University of California, Santa Barbara

Faculty Profile

Eckart Meiburg


Mechanical Engineering

Eckart Meiburg


Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

tel: (805) 893-5278
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Turbidity Current Simulation

Turbidity Current Simulation

The image shows a high-resolution, direct numerical simulation of a turbidity current in the lock-exchange configuration flowing over a gaussian bump. The top surface is an iso-contour of the particle concentration colored by the velocity magnitude, the middle plane is colored by the shear stress and the bottom surface height and color represent the deposit profile.

Research Description

Professor Meiburg's research interests lie in the general area of fluid dynamics and transport phenomena. His group primarily employs the tools of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), in particular highly resolved direct numerical simulations, in order to obtain insight into the physical mechanisms that govern the spatio-temporal evolution of a wide variety of geophysical, porous media and multiphase flow fields. Occasionally, his group extends their analyses to address issues of linear stability as well. Frequently, they collaborate closely with corresponding experimental investigations. Some current interests focus on gravity and turbidity currents, Hele-Shaw displacements, double-diffusive phenomena in particle laden flows, and internal bores.

Research Groups


Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University

Assistant Professor, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University

Associate Professor and Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Fluids, University of California, Santa Barbara


  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2013
  • Invited Contribution to ‘Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics’ on ‘Turbidity Currents and Their Deposits’ (with B. Kneller)., 2010
  • Invited Plenary Speaker, 22nd International Conference of Parallel Computational Fluid Dynamics, Kaohsiung, Taiwan., 2010
  • Elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society., 2009
  • First prize in 'The Idea' category of the Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards (with B. Kneller, L. Lesshafft, 5,000£). This award recognizes excellence in innovative technology ideas at an early stage of development., 2009
  • Invited Keynote Speaker, Seventh IUTAM Symposium on Laminar-Turbulent Transition, Stockholm, Sweden., 2009
  • Gledden Fellowship, University of Western Australia, 2008
  • Invited Plenary Speaker, 6th International Symposium on Stratified Flows, Perth, Australia, 2006
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Research Award, 2005
  • Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2005
  • ERCOFTAC Visitor, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2003, 2006
  • Invited Plenary Speaker, GAMM 2003 Annual Scientific Conference, Padua, Italy, 2003
  • Invited Speaker, Gordon Conference, 2001
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, School of Engineering, USC, 1997, 1998
  • Presidential Young Investigator Award (National Science Foundation), 1990

Selected Publications

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  • High-Resolution Numerical Simulations of Resuspending Gravity Currents: Conditions for Self-Sustainment, J. Geophys. Res. C: Oceans, 110, 205, C12, F. Blanchette et al.
  • Miscible Displacements in a Hele-Shaw Cell: Two-Dimensional Base States and Their Linear Stability, J. Fluid Mech, 558, 2006, 329, N. Goyal and E. Meiburg
  • Small Particles in Homogeneous Turbulence: Settling Velocity Enhancement by Two-Way Coupling, Physics of Fluids, 18, 2006, 027102, T. Bosse, L. Kleiser and E. Meiburg
  • Influence of Variable Viscosity on Density-Driven Instabilities in Capillary Tubes, J. Fluid Mechanics, 525, 2005, 333, M. Payr, S.H. Vanaparthy and E. Meiburg
  • Mixing and Dissipation in Particle-Driven Gravity Currents, J. Fluid Mechanics, 545, 2005, 339, F. Necker et al.
  • Three-Dimensional Miscible Displacement Simulations in Homogeneous Porous Media with Gravity Override, J. Fluid Mechanics, 494, 2003, 95, A. Riaz and E. Meiburg
  • Three-Dimensional Vortex Breakdown in Swirling Jets and Wakes: Direct Numerical Simulation, J. Fluid Mechanics, 486, 2003, 331, M. Ruith et al.
  • Miscible Rectilinear Displacements with Gravity Override. Part 2: Heterogeneous Porous Media, J. Fluid Mechanics, 420, 2000, 259, M. Ruith, E. Camhi and E. Meiburg
  • Three-Dimensional Features of Particle Dispersion in a Nominally Plane Mixing Layer, Physics of Fluids, 8, 1996, 2266, B. Marcu and E. Meiburg
  • Three-Dimensional Shear Layers via Vortex Dynamics, J. Fluid Mechanics, 189, 1988, 87, W.T. Ashurst and E. Meiburg

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