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Professeur des Universités


IMFT – Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse (groupe Fluides & Particules)

2 Allée du Professeur Camille Soula, 31400 TOULOUSE 

Phone: +33 5 34 32 29 52



Research at IMFT, Toulouse
Teaching at Toulouse INP-ENSEEIHT, Toulouse


Research interests

  • Immersed granular flows
  • Gravity and turbidity currents
  • Geophysical multiphase flows

Educational and academic positions

  • 2023 – Professor at Toulouse INP (IMFT – ENSEEIHT), Toulouse, France
  • 2017-2023 Associate Professor at INPT (IMFT – ENSEEIHT), Toulouse, France (HDR : videomanuscript)
  • 2008-2017 Assistant Professor at INPT (IMFT – ENSEEIHT), Toulouse, France
  • 2006-2008 Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Florida (with S. Balachandar), Gainesville, FL, USA
  • 2005-2006 Substitute Lecturer at the ENSEEIHT, Toulouse, France
  • 2002-2005 PhD in Fluid Mechanics (with J. Magnaudet) , INPT-IMFT, Toulouse, France (manuscript)

PhD graduate students

  • Fanny Beltran : jan 2024 –
    Numerical simulation of two-phase flows in an array of transverse tubes
    (with C. Colin, W. Benguigui, N. Mérigoux)
  • Raphaël Atanackovic : oct 2023 –
    Numerical simulation of the deformation of a gas-liquid interface in contact with a super-hydrophobic surface in a shear flow
    (with J. Magnaudet)
  • Matthieu Barcet : jan 2023 –
    Numerical modeling of submersion and breakup of a dike
    (with P. Fede, W. Benguigui, J. Lavieville & M. Benoit)
  • Malissa Bakouche : oct 2022 –
    Numerical modeling of segregation and differentiation in partially melting orogenic crust
    (with M. Gerbault, O. Vanderhaeghe, S. Duchene & N. Thebaud)
  • Hadrien Bruhier : oct 2022 –
    Experimental and numerical study of low Reynolds number exchange flow in a vertical or tilted finite cylinder
    (with J. Magnaudet)
  • Aurélie Louis-Napoleon : oct 2017 – dec 2020
    Numerical simulation of the convection inside the lithosphere using a front capturing technique
    (with M. Gerbault, O. Vanderhaeghe & R. Martin)
  • Benjamin Fry : oct 2016 – dec 2019
    Multiscale modelling of shear-driven immersed granular flows
    (with A. Bottaro, F. Charru & L. Lacaze)
  • Alexis Bougouin : nov 2014 – dec 2017
    Experimental study of the collapse of suspension columns
    (with L. Lacaze)
  • Joris Bouteloup : oct 2013 – mar 2017
    Simulations of the dynamics of a granular bed sheared by a viscous fluid
    (with L. Lacaze & F. Charru)
  • Nadim Zgheib : oct 2011 – mar 2015
    Gravity currents from non-axisymetric releases
    (with S. Balachandar, Univ. Florida)
    Awards : Prix INPT Léopold Escande, Prix Univ. Florida MAE Dpt
  • Edouard Izard : oct 2011 – oct 2014
    Numerical simulation of dense granular flows immersed in a fluid
    (with L. Lacaze)
    Awards : Prix INPT Léopold Escande, Prix SHF Jean Valembois
  • Falilou Condoul : oct 2009 – dec 2012
    Modeling vertical transfer between a biofilm interacting with a turbulent boundary layer
    (with F. Moulin)


