I am a lecturer of Energy and Thermodynamics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at the University of South Wales, in the United Kingdom. I am responsible for teaching first- and second-year thermofluids, second-year aerodynamics, and third-year engineering design - computational fluid dynamics (CFD). I was previously a lecturer at Curtin University in Western Australia, where I taught fluid mechanics modules, FM433, EM100 and FM230.

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]

Collaborators

Yongmann Chung
Peter Carpenter
Andrew King
Zhonghua Sun
Tony Lucey
Ramesh Narayanaswamy
Her Mann Tsai

       
School of Engineering, University of Warwick, UK
(formerly School of Engineering, University of Warwick, UK)
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Curtin University, Australia
Medical Imaging Science, Curtin University, Australia
Head of School, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Curtin University, Australia
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Curtin University, Australia
Fluid Dynamics Research Group, Curtin University, Australia

PhD Students
Completed:  
Thanapong Chaichana  Computational Haemodynamics
Medical Imaging Science, Curtin University, Australia
(Awarded in 2012)
Ongoing:


Thangam Natarajan
2013 ARC DP130103271 Impinging jets: CFD - LES 
Mechanical Engineering, Curtin University, Australia

Vishal Chaugule    
2013 ARC DP130103271 Impinging jets: Experimental - PIV
Mechanical Engineering, Curtin University, Australia
 
Anupam Pilli2013 ARC DP130103271 Impinging jets
Mechanical Engineering, Curtin University, Australia
 


Masters Students
Peter Johnson
Whale Flipper Hydrodynamics
Mechanical Engineering, Curtin University, Australia