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Dr Roger Moss

MA (Cantab) DPhil (Oxon) PGCE CEng FIMechE

Research Fellow, Sustainable Energy Group.

Module leader, ES3C3 (2014-15 & 2015-16)

Office D100 024 765 73447
Mobile   07854 675742



(1) Simulation of an ammonia/salt resorption heat pump.

An EPSRC-funded project as part of Mission Innovation Challenge #7. Paper . 8000 lines of Matlab code.

A schematic diagram of a resorption heat pump.

Cycle diagram

Coefficient of performance and output power curves.

(2) Optimisation of domestic hot water systems

Delay in hot water arriving at taps

Time history of water temperature along the pipe, after flow starts

(3) A thermal cycling rig to evaluate the long-term suitability of salts for ammonia absorption cycles.

Cycling rig in Fusion 360.

(4) Development of an evacuated solar thermal collector (2013-18)

This EPSRC-funded project was organised by Dr Stan Shire in collaboration with the Universities of Loughborough and Ulster.

A number of solar collectors have been built and tested under a solar simulator.

The first evacuated flat plate collector Testing

The efficiency increases significantly when the enclosure is evacuated to a pressure below 0.1 Pa.

Efficiency summary graph

(5) An off-grid micro-hydro system (personal project)

Water extraction system

Turbine hut


Group project supervision 2018-19

Design, build and test components for a micro-hydro system

6 students worked on 3 areas: a spear valve, power electronics and control system.

Spear valve components Spear valve test

Spear valve components prior to welding by the Coventry Building and Welding Academy (CBWA); spear valve on test

Module leader for Planar Structures 2014-16

Strength of materials, pressure vessels, rotating disks, structural analysis, dynamic forces and engine balancing.

RWM Matlab app for teaching rotating phasor concepts


Refereed Journal papers

  • Moss, R.W., and Oldfield, M.L.G., 1994, Effect of Free-stream Turbulence on Flat-Plate Heat Flux Signals: Spectra and Eddy Transport Velocities. ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, vol 118, No. 3, p.461 July 1996 (also conference paper ASME 94 GT 205).
  • Moss, R.W., Ainsworth, R.W., and Garside, T., Effects Of Rotation On Blade Surface Heat Transfer: An Experimental Investigation. ASME Journal of Turbomachinery vol 120 No. 3, p541, July 1998 (also conference paper ASME 97 GT 188).
  • Ainsworth, R.W., Miller, R.J., Moss, R.W. and Thorpe, S.J., Unsteady Pressure Measurement, Meas. Sci. Technol. 11 (2000) 1055-1076.
  • Miller, R.J., Moss, R.W.; Ainsworth, R.W.; Harvey, N.W., Time-resolved vane-rotor-vane interaction in a transonic one-and-a-half stage turbine. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, v 215, n 6, 2001, p 675-685
  • Miller, R.J., Moss, R.W., Ainsworth, R.W. and Horwood, C.K., Time-Resolved Vane-Rotor Interaction in a High Pressure Turbine Stage. ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, vol. 125 No.1, Jan 2003.
  • Miller, R. J., Moss, R. W., Ainsworth, R. W. and Harvey, N.W. (2002). Wake, Shock and Potential Field Interactions in a 1.5 Stage Turbine, ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, vol. 125 No.1, Jan 2003, Parts I and II.
  • Payne, S.J., Ainsworth, R.W., Miller, R.J., Moss, R.W. and Harvey, N.H., Unsteady Loss in a High Pressure Turbine Stage. International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, Volume 24, Issue 5, October 2003, pp. 698-708.
  • Miller, R.J., Moss. R.W., Ainsworth, R.W. and Harvey, N.H., The Effect of an Upstream Turbine on a Low Aspect Ratio Vane, ASME GT2004-54017, accepted for publication in the Journal of Turbomachinery
  • S.J. Payne, R.W. Ainsworth, R.J. Miller, R.W. Moss and N.W. Harvey, Unsteady loss in a high pressure turbine stage: Interaction effects International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, Volume 26, Issue 5, October 2005, Pages 695-708
  • Moss, R.W., Roskilly, A.P and Nanda, S.K., A reciprocating Joule cycle engine for domestic CHP systems. Applied Energy 80 (2005) 169-185, also on
  • Moss, R.W., Shire, G.S.F., Henshall, P., Eames, P.C., Arya, F. and Hyde, T, Optimal passage size for solar collector microchannel and tube-on-plate absorbers. Solar Energy (2017) DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2017.05.030Link opens in a new window
  • Moss R W, Henshall P, Arya F, Shire G, Hyde T, Eames P, (2018). Performance and operational effectiveness of evacuated flat plate solar collectors compared with conventional thermal, PVT and PV panels. Applied Energy, Volume 216, April 2018, 588–601,
  • Moss R.W., Henshall, P., Arya, F., Shire, G.S.F, Eames, P.C. and Hyde, T., Simulator testing of evacuated flat plate solar collectors for industrial heat and building integration, Solar Energy, Volume 164, April 2018, 109-118,
  • Moss R.W., Shire, G.S.F., Eames, P.C., Henshall, P., Hyde, T., Arya, F., (2018). Design and commissioning of a virtual image solar simulator for testing thermal collectors. Solar Energy, Volume 159, Jan 2018, 234-242,
  • R. W. Moss, G.S.F. Shire, P. Henshall, P.C.Eames, F.Arya and T. Hyde., Design and fabrication of a hydroformed absorber for an evacuated flat plate solar collector. Applied Thermal Engineering 138 (2018) 456-464.
  • Roger Moss, Stan Shire, Paul Henshall, Farid Arya, Phil Eames, Trevor Hyde. Performance of evacuated flat plate solar thermal collectors. Thermal Science and Engineering Progress 8 (2018) pp296-306
  • R.W. Moss and R.E. Critoph. Optimisation of a recirculating domestic hot water system to minimise
    wait time and heat loss. Energy and Buildings 260 (2022) 111850. 
  • R.W.Moss, G.H. Atkinson, S.J. Metcalf, R.E. Critoph. Performance characterisation and design considerations for a domestic ammonia/salt resorption heat pump. Cleaner Energy Systems 7 (2024) 100100. 
  • Shire, G. S. F., Moss, R. W., Henshall, P., Arya, F., Eames, P. C., and Hyde, T., 2016, Development of an Efficient Low- and Medium-Temperature Vacuum Flat-Plate Solar Thermal Collector. Renewable Energy in the Service of Mankind, Vol. II, Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 859–866
  • Farid Arya, Roger Moss, Trevor Hyde, Stan Shire, Paul Henshall, Philip Eames. Vacuum enclosures for solar thermal panels Part 1: Fabrication and hot-box testing. Solar Energy volume 174, November 2018, Pages 1212-1223. opens in a new window

