Experts

Professor Peter Ireland

Position:
Donald Schultz Professor of Turbomachinery
Facility:
University of Oxford
Areas of Expertise:
Hypersonic

Peter Ireland holds the Donald Schultz Chair in Turbomachinery and is Head of the Oxford Thermofluids Institute. He has dedicated his career to researching the technologies used to cool systems for aircraft propulsion and power generation and now leads a broad portfolio of research programmes ranging from turbine cooling to hypersonic flow. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the UK Corporate Specialist in Heat Transfer at Rolls-Royce where he held the senior heat transfer specialist role for projects involving turbines, fuel cells, nuclear power, fire modelling, manufacture, instrumentation, heat exchangers, power electronic cooling and combustion.

Dr Paul Bruce

Position:
Reader in High Speed Aerodynamics
Facility:
Imperial College London
Areas of Expertise:
Hypersonic

Dr Bruce leads a research group in experimental high speed aerodynamics at Imperial, utilising Imperial’s supersonic and hypersonic wind tunnels. His research focuses on how air interacts with objects travelling at high speed, including understanding the shock waves which form on high speed planes and designing atmospheric re-entry vehicles for future space exploration missions. Dr Bruce joined Imperial in 2011 and currently teaches undergraduate courses in aircraft aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics for re-entry vehicles.

Dr David Soper

Position:
Lecturer in Vehicle Aerodynamics
Facility:
University of Birmingham
Areas of Expertise:
Low Speed

Dr David Soper is a Lecturer in Vehicle Aerodynamics in the School of Engineering and Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education. His research interests lie in the field of applied fluid dynamics and engineering applications through vehicle aerodynamics. He has particular expertise in experimental investigations both at model and full scale. He is the facility manager and operator of the University of Birmingham moving model TRansient Aerodynamic INvestigation (TRAIN) rig for vehicle aerodynamic research.

Dr David Birch

Position:
Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering
Facility:
University of Surrey
Areas of Expertise:
Air Quality, Instrumentation, Measurement, Urban Canopy

Dr Birch is the head of the Centre for Aerodynamics & Environmental Flow, Director of Research at Surrey Sensors Ltd and Programme Leader for aerospace engineering. Dr Birch has more than fifteen years of experience in experimental aerodynamics research, specializing in the characterization of highly vortical, unsteady turbulent flows and the development of specialist instrumentation required for this work.

Professor Matt McGilvray

Position:
Associate Professor in Engineering Science
Facility:
University of Oxford

Research interests are centred on particle deposition in turbomachinery and high-speed aerothermodynamics. His research groups in these fields work on a wide spectrum of fundamental to applied areas, working closely with industry to ensure the immediate exploitation and impact of research. He has developed three large scale hypersonic wind tunnels, forming the high-speed capability of the UK’s NWTF (High Density, T6 Stalker and the Low Density tunnel).

Professor Bharath Ganapathisubramani

Position:
Professor of Experimental Fluid Mechanics
Facility:
University of Southampton

Professor of Experimental Fluid Mechanics in the Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics Research Group at the University of Southampton. He has an extensive track record of devising advanced experimental methods and utilizing them to develop fundamental understanding of aerodynamic and turbulent flows. His research is funded by EPSRC, EU-FP7, Royal Society and the US Air Force. He has an outstanding publication and citation record (h-index=11) and has published in the field’s top journals including Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids & Experiments in Fluids.

Professor Shan Zhong

Position:
Professor of Experimental Fluid Mechanics and head of Aerodynamics Research Group
Facility:
University of Manchester

PhD in high-speed aerodynamics, Cambridge University, now Professor of Experimental Fluid Mechanics and head of Aerodynamics Research Group. She is interested in flow physics of complex fluid phenomenon using optical techniques. The focus of current work is flow control for low and high-speed flows, for improved aerodynamic performance and fuel efficiency of turbomachinery and air/land vehicles

Professor Gary Page

Position:
Professor & Deputy Director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Combustion System Aero-thermal Processes
Facility:
University of Loughborough

Research interests: Jet Noise Applications and Computational Aeroacoustics, Gas Turbine Installation Aerodynamics, Turbomachinery, CFD Code Development, Next Generation CFD, High Performance Computing

Dr Richard Green

Position:
Senior Lecturer
Facility:
University of Glasgow
Areas of Expertise:
Jets, Low Speed, Propeller Aerodynamics, Rotor Flows, Separated Flows, Unsteady Aerodynamics, Vortex Dominated Flows, Wakes

Senior lecturer in the Aerospace Sciences Division. He has performed testing in water tanks and wind tunnels in the UK and internationally, to study the fluid mechanics of unsteady, separated flows relevant to wind and tidal turbines, rotorcraft and propeller propulsion. As part of NWTF, he led the refurbishment of the deHavilland wind tunnel now used for EU and EPSRC funded projects.

Dr Simon Prince

Position:
Senior Lecturer
Facility:
Cranfield University

Senior Lecturer with 20 years’ experience in aerodynamics research at the Defence Research Agency and latterly in academia and the ATI. He leads project work with Airbus, Rolls-Royce and ARA (WINDY and APROCONE) and EPSRC funded project MENTOR, as well as collaborative research in high speed aerodynamics (NATO AVT, DERISK). He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Dr Chetan Jagadeesh

Position:
Lecturer
Facility:
City University London

Lecturer with expertise in experimental aero-fluid dynamics and a keen interest in the study of separated flows, separation control mechanisms, the use of thermal anemometry and laser-based flow diagnostic tools and the development of novel flow visualization techniques. He has worked on projects for Airbus Defence and Space (Zephyr program), Leonardo MW Ltd and Highways England, as part of the NWTF.

Professor Holger Babinsky

Position:
Professor of Aerodynamics
Facility:
University of Cambridge

Head of Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery. Main research interest is in experimental high- and low-speed flows with application to aeronautics, propulsion, road vehicles and sustainable energy. Works closely with various industrial partners, e.g. Rolls Royce and has been on the management board of several international research consortia.