Centre for Mathematics Research

The Research Centre for Mathematics carries out world-class research in applied mathematics, pure mathematics, and statistics. Within applied mathematics, our research has three major themes: fluid dynamics and acoustics; solid mechanics and nonlinear elasticity; and biomechanics. Much of this research has great relevance to contemporary human aff airs, for example the environment and health.

A unifying aspect of our research is the theory of waves and stability in continuous media. This theory is of fundamental importance both in the development of new mathematical methods, and in explaining the world around us. Our research work has unlimited applications in engineering, biology, and medicine.

Our research themes are:


Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics

We carry out research in aeroengine and submarine noise; waves and instabilities in boundary layers on aircraft wings; fingering instabilities in thin film flows; "freak" or "rogue" waves and tsunamis; and applications of fluid dynamics to geophysics, especially the atmosphere and oceans, and in volcanic lava flows.

Theme lead: Professor C. J. Chapman
Theme members: Professor J. J. Healey, Dr S. Naire, and Professor V. I. Shrira, together with the post-doctoral research fellow Dr S. Annenkov

See the Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics page.

Theoretical Solid Mechanics

We carry out research in elastic waves and vibrations in waveguides; stability and pattern formation problems associated with smart materials and structures; structural vibrations induced by fluid flow; the mathematics of thin shells, plates, and rods; ground vibrations produced by high-speed trains; mechanics of multi-layered media; localized dynamic phenomena.

Theme lead: Professor Y. Fu
Theme members: Professor C. J. Chapman, Professor J. D. Kaplunov, Dr D. Prikazchikov, and Professor G. A. Rogerson, together with the postdoctoral researcher Dr V. Danishevsky

See the Solid Mechanics and Nonlinear Elasticity page.


Multi-scale modelling of nano- and meta materials

The main focus is on dynamic homogenization for periodic and functionally graded structures, vibration of carbon nano tubes, nano indentation, and boundary layers within non-local continuum models.

Theme lead: Professor J. Kaplunov

Theme members: Dr D. Prikazchikov, and Professor G. A. Rogerson, together with the postdoctoral researcher Dr V. Danishevsky


Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering

We carry out research in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering applications, aneurysm rupture in arteries, physiological flow in the lungs and fluid flow dynamics in mechanical thrombectomy devices.

Theme lead: Dr S. Naire
Theme members: Professor Y. Fu

See the Biomechanical and Biomedical Engineering page.

Pure Mathematics

We carry out research in Algebra, Number Theory, and Logic.  We study algebraic structures and their applications to problems arising in algebraic geometry, number theory, and combinatorics. Our work in Logic focuses on intuitionism, including implications for mathematical physics.
Theme lead: Dr P. J. Truman
Theme members: Dr D. Bedford, Dr P. Fletcher, Dr E. Russell


We carry out research in Medical Statistics, especially clinical trials and epidemiology.
Theme lead: Dr J. Belcher
Theme members: Dr J. Preater


Latest Research News

Maths Masterclasses

Posted on 05 February 2018 Maths academics have been running masterclasses in liaison with the Royal Institution.

School Academics featured in Department for Education report for its plan to transform opportunities for young people in Stoke-on-Trent.

Posted on 24 January 2018 Dr David Bedford and Prof Graham Rogerson were mentioned in a government report from the Department for Education. Regarding its plans to transform opportunities for young people in Stoke-on-Trent.

The UK Success Stories in Industrial Mathematics highlights Professor Chapman’s work on noise production in jet turbines

Posted on 16 June 2016 The new Springer book ‘UK Success Stories in Industrial Mathematics’ was released recently.These include the work of Professor John Chapman on the reassessment of noise production in jet turbines which improves the modelling of noise propagation in jet engines.