MA, MSc, MSc, PhD
Fellow (D), Tutor
- Fellow (D)
- Assistant Tutor (Undergraduates)
- Royal Society University Research Fellow
Telephone: +44 (0) 1223 764043
Dr. Vriend started her independent research career in January 2014 as a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow. In October 2019 she was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellow which will continue until September 2024.
My research focuses on the dynamics of granular materials, with a special interest in geophysical phenomena occurring in nature and engineering problems in industry. Granular materials span a range of scales, from the micro-scale in grain phenomena to the macro-scale in large systems such as avalanches and dunes. Despite their importance, granular materials remain poorly understood; due to the lack of a comprehensive physical description, mathematical tools and techniques are insufficient to fully predict behaviour of granular materials in industrial and natural applications at this time.
In my research program I aim to gain a deeper understanding of the physics of granular materials across all different scales and flow regimes. My interests can be classified into the following areas:
- wave propagation in a particulate material
- avalanching of a granular material and
- near-surface geophysical techniques to characterise soil, sand and geophysical mass flows.
Although I am first and foremost an experimentalist, I also employ numerical simulations to develop analytical models and to form a comprehensive picture of open research questions.