I graduated from Oxford with a MEng in Engineering Science in 2013, having followed a mainly mechanical engineering path. As part of this my master’s project was research into the coupling between aerodynamics and heat transfer in the secondary air systems of gas turbine engines. This work won the Heat Transfer Society’s Undergraduate Award, and was top three at the SET awards.
Following this I chose to continue in the Osney lab for a D.Phil., investigating the motion of micron-sized particulates in gas turbine engines. Currently available models and techniques used within the gas turbine community are often applied inappropriately, and failure to model several key aspects of the physics of near-wall motion is generally accepted as the norm.
My research aim is to improve the ability of numerical simulations to capture the fundamental physics occurring for particulates in gas turbine flows. Through the use and development of a fundamentally different modelling approach for particle-fluid interaction within turbulent gas flows we have already seen significant improvements when compared to commercially available models. A series of experimental campaigns, the first of their kind at engine-representative temperatures, are being carried out for validation of the numerical model.
The development of a dynamic mesh morphing method to update surface geometry based on substantial particle deposition, and applications of a particle-surface collision model complete our ‘real world’ abilities for the numerical simulation of small particulates.
Away from work I do a lot of cycling; road, mountain biking, and cyclocross. I also row with St Catherine’s College Boat Club, and have recently returned from racing in Japan. I enjoy seeing the world and travelling, and generally being away from my desk.