
John
Robert Blake, FIMA, C.Math

Graduate of the University of Adelaide (Australia) and University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). 

Main research interests are in the area of applied mathematics and fluid mechanics with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary research in science, engineering, medicine, sport and the environment. 

Teaching experience has been primarily associated with mathematical techniques during the first two years, while more disciplinespecific courses have considered in the latter years of an undergraduate programme. 

Lectures have included Fluid mechanics, Low Reynolds number fluid mechanics, Biological & Physiological fluid mechanics, Dynamics of multiphase flow and Environmental fluid mechanics. 

Former Head of School and Dean of Faculty at Universities of Wollongong (Australia) and Birmingham (United Kingdom).  
Former Member of Executive, University of Birmingham.  
Former Director of the UK Higher Education Academy's Mathematics, Statistics & Operational Research Network, a national learning and teaching support network and the U.K. Mathematics Courseware Consortium (MATHWISE). 
1.
Membership of
Professional Societies
2. Research Experience and Interests
In Biological and Physiological Fluid Mechanics 


Mechanics
of ciliary propulsion Mathematical embryology: the fluid mechanics of nodal cilia +
Foetal lung physiology 
In Low Reynolds Number Fluid Mechanics 


Fundamental
singularities and image systems in different boundaries 
In Engineering and Industrial Areas 


Dynamics
of growth and collapse of cavitation bubbles + 
In Environmental Areas 


Sedimentation
of industrial slurries 
In Energy Research 


Twophase
flow in porous media 
In Food Research 


Oxygen
diffusion in food 
In Sport 


Behaviour of a golf clubhead 
+~ Areas of current research activity.
3. Selected publications
[Citations above 50 are indicated: source Google Scholar]
BLAKE, J.R. 1971 A spherical envelope approach to ciliary propulsion. J. Fluid Mech. 46, 199208. [101]  
BLAKE, J.R. 1971 Infinite models for ciliary propulsion. J. Fluid Mech. 49, 209222. [53]  

BLAKE, J.R. 1971 A note on the
image system for a stokeslet in a no slip boundary. Proc.
Camb. Phil. Soc. 70, 303310. [229] 

BLAKE, J.R. 1972 A model for the
microstructure in ciliated microorganisms. J. Fluid Mech. 55,
123. (also published 1985 Physical Society of Japan "Selected Papers
in Physics" Series in Biological Fluid Dynamics No.
83, 131153). [79] 

BLAKE, J.R. and SLEIGH, M. 1974
Mechanics of ciliary locomotion. Biol. Rev. 49,
85125. [96] 
BLAKE, J.R and CHWANG, A.T. 1974 Fundamental singularities of viscous flow. Part 1: The image systems in the vicinity of a stationary noslip boundary. J. Eng. Math 8, 2329. [71]  
BLAKE, J.R. 1975 On the movement of mucus in the lung. J. Biomech. 8, 179190. [60]  

BLAKE, J.R. and GIBSON, D.C.
1981 Growth and collapse of a vapour cavity near a free surface. J.
Fluid Mech. 111, 123140. [100] 

BLAKE, J.R., TAIB, B.B. and
DOHERTY, G. 1986 Transient cavities near boundaries. Part 1. Rigid
boundary. J. Fluid Mech. 170,
479497. [204] 

BLAKE, J.R., TAIB, B.B. and
DOHERTY, G. 1987 Transient cavities near boundaries. Part 2. Free
surface. J. Fluid Mech. 181,
197212. [71] 

BLAKE, J.R. and GIBSON, D.C.
1987 Cavitation bubbles near boundaries. Ann. Rev. Fluid Mech.
19, 99123. [223] 

SLEIGH, M.A., BLAKE, J.R. and
LIRON, N. 1988 State of Art: The propulsion of mucus by cilia. Am.
Rev. Resp. Disease 137, 726741 (also
published 1989 in Lung Disease: State of the Art, American Lung Assoc.
pp. 133148). [238] 

BLAKE, J.R. 1988 The Kelvin
impulse: application to cavitation bubble dynamics. J. Aust.
Math. Soc. Ser. B 30, 127146. 

BOULTONSTONE, J. and BLAKE,
J.R. 1993 Gas bubbles bursting at a free surface. J. Fluid
Mech. 254, 437466. [115] 

BEST, J.P. and BLAKE, J.R. 1994
An estimate of the Kelvin impulse of a transient cavity. J.
Fluid Mech. 261, 7593. 

BLAKE, J.R. and OTTO, S.R. 1996.
Ciliary propulsion, chaotic filtration and a 'blinking' stokeslet. J.
Eng. Math. 30, 151168. 

BLAKE, J.R., HOOTON, M.C.,
ROBINSON, P.B. & TONG, R.P. 1997 Collapsing cavities, toroidal
bubbles and jet impact. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. 355,
537550. [50] 

TONG, R.P.,
SCHIFFERS, W.P., SHAW, S.J., BLAKE, J.R. and EMMONY, D.C. 1999
The role of `splashing' in the collapse of a laser generated cavity
near a rigid boundary. J. Fluid Mech. 380,
339  361. 

BLAKE, J.R., KEEN,
G.S., TONG, R.P. and WILSON, M. 1999 Acoustic cavitation: the
fluid dynamics of nonspherical bubbles. Phil. Trans. Roy.
Soc. A357, 251  267. 
BRUJAN, E.A., KEEN, G.S., VOGEL, A. and BLAKE, J.R. 2002 The final stages of collapse of a cavitation bubble near a rigid boundary. Phys. Fluids 14, 8592. [66]  

ORME, B.A.A., OTTO, S.R.
& BLAKE, J.R. 2003 Modelling the motion of particles around
choanoflagellates. J. Fluid Mech. 475,
333355. 

