A tribute to D.B. Spalding and his contributions in science and engineering

V. Artemov, S. B. Beale, G. de Vahl Davis, M. P. Escudier, N. Fueyo, B. E. Launder, E. Leonardi, M. R. Malin, W. J. Minkowycz, S. V. Patankar, A. Pollard, W. Rodi, A. Runchal, S. P. Vanka

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This paper presents a summary of some of the scientific and engineering contributions of Prof. D.B. Spalding up to the present time. Starting from early work on combustion, and his unique work in mass transfer theory, Spalding's unpublished "unified theory" is described briefly. Subsequent to this, developments in algorithms by the Imperial College group led to the birth of modern computational fluid dynamics, including the well-known SIMPLE algorithm. Developments in combustion, multi-phase flow and turbulence modelling are also described. Finally, a number of academic and industrial applications of computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer applications considered in subsequent years are mentioned. Crown

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3884-3905
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Issue number17-18
StatePublished - Aug 2009


  • Combustion
  • D.B. Spalding
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Heat transfer
  • Mass transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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