I'm David Moxey, a research associate based in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London. I work as a senior developer of Nektar++, an open source high-order finite element framework, applying it to various problems in computational fluid dynamics and aeronautics.

Research Interests

My research interests lie primarily in the field of computational fluid dynamics, although more generally I am interested in problems containing aspects of both computational mathematics and high performance computing.

Currently I am working with Spencer Sherwin and Joaquim Peiró to develop efficient and robust high-order finite element software that is needed to resolve the challenging flow dynamics of many problems relevant to the aeronautics industry, and also to investigate techniques in the field of curvilinear mesh generation which are crucial for producing meshes suitable for simulation.

Previously, as a Ph.D. student in the Mathematics Institute at the Univesity of Warwick, I investigated the transitional dynamics of pipe flow with my supervisor Dwight Barkley, where through a numerical study of the reverse transition from turbulent to laminar flow we identified mechanisms involved in transition, and derived an accurate estimate of the critical Reynolds number which governs when flow will transition.

For further details you can take a look at on my research page, see a list of my publications and talks or look at my CV.


I'm involved in a number of personal and collaborative projects:

  • An administrator of ScienceForums.net, amongst the largest science forums on the internet.
  • Reflection, a simple WordPress theme for photoblogs that use YAPB.
  • MJWrapper, a Java JNI interface between Apple's CoreMIDI framework and the Java API.
  • ipbLatex, a continuation of the (now defunct) vbLatex plugin, designed to render inline LaTeX code for IP.Board.


My preferred form of contact is by email at dave@xyloid.org. Alternatively you can contact me by post at:

David Moxey,
Department of Aeronautics,
Imperial College London,
South Kensington Campus,
London, SW7 2AZ.

I also have various profiles at GitHub, LinkedIn, Google Scholar and Imperial College.

Although it is not guaranteed that I will be around, I do also frequent the blackcobalt.net IRC network. Connect to irc.blackcobalt.net and join channel #phoenix.