I completed my undergraduate at the University of Oxford, graduating with an MEng in Engineering 2017. For my 4th year masters project, under the supervision of Prof David Gillespie, I investigated the pressure drop and heat transfer across intersecting hole heat exchangers. Intersecting holes allow for very high density heat exchangers to be implemented in the cooling systems of gas turbine blades, but the pressure loss and heat transfer characteristics are poorly understood. This information can then be used by designers of gas turbine blade internal cooling systems to optimise the flow, and therefore use less coolant.
During my undergraduate degree I completed 2 different industrial summer placements. The first at Rolls-Royce where I worked within the Civil Large Engines division and the second at Facebook, where I worked as an Aerospace Structural Engineer for their prototype Aquila light aircraft.
Currently, I am a DPhil student within the Osney Hypersonics Group, supervised by Prof Matthew McGilvray. My research investigates the application of transpiration cooling for hypersonic vehicles. Transpiration cooling is a method of cooling where a coolant gas is injected through a porous material, which then extracts heat from the material by convection, and then ejects onto the surface, forming a thin film of gas around the vehicle. Within this larger project, my focus is conducting a systems level study on the implementation of transpiration cooling as an active cooling system for a hypersonic wing leading edge, specifically the fore-plane canards of the SKYLON spaceplane.
In my spare time I am an avid student of classical Arabic, both literature and theological works. Due to this I actually spent my summer between undergraduate and DPhil studying Arabic abroad in Nablus, Palestine. In addition, I enjoy playing cricket and occasionally skipping off for long cycle rides in the summer.