PhD Thesis

My PhD Thesis and other works are available for download here.



Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at the Escola Politécnica of University of São Paulo, Brazil.



Fluids and Dynamics Research Group at he Univeristy of São Paulo, Brazil.


BBVF at Imperial College
Bluff Bodies and Vortex Flows is our research group at the Department of Aeronautics of Imperial College, London.

PhD Comics
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I am an Assistant Professor (Professor Doutor) in the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.


I have mostly been working with experimental fluid dynamics, focusing on external flow around bluff bodies and fluid-structure interaction (hydroelasticity). In Brazil the main motivation has been the offshore industry, led by the challenges to extract oil from ultra-deep waters. My research projects have always been related to the fundamental understanding of fluid-structures phenomena. Read more...


Einstein was once asked if he thought everything could be put in scientific terms and he replied: "Yes, that is conceivable, but it would make no sense. It would be as if one were to reproduce Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the form of an air pressure curve."









I got my first degree as a Naval and Ocean Engineer at University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 2003. During 5 years as an undergrad student I was quite interested in Experimental Fluid Mechanics (I was one of those few students who enjoyed the labs). At that time I started my scientific career under the supervision of Prof Julio Meneghini.


After graduation, I stayed with the same research group (NDF) for another 2 years as a postgraduation student to pursue my MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering (Energy and Fluids) later in 2005 (just before getting married). At that time I thought about applying for a PhD abroad and was granted a scholarship from CAPES (Brazilian Ministry of Education) in 2006. I completed my PhD programme in October 2009 in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College working under the supervision of Prof Peter Bearman in London, UK. Read more...



But recently a new area has appeared in my mind... Find out more about my new interest in biomimetics.



Participation in TV documentaries


Big, Bigger and Biggeest

(Aug 2009)

I took part in a TV documentary about the evolution of offshore platforms. The series is called 'Big, Bigger and Biggest', produced by National Geographic. It was first broadcasted in the UK by Channel FIve in August 2009. Watch it here.

This is how Channel Five describes the programme:

Documentary series that examines the technology behind some of the largest feats of engineering in the world. This edition studies six developments that have made the construction of a giant floating oil rig possible. The 45,000-ton Perdido platform lies in the Gulf of Mexico with pipes stretching 3,000 metres into the sea. This feat of off-shore engineering is largely due to six design breakthroughs stretching back to the first oil rig over water in 1891.


Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections: Earthquake Bridge

(Jan 2011)

Recently, my work has been featured in a BBC and National Geographic documentary called 'Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections: Earthquake Bridge'. Read more...

Watch it here.






Last updated: February 2013