PEARSON, A., BLAKE, J.R.
& OTTO, S.R. 2004 Jets in bubbles. J. Eng. Math. 48,
391412. 

SZERI, A.J., STOREY, B.D.,
BLAKE, J.R. & PEARSON, A. 2003 Heat and mass transfer during
the violent collapse of nonspherical bubbles. Physics of
Fluids 15, 25762586. 

COX, E., PEARSON, A., BLAKE,
J.R. & OTTO, S.R. 2004 Comparison of methods for modelling the
behaviour of bubbles produced by marine seismic airguns. Geophysical
Prospecting 52, 451477. 
BRUJAN, E.A., PEARSON, A. & BLAKE, J.R. 2005 Pulsating, buoyant bubbles close to a rigid boundary and near the null final Kelvin impulse state. Int. J. Multiphase Flow 31, 302317.  
SMITH, D.J., GAFFNEY, E.A. & BLAKE, J.R. 2007 Discrete cilia modelling with singularity distributions: applications to the embryonic node and the airway surface liquid. Bull. Math Biol. 69, 14771510.  
CALVESI, M.L., LINDAU, O., BLAKE, J.R. & SZERI, A.J. 2007 Shape stability and violent collapse of microbubbles in acoustic travelling waves. Physics of Fluids, 19, 047101.  
SMITH, D.J., BLAKE, J.R. & GAFFNEY, E.A. 2008 Fluid mechanics of nodal flow due to embryonic primary cilia. J. Royal Society Interface 5, 567573.  
SMITH, D.J., GAFFNEY, E.A. & BLAKE, J.R. 2008 Modelling mucociliary clearance. Resp. Physiol. & Neurobiol. 163, 178199.  
SMITH, D.J. and BLAKE, J.R. 2009 Surface accumulation of spermatazoa: a fluid dynamic phenomenon. Math Sci. 34, 7487.  
BLAKE, J.R., TUCK, E.O. and WAKELEY, P.W. 2010 A note on the Stransform and slender body theory in stokes flow. IMA J. Applied Math. 75, 345355.  
WANG, Q.X. and BLAKE, J.R. 2010 Nonspherical bubble dynamics n a compressible fluid. Part 1: Travelling acoustic wave. J. Fluid Mech. 659, 191224.  
SMITH, D.J., SMITH, A.A. and BLAKE, J.R. 2011 Mathematical embryology: the fluid mechanics of nodal cilia. J. Eng. Math.  
GAFFNEY, E.A., GADELHA, H., SMITH, D.J., BLAKE, J.R. and KIRKMANBROWN, J.C. 2011 Mammalian sperm motility: observation and theory. Ann. Rev. Fluid 43, 501528. 
4. Research Funding
Australian Research Grants Committee 

National Health and Medical Research Council 

Australian Atomic Energy Commission 

University of Wollongong Research Grants Committee 

University of Wollongong/CSIRO Collaborative Research Scheme 

Australian Research Council 

United Kingdom Admiralty Research Establishment, Dunfermline 

Science and Engineering Research Council Mathematics Committee 

Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, Fort Halstead, Winfrith, HASLAR 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Mathematics Programme 

WesternGeco 

QinetiQ Ltd, Centre for Marine Technology 
5.
Research
Students

Ph.D. 


Australia 


United Kingdom D. Smith "Models of mucociliary
transport in the lung" P. Wakeley "Optimisation and properties of gamete transport" G. Curtiss "Cavitation bubble interaction with multiphase flow" I. Ogilvy "Fluid dynamics of underwater explosions"



M.Sc./M.Phil(B) 


S. Nicholls "Mathematical models
of a muscle/tendon complex in a human joint" Subiarto "Water coning in oil reservoirs" M. Grammatika "Transport
phenomena associated with complex fluids in microfluidic devices" 


Current Ph.D. students 


J.Ndam "Fluid mechanics of a detached retina" (University of Jos, Nigeria) T. Johnson "Modelling mechanics of sperm motility" A. Smith "Fluid mechanics of nodal cilia" 
Wollongong Dr P Cerone Dr P Vann Dr A Kucera Dr R Paull Mr D Jamieson Dr BP Huynh Dr T TranCong 
Birmingham Dr P Harris Dr J Norris Dr S Shaw Dr JM BoultonStone Dr GS Keen Dr RP Tong Dr A Pearson Dr PM Haese Dr M Calvisi Dr DJ Smith 
Editor: The Mathematical Scientist 

Former Associate Editor, Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics, IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics  
Invited Editor: Special issue of Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. (1999) on "Acoustic cavitation and sonoluminescence" 357, 199369. 
8. Teaching Experience
Taught a range
of courses at the Australian
National University, Canberra and University of Wollongong, New South
Wales,
Australia.
Recent lectures at the University of Birmingham include:
Calculus for First Year Students, 

Research Frontiers in Applied Mathematics, 

Biological and Physiological Fluid Mechanics, 

Viscous Fluid Dynamics and its Applications, 

History of Twentieth Century Fluid Mechanics  Prandtl, von Karman & Taylor. 
9.
External
Examiner
University of Bath, School of Mathematical Sciences (19921995) 

University of Exeter, Department of Mathematics (19931996) 

University of Pertanian, Malaysia, Department of Mathematics (1994) 

University of Bristol, Department of Mathematics (19961998 ) 

University of Manchester, Department of Mathematics (19971999 ) 

University of Nottingham (19992002) 

University of Bristol, Engineering Mathematics (20002003) 
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