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Associate Professor Justin Leontini

Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering


Dr Justin Leontini’s research spans fundamental fluid-structure interactions, planetary core flows, ship hydrodynamics, flow stability and the transition to turbulence.

Recently, Dr Leontini has been building a project investigating the gas transport mechanisms in specialty ventilation machines in neonatal ICU wards. All of this research is focused around understanding the fundamental physics of flow phenomena that have relevance to engineering or natural problems.

Prior to joining Swinburne in 2013, Dr Leontini was an Australian Postdoctoral Fellow at Monash University, spent time working at the Centre for Maths and Information Science at CSIRO, and at l'Institut de Recherche sur les Phénomènes Hors Equilibre (Dynamic Systems Research Institute) in Marseille, France.

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

  • 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 *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
  • 2019: Understanding disadvantaged and vulnerable Victorian residents and businesses (Student Negar Mohammadhosseini) *; 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: Flow-induced vibration of slender structures and its control *; ARC Discovery Projects 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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