FRC is a Professor of Fluid Mechanics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Brasília. He is also a researcher of CNPq Brazil. His current research interests include: rheology of complex fluids; hydrodynamic of magnetic fluids, nonNewtonian fluid dynamics, microhydrodynamics of active and passive particles in suspensions; and mechanics of mobile suspensions in general. His group focuses on developing mathematical and computational modeling tools with experimental investigations, that is highly interdisciplinary.
Education and Formation
Post Doctoral Senior (Sabbatical period).
Applied Math., University of California in Santa Barbara  USA, 2013.
Research topic: Mathematical Models for Magnetic Fluids
Research Collaboration with Prof. Hector D. Ceniceros
Post Doctoral Fellowship.
Chemical Engineering, Yale University, USA, 19982000.
Research topic: Rheology of emulsion flows
Research supervisor: Prof. Michael Loewenberg
Ph.D.
Applied Mathematics, University of Cambridge, UK, 19921995,
Robinson College  DAMTP  Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. Complex
Fluid Group  Microhydrodynamics  (G.K. Batchelor, E.J. Hinch and J.M Rallison).
Thesis title: Hydrodynamic dispersion in suspensions
Advisor: Prof. John Hinch, FRS
M.Sc.
Mechanical Sciences, University of Brasília, Brazil, 19871989.
Dissertation title: Nonlinear mechanisms in fluidized beds.
Advisor: Prof. Antônio F. Parentes Fortes
B.S.
Mechanical Engineering, University of Brasília, Brazil, 19811986.
Pesquisas do Grupo VortexENMUnB
Graduação em Destaque : Link: SITEUnB
Plataform LattesCNPq  Link: FRC Lattes
Academic Google  Link: FRC Citations
WebGroup SystemCNPq  Link: Group VORTEX
Fluid Mechanics Videos by VORTEX Group
• Video 1: Instability of a Magnetic Fluid , by Cunha, F.R. & Abade, G.C., 2002 (This video has over 45.000 views on YouTube !)
• Video 2: The amazing selflocomotion of nematodes. See also PARTT II: Microhydrodynamics of Living Suspensions. These videos have been made during the current investigations of my Ph.D student Sara Malvar (2015current).
• Video 3: Microhydrodynamics of a single drop , by Cunha, F.R. & Dias, N.J., 2013
• Video 4: A Model of Magnetic Separation OilWater , by Cunha, F.R. & Sobral, Y.D., 2004
• Video 5: ThermoMagnetic Convection , by Gontijo, R.G. & Cunha, F.R., 2011. (Presented in the 6th Internacional Conference on Surfaces, Coatings and NanoStructured Material NANOMAT Conference  Krakow  Poland  2011).
• Video 6: SUP  Stand up Paddle Fluid Mechanics (Hydrostatic and Dynamic  drag and lift) .
• Video 7: Talk of Prof. Hinch on the Flow of Elastic Liquids , (Opening talk of COBEM2007Brazil)
Résumé  FRC
Professor Francisco Ricardo Cunha received the diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Brasília, Brazil, in 1986. In 1989, he received a M.S. degree in Mechanical Science from the University of Brasília, Brazil. Then at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics of University of Cambridge  UK, he was conferred, in 1995, a Ph.D. degree in Fluid Mechanics of Hydrodynamic Dispersion in Suspension Flows. He did a Postdoctoral work at Yale University, where he was also a visiting Associate Professor of the Chemical Engineering Department, and also a Postdoctoral program at University of California in Santa Barbara  UCSBUSA. He joined the University of Brasília in 1995, and is currently Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Applied Mathematics and a Researcher (level 1A) of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development – CNPq – Brazil. Prof. Cunha’s current research interests are in Microhydrodynamics, MicroMechanics, Rheology of Complex Fluids and Hydrodynamic of Magnetic Fluids. EditorinChief of Journal of Brazilian Society Mechanical Science and Engineering. Prof. Cunha has published several scientific articles in indexed Journal of high impact in his area as: Physics of Fluids, J. of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Physica A, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Journal of Physics – Condensed Matter, Journal of NonNewtonian Fluid Mechanics, J. of Fluids Engineering, Journal of Engineering Mathematics, BiomicrofluidsAPS, Magnetohydrodynamics, Powder Technology, Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Computer Methods in Appl. Mechanics and Engineering. He also has supervised PhD, masters and graduate students in the past and currently.
Recent Citations of FRC Papers (2017)
 Screening, Hyperuniformity, and Instability in the Sedimentation of Irregular Objects T Goldfriend, H Diamant, TA Witten  Physical Review Letters, 2017  APS.
 Active and Passive Microrheology: Theory and Simulation RN Zia  Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, 2017.
 Mixing by Unstirring: Hyperuniform Dispersion of Interacting Particles upon Chaotic Advection JH Weijs, D Bartolo  Physical Review Letters, 2017  APS.
 SelfOrganized Velocity Pulses of Dense Colloidal Suspensions in Microchannel Flow P Kanehl, H Stark  Physical Review Letters, 2017  APS.
Turbulent channel flow of a dense binary mixture of rigid particles I Lashgari, F Picano, P Costa, WP Breugem. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 2017.
Revisiting the use of the immersedboundary latticeBoltzmann method for simulations of suspended particles L Mountrakis, E Lorenz, AG Hoekstra  Physical Review E, 2017  APS.
Stretching and mixing in sheared particulate suspensions M Souzy, H Lhuissier, E Villermaux, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 2017.
Dispersion of a suspension plug in oscillatory pressuredriven flow FR Cui, AA Howard, MR Maxey, A Tripathi  Physical Review Fluids, 2017  APS.
 Mixing of the fluid phase in slowly sheared particle suspensions of cylinders K Thøgersen, M Dabrowski  Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 2017.
Frictional shear thickening in suspensions: The effect of rigid asperities AK Townsend, HJ Wilson  Physics of Fluids, 2017.
Approximating the Basset force by optimizing the method of van Hinsberg et al. G Casas, A Ferrer, E Oñate  Journal of Computational Physics, 2018  Elsevier.
