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Ignazio Maria Viola

  • PhD
  • Senior Lecturer
  • University of Edinburgh
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Research interests

Drag ReductionLift ControlWind Turbine AerodynamicsTidal Turbine HydrodynamicsYacht Sail AerodynamicsFluid Dynamics


My research is in applied fluid dynamics, and focuses on the viscous flow around immersed bodies. I am particularly interested in those conditions where the nature of the onset flow is turbulent and the forces on the body are due to the formation of vortical flow structures. These conditions occur, for instance: (1) on yacht sails, where the sharp leading edge leads to the formation of a large vortex, adding substantially to yacht thrust; (2) on tidal turbine blades, where periodic variations of the current due to the waves lead to the formation of large vortical structures and, in turn, to large load fluctuations and fatigue failure; and (3) on ship hulls, where surface roughness promotes the growth of vortices in the boundary layer and so increases frictional resistance (and energy cost). My research aims to understand and, when possible control, the formation, stability and interaction of such vortices in order to improve cost-performance, efficiency, durability and survivability.

Co-authors (56)

  • Cathal Cummins
  • marlee Basurto
  • Daniele Certini
  • vincent chapin
  • Nicolas AUBIN

Recent publications

  • A separated vortex ring underlies the flight of the dandelion

    • Cummins C
    • Seale M
    • Macente A
    • et al.
  • Optimal airfoil’s shapes by high fidelity CFD

    • Viola I
    • Chapin V
    • Speranza N
    • et al.
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Journal of Sailing Technology

Editor in Chief

2016 - Present

Ocean Engineering

Member of the Editorial Board

2015 - Present

International Journal of Small Craft Technology

Member of the Editorial Board

2012 - Present

Professional experience

Senior Lecturer

University of Edinburgh

August 2016 - Present


University of Edinburgh

September 2013 - July 2016(3 years)