

cook-off models


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