I am a senior lecturer in automotive engineering at Coventry University in the United Kingdom. I currently teach 1st and 2nd year fluid mechanics to the mechanical, automotive, motorsport and aeronautical cohorts.

My primary research field is the study of turbulence using computational fluid dynamics (CFD); particularly Large Eddy Simulation (LES) of turbulent boundary layers, turbulent jets, and boundary layer control. I am active in the biomechanics research field, particularly CFD modelling of the hemodynamics of the left descending coronary artery. For my research, I generally prefer to use (and contribute to) open-source software; particularly OpenFOAM, Nek5000, python, paraview and Linux. My project students have studied a diverse range of topics ranging from the hydrodynamics of humpback whale flippers to producing CFD models of the Curtin FSAE car in conjunction with iVEC.

Time-averaged streamlines of a pitched and skewed vortex generating jet, issuing into a turbulent boundary layer. The streamlines show higher momentum fluid from the outer regions of the boundary layer (red streamlines) being swept into the near-wall region. The simulation was computed using a custom LES boundary-layer code, inlet boundary conditions were provided with a variant of the Lund et al inflow generation condition. [Ref.: Jewkes et al., AIAA J. 49(1):247–250, 2011]

PhD Students

Tongyan Zeng
CFD analysis of 3D-printed conformal cooling channels for extended tooling life
Mechanical Engineering, Coventry University, UK
Thanapong Chaichana  Computational Haemodynamics
Medical Imaging Science, Curtin University, Australia
(Awarded in 2012)
Thangam Natarajan
2013 ARC DP130103271 Impinging jets: CFD - LES 
Mechanical Engineering, Curtin University, Australia
(Awarded in 2017)


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