I'm David Moxey, a research associate based in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London. I am a senior developer of the Nektar++ open source high-order finite element framework, using it to tackle complex 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, robust and open source high-order finite element software that is needed to tackle the next generation of challenging flow simulations. I have been developing highly-scalable solvers for compressible and incompressible flow, new techniques for the curvilinear meshes that these solvers need and applying them to open problems in aeronautics where complex vortex interactions dominate the flow dynamics.

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.


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, Twitter, 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 with the uninspired handle dave. Connect to irc.blackcobalt.net and join channel #phoenix.