My project theme is "Unsteady flow, Vehicle Surface Contamination and Aerodynamic Drag."
My first degree is in Physics and Maths (Leicester Ploytechnic, 1987). During my degree I completed a year-out with British Rail's Research Division, working in an analytical chemistry group, where I got my first exposure to fluid mechanics through looking at the problem of measuring the viscosity of non-newtonian fluids (mainly used crankcase lubricant.)
After graduating I joined British Rail Research as a Graduate Trainee, moving into the Aerodynamics Team in 1989. I quickly developed what has turned out to be a career-long interest in applying Computational Fluid Dynamics to ground vehicle aerodynamics problems (some of my work is listed here, free regestration required)
I moved into the automotive sector in 1996, joining MIRA Ltd; where I eventially became the Head of External Aerodynamics. During this time I worked on the aerodynamic development of cars, heavy goods vehicles and novel antenna systems. I even did some work for Speedo on their FASTSKIN swimsuit project.
In 2001 I decided to move to Land Rover to pursue my technical interests. I am now the Aerodynamics Technical Specialist for Jaguar Land Rover (as well as a postgraduate student.) I was responsible for introducing JL/R's fist Computational Aeroacoustics methods, as well as developing with other colleagues the aerodynamics CFD process.
I am also a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist.
Other roles include serving as the Chair of the Aerodynamics activity at the SAE, automotive industry representative for the EPSRC funded National Wind Tunnel Facility; a member of the European Car Aerodynamics Research Association (ECARA); Industrial Advisory Panel member for MSc courses at Cranfield University (Aerospace Dynamics & CFD) and Imperial College (Aeronautical Engineering); Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist panel member at the Institute of Physics; and, an accredited examiner for postgraduate research degrees at Cranfield and Strathclyde Universities.
My current research interests include:
- vehicle surface contamination,
- drag reduction,
- unsteady aerodynamics simulation,
- the role of CAE in the vehicle development process.
Unsteady flow, Vehicle Surface Contamination and Aerodynamic Drag
This work aims to understand the linkage between aerodynamics, water management and the build-up of dirt on the outer surfaces of cars. The result will be a process and methodologies that allow dirt deposition and vehicle aerodynamics to be simulated concurrently.
For more details see my Research page.
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