Open access to papers

  • Louis-Napoleon A., Vanderhaeghe O., Gerbault M., Martin R. & Bonometti T., Convection and diapirism formed Naxos’s nested domes. (in revision)
  • Fry B., Lacaze L., Bonometti T., Elyakime P. & Charru F., From discrete to continuum description of weakly inertial bedload transport. Phys. Rev. Fluids 9,  024304 (2024)
  • Alzate-Gómez, J. A., Roux, H., Cassan, L., Bonometti, T., Escobar Vargas, J. A., & Montoya Jaramillo, L. J. Analysis of different hypotheses for modeling air–water exchange and temperature evolution in a tropical reservoir. Journal of Water and Climate Change, jwc2023567 (2024)
  • Louis-Napoleon A., Gerbault M., Bonometti T., Vanderhaeghe O., Martin R. & Maury N. Models of convection and segregations in heterogeneous partially molten crustal roots with a VOF method – Part II: how to form migmatite domes. Geophys. J. Int. 236, 207-232 (2024)
  • Auregan, T., Bonometti, T., & Magnaudet, J. Flow past a sphere translating along the axis of a rotating fluid: revisiting numerically Maxworthy’s experiments. J. Fluid Mech., 967, A25 (2023) (read it)
  • Louis-Napoleon A., Bonometti T., Gerbault M., Vanderhaeghe O. & Martin R., Models of convection and segregations in heterogeneous partially molten crustal roots with a VOF method – Part I: flow regimes. Geophys. J. Int. 229, 2047-2080 (2022) (read it)
  • Louis-Napoleon A., Gerbault M., Bonometti T., Thieulot C., Martin R & Vanderhaeghe O., 3D numerical modeling of crustal polydiapirs with Volume-Of-Fluid methods. Geophys. J. Int. 222, 474-506 (2020) (read it)
  • Salinas J., Bonometti T., Ungarish M. & Cantero M., Rotating planar gravity currents at moderate Rossby numbers : fully-resolved simulations and shallow-water modeling. J. Fluid Mech. 867, 114-145 (2019) (read it) + Erratum J. Fluid Mech. 891, E1-3 (2020) (read it)
  • Bougouin A., Lacaze L. & Bonometti T. Collapse of a liquid-saturated granular column on a horizontal plane. Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 124306 (2019) (read it)
  • Salinas J., Cantero M., Dari E. & Bonometti T., Turbulent structures in cylindrical density currents in a rotating frame of reference. J. Turbul. 19, 463-492 (2018) (read it)
  • Izard E., Lacaze L., Bonometti T. & Pedrono A. Numerical modeling of a granular collapse immersed in a viscous fluid. Advances in Hydroinformatics, Springer, Singapore, 1099-1116 (2018) (read it)
  • Bougouin A., Lacaze L. & Bonometti T., Collapse of a neutrally-buoyant-suspension column : from Newtonian to apparent non-Newtonian flow regimes. J. Fluid Mech. 826, 918-941 (2017) (read it)
  • Zgheib N., Bonometti T. & Balachandar S., Suspension-driven gravity surges on horizontal surfaces : effect of the initial shape. Comput. Fluids, 158, 84-95 (2017) (read it)
  • Izard E., Lacaze L., Bonometti T. Modelling the normal bouncing dynamics of spheres in a viscous fluid. EPJ Web Conf., 140, 09014 (2017) (read it)
  • Charru F., Bouteloup J., Bonometti T. & Lacaze L., Sediment transport and bedforms : a numerical study of two-phase viscous shear flow, Meccanica, 51, 3055–3065 (2016) (read it)
  • Gsell S., Bonometti T. & Astruc D., A coupled volume-of-fluid/immersed-boundary method for the study of propagating waves over complex-shaped bottom : application to the solitary wave, Comput. Fluids, 131, 56-65 (2016) (read it)
  • Zgheib N., Bonometti T. & Balachandar S., Dynamics of non-circular finite-release gravity currents, J. Fluid Mech., 783, 344-378 (2015) (read it)
  • Zgheib N., Bonometti T. & Balachandar S., Direct numerical simulations of cylindrical particle-laden gravity currents, Comput. Fluids, 123, 23-31 (2015) (read it)
  • Zgheib N., Bonometti T. & Balachandar S., Propagation and deposition of non-circular finite-release particle-laden currents, Phys. Fluids, 27, 086604 (2015) (read it)