  • Farid Arya, Roger Moss, Trevor Hyde, Stan Shire, Paul Henshall, Philip Eames. Vacuum enclosures for solar thermal panels Part 2: Transient testing with an uncooled absorber plate. Solar Energy volume 174, November 2018, Pages 1224-1236. opens in a new window

Refereed Conference Papers

  • Moss, R.W., and Oldfield, M.L.G., 1991, Measurements of Hot Combustor Turbulence Spectra. ASME 91-GT-351
  • Moss, R.W., and Oldfield, M.L.G., 1992, Measurements of the Effect of Freestream Turbulence Length Scale on Heat Transfer. ASME 92-GT-244
  • Garside, T., Moss, R.W., Ainsworth, R.W., Dancer, S.N. and Rose, M.G., Heat Transfer to Rotating Turbine Blades in a Flow Undisturbed by Wakes. ASME 94 GT 94.
  • Moss, R.W., Ainsworth, R.W., Sheldrake, C.D. and Miller, R., The Unsteady Pressure Field Over A Turbine Blade Surface: Visualisation And Interpretation Of Experimental Data. ASME 97-GT-474
  • Miller, R. J., Moss, R. W., Ainsworth, R. W. and Harvey, N.W. (2001), Time-Resolved Vane-Rotor-Vane Interaction in a Transonic One and a Half Stage Turbine. 4th European Conference of Turbomachinery Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics, ATI-CST-081/01, pages 937 - 949.
  • Miller, R.J., Moss, R.W., Ainsworth, R.W. and Harvey, N.H., The Development of Turbine Exit Flow in a Swan-Necked Inter-Stage Diffuser, ASME 2003-GT-38174
  • Moss, R.W. and Shire, G.S.F, Design and Performance of Evacuated Solar Collector Microchannel Plates, EuroSun 2014, opens in a new window

Unrefereed conference papers

  • Moss, R.W., and Oldfield, M.L.G., 1990, Comparisons between Turbulence Spectra Measured with Fast Response Pressure Transducers and Hot Wires. Symposium on Aerodynamic Measuring Techniques for Transonic and Supersonic Flow in Cascades and Turbomachines, VKI.
  • Moss, R.W. and Ainsworth, R.W., A Transient Measuring Technique for Heat Transfer to Metallic Aerofoils, Eurotherm 32, Oxford, July 1993.
  • Moss, R.W., Sheldrake, C.D., Ainsworth, R.W., Smith, A.D. and Dancer, S.N. Unsteady Pressure and Heat Transfer Measurements on a Rotating Blade Surface in a Transient Flow Facility. AGARD CP571 “Loss Mechanisms and Unsteady Flow in Turbomachinery”, 85th PEP Symposium, May 1995.

Patents, Thesis and Reports

  • Coney, M.H., Richardson, D.A. and Moss, R.W., Internal Cooling Air Control. UK patent GB2165315 granted 31st December 1987; subsequently patented in Germany, France and the USA as DE3534905, FR2571428 and US4604031.
  • LaGraff, Passaro, Oldfield, Biagioni, Moss and Battelle, Measurement of Turbulent Pressure and Temperature Fluctuations in a Gas Turbine Combustor. NASA Final Report, Grant NAG3-2419, June 2003
  • Moss, R.W., The effects of turbulence length scale on heat transfer (DPhil thesis), University of Oxford 1992,


Resources for students:

Matlab for projects and assignments: a brief guide.

User guide for my engine balancing applet.