Rheological characterization of complex fluids
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 Fellowship.
Applied Math., University of California in Santa Barbara  USA, 20132013
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
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 46.000 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 (19982000), 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 (2013). He joined the University of Brasília in 1995, and is currently Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Applied Mathematics and a Researcher (PQ) of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development – CNPq – Brazil since 1996. He is a CNPq's researcher level PQ  1, since 2000. 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 (20152019). 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. His theory on hydrodynamic diffusion in suspension is largely used for modelling particle or cell's migration in blood flow. Recent CNPq' Award (fellowship  2021) to support a sabbatical period of research on complex fluids at UPennUSA (2022).
