Laurent B Mydlarski

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering


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Associate Professor - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Dean (Academic Programs)
Associate Editor, Fluid Dynamics Research

Macdonald Engineering Building, Rm 374 [Map]
817 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 0C3
514.398.6293 [Office]
514.398.7365 [Fax]



MECH 346 Heat Transfer
MECH 656 Fundamentals of Turbulent Flow

BASc University of Waterloo, Mechanical Engineering
MS Cornell University, Mechanical Engineering
PhD Cornell University, Mechanical Engineering


Research Interests

My research lies primarily in the area of experimental fluid mechanics. I am interested, in particular, in turbulent flows and the mixing that occurs therein. In my work, scalar (e.g., temperature, moisture, chemical species/pollutant, etc.) mixing is examined with an aim to further understanding the underlying physics of many thermo-fluid processes, including combustion and pollutant dispersion into the environment. The mixing of momentum (which leads to drag) is also studied. The research is approached from a fundamental perspective in which the results are applied to engineering problems, and is performed by way of hot-wire / hot-film anemometry, acoustic Doppler velocimetry, particle-tracking velocimetry, cold-wire (resistance) thermometry and laser-induced fluorescence.

Research Projects

Reynolds and Péclet number effects on turbulence statistics

Scalar dispersion and mixing in turbulent flows

Investigations into the anisotropy of a turbulent passive scalar

Differential diffusion in turbulent flows

Effect of scalar-field initial conditions on turbulent passive scalars

Effect of background turbulence on turbulent flows

Source locating in turbulent flows

Lagrangian analysis of turbulent flows

Measurements within a model of a hydraulic turbine surge chamber

Microelectronics cooling

Available Graduate Student Projects

Should you be interested in applying for graduate studies under my supervision, please send an e-mail to Please include your CV and an unofficial academic transcript. Note that due to the large amount of e-mail I receive, I am not able to reply to all inquiries.

Laboratory Facilities

Aerodynamics Laboratory


Financed researcher in the "Programme stratégique de professeurs-chercheurs, Volet établissement de nouveaux-chercheurs" competition, Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies - Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs et l’Aide à la Recherche, 2000/01-2004/05.

Engineering Alumni Award for Outstanding Teaching, Faculty of Engineering, McGill University, 1999.