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Associate Professor Justin Leontini

Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering


A/Prof. Justin Leontini is a researcher and teacher in the Department of Mechanical and Product Design Engineering at Swinburne. He gained his PhD from Monash University. He joined Swinburne after completing postdoctoral fellowships at: the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (the national research centre) in Marseille, France; CSIRO; and at Monash as an Australian Postdoctoral Fellow. His research background is in fluid flows, and the simulation of these flows using supercomputing. He has worked on a wide range of flow problems including fundamental fluid-structure interactions, flow stability and the transition to turbulence, bluff body wakes, rotating planetary cores, ship hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, ocean wave power and coastal processes, respiratory flows, and biofilm mitigation.

His and his team's current research is focused on flows that have a reciprocating, or oscillatory, component. They are researching the dynamics of ocean wave power machines, to understand how the details of the flow in these machines changes their dynamics, and to understand how groups of machines interact with the waves they form and each other. They are investigating potential gas transport mechanisms in the human airway that can be utilised for medical ventilation. They are analysing the vibration of airfoils that can occur for small and unpiloted air vehicles, that occurs due to the fluid-structure interaction. They are modelling the curing on carbon-fibre composites for the aerospace industry.

A/Prof. Leontini's research uses knowledge and expertise from fundamental fluid mechanics to solve industrially- or socially-important problems, and is widely collaborative. He currently works with partners at numerous Australian and overseas universities, as well as wider industry partners including: Moyne Shire Council and Mid West Ports Authority; the Murdoch Children's Research Institute; C4Net; 4DMedicalR&D; the Swinburne AIRHub and Boeing; and Cocky Irrigation.

Research interests

Computational Fluid Dynamics; Fluid Mechanics; Fluid-Structure Interaction; Flow Stability and Transition

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Fundamental fluid mechanics of high-frequency ventilation: High-frequency ventilation (HFV) is an artificial ventilation stragegy used in ICU for patients at risk of lung damage. It consists of fast small "breaths", the volume of each being far less than the dead space of the airway, meaning bulk transport of gases cannot occur. The exact gas transport mechanisms are far from understood. The PhD will build computational models to elucidate this process.

Simulation of flow-induced vibrations: Beams in flow can undergo vibration due to a number of fluid-elastic phenomena. This vibration can lead to catastrophic failure, or be used in energy harvesting technologies. The PhD will focus on the simulation of these coupled phenomena, in an effort to understand the link between the geometry of the body, the flow structures and vortices produced, and the subsequent motion of the body.

Fields of Research

  • Fluid Mechanics And Thermal Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified - 401299
  • Computational Methods In Fluid Flow, Heat And Mass Transfer (incl. Computational Fluid Dynamics) - 401204

Teaching areas

Fluid Mechanics;Thermodynamics


  • 2011, National, Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship, Australian Research Council


Also published as: Leontini, Justin; Leontini, J.; Leontini, J. S.; Leontini, Justin S.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: Impact of MGPS performance on the development of biofouling and corrosion in seawater pipework systems *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2023: ARC Training Centre for Biofilm Research and Innovation *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2022: 4DMedical R&D Pty Ltd - Multiscale modelling of gas transport in airways *; 4D Medical R&D Pty Ltd_FS
  • 2021: Controlling coastlines while generating power *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2021: Donald and Tarnagulla Microgrid Feasibility Study- Community Engagement *; C4NET Fund Scheme
  • 2020: The problems of Obesity in Buildings and Computation *; ARUP AUSTRALIA SERVICES PTY LTD
  • 2019: Understanding disadvantaged and vulnerable Victorian residents and businesses (Student) *; Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
  • 2018: Gas transport during high-frequency ventilation *; Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • 2018: New Wave Energy Device *; Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute Intern Program
  • 2017: Flow Measurement Facility for Large-Scale Industrial Aerodynamics *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2015: Investigation of the Production of Noise during Flow-induced Vibration *; Visiting Researcher Scheme
  • 2014: Towards an Australian capability in arrays of ocean wave-power machines *; Emerging Renewables Program

* Chief Investigator

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