Wilfried Coenen

Wilfried Coenen

Office: 1.1.D.12C    Phone: (+34) 91 624 6034    Email: wcoenen @ ing.uc3m.es


I started studying theoretical physics in my home country Belgium at the Universiteit Hasselt. I then continued my studies at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, where in 2005 I obtained a M.Sc. in Applied Physics. During my master's thesis I stayed 9 months at the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics.

After finishing my studies in Eindhoven, I moved to Spain to start a PhD at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. My PhD thesis titled "Absolute instability in the near field of low-density jets" was directed by Alejandro Sevilla and was presented in 2010.

During a post-doc, I collaborated with the fluid mechanics research group at the Universidad de Jaén. In 2011 I joined the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid again as a lecturer, where I stayed until my transfer to UC San Diego in 2015.


Curriculum vitae

Research interests

  • Fire whirls
  • Buoyancy-induced flame instabilities and flame dynamics
  • Low-density jets
  • Steady streaming in oscillatory flow
  • Cerebrospinal fluid motion & intrathecal drug delivery

Journal Publications

  1. W. Coenen, C. Gutiérrez-Montes, S. Sincomb, E. Criado-Hidalgo, C. Martínez-Bazán, K. King, V. Haughton, A. L. Sánchez, J. C. Lasheras,
    Subject-specific evaluation of CSF bulk flow in the spinal canal: recirculating flow patterns and implications for ITDD drug dispersion.
    Am. J. Neuroradiol. Awaiting number (2019)
    doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A6097
  2. W. Coenen, E. J. Kolb, A. L. Sánchez, F. A. Williams,
    Observed dependence of characteristics of liquid-pool fires on swirl magnitude.
    Comb. Flame 205, 1-6 (2019).
    doi: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2019.03.032
  3. W. Coenen, P. Rajamanickam, A. D. Weiss, A. L. Sánchez, F. A. Williams,
    Swirling flow induced by jets and plumes.
    Acta Mech. 230(6) 2221-2231 (2019).
    doi: 10.1007/s00707-019-02382-2
  4. J. I. Jiménez-González, C. Manglano-Villamarín, W. Coenen,
    The role of geometry on the global instability of wakes behind streamwise rotating axisymmetric bodies.
    Eur. J. Mech. B/Fluids 76, 205-222 (2019).
    doi: 10.1016/j.euromechflu.2019.03.003
  5. J. J. Lawrence, W. Coenen, A. L. Sánchez, G. Pawlak, C. Martínez-Bazán, V. Haughton, J. C. Lasheras,
    On the dispersion of a drug delivered intrathecally in the spinal canal.
    J. Fluid Mech. 861, 679-720 (2019).
    doi: 10.1017/jfm.2018.937
  6. P. Rajamanickam, W. Coenen, A. L. Sánchez, F. A. Williams,
    Influences of stoichiometry on steadily propagating triple flames in counterflows.
    Proc. Comb. Inst. 37 (2), 1971-1977 (2019).
    doi: 10.1016/j.proci.2018.05.044
  7. D. Moreno-Boza, W. Coenen, J. Carpio, A. L. Sánchez, F. A. Williams,
    On the critical conditions for pool-fire puffing.
    Comb. Flame 192, 426-438 (2018).
    doi: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2018.02.011
  8. A. Weiss, W. Coenen, A. L. Sánchez, F. A. Williams,
    The acoustic response of Burke-Schumann counterflow flames.
    Comb. Flame 192, 25-34 (2018).
    doi: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2018.01.039
  9. W. Coenen, X. Garnaud, L. Lesshafft, A. Sevilla,
    Global instability of low-density jets.
    J. Fluid Mech. 820, 187-207 (2017).
    doi: 10.1017/jfm.2017.203
  10. A. D. Weiss, W. Coenen, A. L. Sánchez,
    Aerodynamics of planar counterflowing jets.
    J. Fluid Mech. 821, 1-30 (2017).
    doi: 10.1017/jfm.2017.192
  11. P. Rajamanickam, W. Coenen, A. L. Sánchez,
    Non-Boussinesq stability analysis of natural-convection gaseous flow on inclined hot plates.
    Int. J. Heat. Mass. Transfer 109, 949-957 (2017).
    doi: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2017.02.010
  12. W. Coenen,
    Steady streaming around a cylinder pair.
    Proc. R. Soc. A 472, 20160522 (2016).
    doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2016.0522
  13. D. Moreno-Boza, W. Coenen, A. Sevilla, J. Carpio, A. L. Sánchez, A. Liñan,
    Diffusion-flame flickering as a hydrodynamic global mode.
    J. Fluid Mech. 798, 997-1014 (2016).
    doi: 10.1017/jfm.2016.358
  14. W. Coenen,
    Oscillatory flow about a cylinder pair with unequal radii.
    Fluid Dyn. Res. 45, 055511 (2013).
    doi: 10.1088/0169-5983/45/5/055511
  15. W. Coenen, A. Sevilla,
    The structure of the absolutely unstable regions in the near field of low-density jets.
    J. Fluid Mech. 713, 123-149 (2012).
    doi: 10.1017/jfm.2012.441
  16. W. Coenen, A. Sevilla, A. L. Sánchez,
    Viscous stability analysis of jets with discontinuous base profiles.
    Eur. J. Mech. B/Fluids 36, 128-138 (2012).
    doi: 10.1016/j.euromechflu.2012.03.016
  17. W. Coenen, N. Riley,
    Oscillatory flow about a cylinder pair.
    Q. Jl. Mech. Appl. Math. 62(1), 53-66 (2009).
    doi: 10.1093/qjmam/hbn024
  18. W. Coenen, A. Sevilla, A. L. Sánchez,
    Absolute instability of light jets emerging from circular injector tubes.
    Phys. Fluids 20, 074104 (2008).
    doi: 10.1063/1.2952597