Professor of Applied and Theoretical Mechanics
Chair of Fluid Dynamics
University of Brasília

Professor F.R. CUNHA, Ph.D
BSc., MSc. (UnB), Ph.D (DAMTP-Univ. of Cambridge - UK)
Post-Docs (Yale University - USA and Univ of California in SB-USA)
My ORCID: 0000-0003-2882-8195
Leader of the VORTEX - Fluid Mechanics of Complex Flows Research Group/CNPq
Coordinator of Microhydrodynamics and Rheology Laboratory
Researcher Fellow of CNPq - Productivity Fellowship: PQ-1A
Editor-in-Chief of the J. Braz. Soc. Mech. Sci and Engn - Springer / ABCM - (JCR-2016/2017: 1.235)

Research: FRC heads the Fluid Mechanics of Complex Flows Group and the Microhydrodynamics and Rheology LAB at University of Brasilia. His current research interests include: rheology of complex fluids; hydrodynamic of magnetic fluids, non-Newtonian fluid dynamics, microhydrodynamics of active and passive particles in suspensions; and mechanics of mobile suspensions in general. His research is highly interdisciplinary.

Supervision: Most of the scientific publications informed below involve the results of thesis, dissertations, final year project and scientific initiation research developed with graduate and undergraduate students under our close supervision at University of Brasilia - ENM - VORTEX. We have highly valorized publishing with our students as expected by CAPES and CNPq in Brazil.

Current Semester UnB - 2/2017

Undergraduate: Fluid Mechanics

Graduate Course: Continuum Mechanics

University of Brasília - Dep. of Mechanical Engineering - FT
Fluid Mechanics of Complex Flows - Research Group - VORTEX (NEW SITE)
Fluid Mechanics of Complex Flows - Research Group - VORTEX (OLD SITE)
Campus Universitário - Asa Norte, Brasília-DF, BRAZIL, 70910-900
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  • A.P. Rosa, G.C. Abade & F.R. Cunha, Computer Simulations of Equilibrium Magnetization and Microstructure in Magnetic Fluids, Physics of Fluids (JCR=2.232), Vol 29/6 - DOI:, 092006 (13p), 2018.

  • Y. Z. Sinzato, N.J. Dias & F.R. Cunha, An experimental investigation of the interfacial tension between liquid-liquid mixtures in the presence of surfactants, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science (JCR=2.830), Vol 85C, 370-378, 2017.

  • R.G. Gontijo, S. Malvar, Y.D. Sobral & F.R. Cunha, The influence of a magnetic field on the mechanical behavior of a fluid interface, Meccanica - Springer: (JCR=2.196) , Vol 52/6 , 1309-1327, 2017.

  • S. Malvar, R.G. Gontijo & F.R. Cunha, Nonlinear Motion of an Oscillating Bubble Immersed in a Magnetic Fluid, Journal of Engineering Mathematics-Springer: (JCR=1.076), Vol 106, 1-28, 2017.

  • R.G. Gontijo & F.R. Cunha, Numerical simulations of magnetic suspensions with hydrodynamic and dipole-dipole magnetic interactions, Physics of Fluids - (JCR=2.232), Vol 29 , 062004 (21p), 2017.

  • S. Malvar, R.G. Gontijo, B.S. Carmo and F.R. Cunha, On the Kinematics-Wave Motion of Living Particles in Suspension, Biomicrofluidics (JCR=2.535), Vol 11, 044112-1 a 044112-16, 2017.

  • A.P. Rosa, F.R. Cunha & H.D. Ceniceros, On Minimal Energy Dipole Moment Distributions in Regular Polygonal Agglomerates, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials : (JCR=2.630), Vol 421, 269-282, 2017.

  • I. R. Siqueira, R. B. Rebouças, T. F. Oliveira & F. R. Cunha, A New Mesh Relaxation Approach and Automatic Time-Step Control Method for Boundary Integral Simulations of a Viscous Drop, Int. J. Numer. Meth. Fluids (JCR=1.6520) - Wiley InterScience, Vol 84, 221-238, 2017.

  • F.R. Cunha, A.P. Rosa & N.J. Dias, Rheology of a Very Dilute Magnetic Suspension with Micro-Structures of Nanoparticles, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials: (JCR=2.630), Vol 397C (DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2015.08.039), 266-274, 2016.

  • S. Malvar, R.G. Gontijo & F.R. Cunha, Pattern Identification on the Nonlinear Motion of an Oscillating Bubble, Latin American Journal of Solids and Structures (JCR=1.1060) , Vol 13 (13), 2464-2489, 2016.

  • R.G. Gontijo, S. Malvar & F.R. Cunha, Magnetic particulate suspensions from the perspective of a dynamical system, Powder Technology: (JCR=2.942), Vol 297, 165-182, 2016.

  • A.P. Rosa, R.G. Gontijo & F.R. Cunha, Laminar pipe flow with drag reduction induced by a magnetic field gradient, Applied Mathematical Modeling - Elsevier : (JCR=2.350), Vol 40 (DOI: 10.1016/j.apm.2015.10.050), 3907-3918, 2016.

  • T.F. Oliveira & F.R. Cunha, Emulsion Rheology for Steady and Oscillatory Shear Flows at Moderate and High Viscosity Ratio, Rheologica Acta - Springer: (JCR=1.767), Vol 54, 951-971, 2015.

  • R.G. Gontijo & F.R. Cunha, Dynamic numerical simulations of magnetically interacting suspensions in creeping flow, Powder Technology: (JCR=2.942), Vol 279 (DOI: 10.1016/j.powtec.2015.03.033), 146-165, 2015.