  • Coundoul F., Bonometti T., Graba M., Sauvage S., Sanchez-Perez J-M. & Moulin F.Y. Role of local flow conditions in river biofilm colonization and early growth, River Res. Applic. 31, 350-367 (2014) (read it)
  • Izard E., Bonometti T. & Lacaze L. Resolved simulations of submarine avalanches with a simple soft-sphere / immersed boundary method. J. Comput. Multiphas. Flows 6 (4), 391-405 (2014) (read it)
  • Zgheib N., Bonometti T. & Balachandar S. Long-lasting effect of initial configuration in gravitational spreading of material fronts. Theor. Comput. Fluid Dyn. 28, 521-529 (2014) (read it)
  • Bigot B., Bonometti T., Lacaze L. & Thual O. A simple immersed-boundary method for solid-fluid interaction in constant- and stratified-density flows. Comput. Fluids 97, 126-142 (2014) (read it)
  • Izard E., Bonometti T. & Lacaze L. Modelling the dynamics of a sphere approaching and bouncing on a wall in a viscous fluid. J. Fluid Mech. 747, 422-446 (2014) (read it)
  • Harang A., Thual O., Brancher P. & Bonometti T. Kelvin-Helmholtz instability in the presence of variable viscosity for mudflow resuspension in estuaries. Env. Fluid Mech., 14, 743-769 (2014) (read it)
  • Bonometti T., Ungarish M. & Balachandar S. A numerical investigation of high-Reynolds number constant-volume non-Boussinesq density currents in deep ambient. J. Fluid Mech. 673, 574-602 (2011) (read it)
  • Bonometti T. & Balachandar S. Slumping of non-Boussinesq density currents of various initial fractional depths : a comparison between direct numerical simulations and a recent shallow-water model. Comput. Fluids 39, 729-734 (2010) (read it)
  • Harang A., Thual O., Brancher P. & Bonometti T. Stabilité d’un écoulement cisaillé modélisant la crème de vase. Revue Paralia 3, 8.1-8.12 (2010) (read it)
  • Bonometti T., Balachandar S. & Magnaudet J. Wall effects in non-Boussinesq density currents. J. Fluid Mech. 616, 445-475 (2008) (read it)
  • Bonometti T. & Balachandar S. Effect of Schmidt number on the structure and propagation of density currents. Theor. Comput. Fluid Dyn. 22, 341-361 (2008) (read it)
  • Sarrazin F., Bonometti T., Prat L., Gourdon C. & Magnaudet J. Hydrodynamic structures of droplets engineered in rectangular micro-channels. Micro. Nano. 5, 131-137 (2008) (read it)
  • Bonometti T., Magnaudet J. & Gardin P. On the dispersion of solid particles in a liquid agitated by a bubble swarm. Metall. Mater. Trans. B 38, 739-750 (2007) (read it)
  • Bonometti T. & Magnaudet J. An interface capturing method for incompressible two-phase flows. Validation and application to bubble dynamics. Int. J. Multiphase Flow 33, 109-133 (2007) (read it)
  • Sarrazin F., Bonometti T., Loubiere K., Prat L., Gourdon C. & Magnaudet J. Experimental and numerical study of droplets hydrodynamics in microchannels. AIChE Journal 52 , 4061-4070 (2006) (read it)
  • Bonometti T. & Magnaudet J. Transition from spherical cap to toroidal bubbles. Phys. Fluids 18, 052102 (2006) (read it)
  • Emerson Z.I., Bonometti T., Krishnagopalan G.A. & Duke S.R. Visualization of toner ink adsorption at bubble surfaces. TAPPI Journal 5, 10-16 (2006) (read it)

Book reviews

  • Bonometti T., 2011 An Introduction to Gravity Currents and Intrusions, Ungarish, M. (2009). CRC Press, 489pp. Int. J. Multiphase Flow 37, 1254-1255


In order of appearance: gas bubble crossing a liquid-liquid interface; bubble swarm; solid particle crossing a gas-liquid interface.

In order of appearance: gravity current under a free-surface (credit: Ernesto Fuentes); rotating gravity current (credit: Jorge Salinas); non-circular gravity current (credit: Nadim Zgheib).

In order of appearance: fully-resolved immersed-granular collapse (credit: Edouard Izard); oblique rebound in a fluid; Euler-Lagrange bedload transport (credit: Joris Bouteloup).

In order of appearance: Euler-Lagrange ripple formation (credit: Joris Bouteloup).