Edward J. Shaughnessy

Professor Emeritus in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Professor Shaughnessy's research interests include analytical, experimental, and computational studies of flow problems arising in biology, medicine, and biotechnology as well as in more traditional mechanical engineering applications.

Current research efforts include the effect of flow of non-Newtonian fluid properties on the flow separation near a tee junction representing a model of blood flow near a coronary artery graft; heat and momentum transfer near rough surfaces modeled by fractal distributions of surface roughness; the influence of flow on particle trajectories in electrostatic precipitators, inertial separators and aerosol sampling devices; and flow processes within or near deformable boundaries. The above work employs finite element based computational fluid dynamics using steady and transient simulations of 2-D and 3-D flow.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor Emeritus in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 056 Engineering Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: +1 919 660 5304
  • Email Address: eshaughn@duke.edu


  • B.S.E. Manhattan College, 1969
  • M.S. University of Virginia, 1971
  • Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1975

Representative Publications

  • Ren, H., R. B. Fair, M. G. Pollack, and E. J. Shaughnessy. “Dynamics of electro-wetting droplet transport.” Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical 87, no. 1 (November 15, 2002): 201–6. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0925-4005(02)00223-X.
  • Katz, I. M., E. J. Shaughnessy, and B. B. Cress. “A technical problem in the calculation of laminar flow near irregular surfaces described by sampled geometric data.” Journal of Biomechanics 28, no. 4 (April 1995): 461–64. https://doi.org/10.1016/0021-9290(94)00086-j.
  • Shaughnessy, E. J., and J. W. Van Gilder. “Low rayleigh number conjugate convection in straight inclined fractures in rock.” Numerical Heat Transfer; Part A: Applications 28, no. 4 (January 1, 1995): 389–408. https://doi.org/10.1080/10407789508913752.
  • Katz, I. M., E. J. Shaughnessy, and Z. Zhang. “Method for calculating the average cross-section pressure distribution in tube flows within the vorticity-streamfunction formulation.” Numerical Heat Transfer, Part B: Fundamentals 22, no. 3 (January 1, 1992): 349–65. https://doi.org/10.1080/10407799208944988.
  • Shaughnessy, E. J., and G. S. Solomon. “Electrohydrodynamic pressure of the point-to-plane corona discharge.” Aerosol Science and Technology 14, no. 2 (January 1, 1991): 193–200. https://doi.org/10.1080/02786829108959482.