  • F.R. Cunha, R.G. Gontijo & Y.D. Sobral, Symmetry breaking of particle trajectories due to magnetic interactions in a dilute suspension, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials: (JCR=2.630), Vol 326, 240-250, 2013.

  • F.R. Cunha & D.L. Albernaz , Oscillatory motion of a spherical bubble in a non-Newtonian fluid, Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics ; (JCR=2.536), Vol 191, 35-44, 2013.

  • D.L. Albernaz & F.R. Cunha, Unsteady Motion of a Spherical Bubble in a Complex Fluid: Mathematical Modelling and Simulation, Applied Mathematical Modelling: (JCR=2.350), Vol 37, DOI: 10.1016/j.apm.2013.03.065, 8972-8984, 2013.

  • F.R. Cunha, Y.D. Sobral & R.G. Gontijo, Stabilization of concentration waves in fluidized beds of magnetic particles, Powder Technology: (JCR=2.942), Vol 24 (1C), 219-229, 2013.

  • R.G. Gontijo & F.R. Cunha, Experimental investigation on thermo-magnetic convection inside cavities, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology - American Scientific Publishers: (JCR=1.483) , Vol 12, 9198-9207, 2012.

  • T.F. Oliveira & F.R. Cunha, A theoretical description of a dilute emulsion of very viscous drops undergoing unsteady simple shear, Journal of Fluids Engineering - Transitions of the ASME (AIP - American Institute of Physics): (JCR=1.437), Vol 133 (10), 101208 (8p), 2011.

  • F.R. Cunha & H.L.G. Couto, On the influence of the hydrodynamic interactions on the aggregation rate of magnetic spheres in a dilute suspension, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials:(JCR=2.630), Vol 323/1 , 77-82, 2011.

  • D.L. Albernaz & F.R. Cunha, Bubble dynamics in a Maxwell fluid with extensional viscosity, Mechanics Research Communications: (JCR=1.667), Vol 38/3, 255, 2011.

  • R.V.V Lopes, L.F.B Osório, I.S Resk, M.J.A Sales, M.L. Santos, F.R. Cunha, Physicochemical and rheological properties of polyol from passion fruit oil, European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology: (JCR=2.145), Vol 112 , 1253-1262, 2010.

  • F.R. Cunha & H.L. Couto, Transverse Gradient Diffusion in a Polydisperse Dilute Suspension of Magnetic Spheres During Sedimentation, J. Phys: Condens. Matter: (JCR=2.649), Vol 20, 204129, 2008.

  • F.R. Cunha & H.L.G. Couto, A New Boundary Integral Formulation to Describe Three-Dimensional Motions of Interfaces Between Magnetic Fluids, Applied Mathematics and Computation: (JCR=1.738), Vol 199/1, 70, 2008.

  • F.R. Cunha & M. Andreotti, A Study of the Effect of Polymer Solution in Promoting Friction Reduction in Turbulent Channel Flow , Journal of Fluids Engineering - Transitions of the ASME (AIP - American Institute of Physics): (JCR=1.437), Vol 129, 491, 2007.

  • G.C. Abade & F.R. Cunha, Computer Simulation of Particle Aggregates During Sedimentation, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering: (JCR=3.949), Vol 196, 4597, 2007.

  • Y.D. Sobral, T.F. Oliveira & F.R. Cunha , On the Unsteady Forces During the Motion of a Sedimenting Particle , Powder Technology: (JCR=2.942), Vol 178, 131, 2007.

  • RC Alvarenga & FR Cunha, Boundary Integral Simulations of three Dimensional Inviscid Flows, Latin American Journal of Solids and Structures ((JCR=1.1060), Vol 3, 161, 2006.

  • S.C.A Absi, G.C. Carvalho & F.R. Cunha, A Statistical Approach for Monitoring Stochastic Welding Processes , Journal of Materials Processing Technology: (JCR=3.147), Vol 175, 4, 2006.

  • F.R. Cunha & Y.D. Sobral, Characterization of the Physical Parameters in a Process of Magnetic Separation and Pressure Driven Flows of a Magnetic Fluid in a Cylindrical Tube, Physica A: (JCR=2.243), Vol 343, 36, 2004.

  • FR Cunha, MH Almeida & M Loewenberg, Direct Numerical Simulations of Emulsion Flows, J. Braz. Soc. Mech. Sci (JCR=1.235), Vol 25, 30, 2003.

  • YD Sobral & FR Cunha, A Stability Analysis of a Magnetic Fluidized Bed, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (JCR=2.630), Vol 258, 464, 2003.

  • F.R. Cunha & M. Loewenberg, A Study of Emulsion Expansion by a Boundary Integral Method, Mechanics Research Comm. (JCR=1.667), Vol 30/6, 639, 2003.

  • F.R. Cunha, A.J. Sousa & P.C. Morais, The Dynamic Behaviour of a Collapsing Bubble in a Magnetic field, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials: (JCR=2.630), Vol 252, 271, 2002.

  • F.R. Cunha, G.C. Abade, A.J. Sousa & E.J. Hinch, Modeling and Direct Simulation of Velocity Fluctuations and Particle-Velocity Correlations in Sedimentation, Journal of Fluids Engineering - Transitions of the ASME (AIP - American Institute of Physics): (JCR=1.437), Vol 124, 4, 957, 2002.

  • F.R. Cunha, A.J. Sousa & E.J. Hinch, Numerical Simulation of Velocity Fluctuations and Dispersion of Sedimenting Particles, Chem. Engn. Comm: (JCR=1.297), Vol 189/9, 1105, 2002.

  • F.R. Cunha & E.J. Hinch, Shear induced dispersion in a dilute suspension of rough spheres, Journal of Fluid Mechanics; (JCR=2.821), Vol 309, 211, 1996.

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