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Professor Gary Page BSc, PhD, CEng, FIMechE

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Professor of Computational Aerodynamics

Associate Dean for Research (acting)

Deputy Director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Combustion System Aero-thermal Processes

Background

Member of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Combustion System Aerothermal Processes since 1992.

Specialities:

  • Jet Noise Applications and Computational Aeroacoustics, Gas Turbine Installation Aerodynamics, Turbomachinery, CFD Code Development, Next Generation CFD and High Performance Computing.

Past Positions:

  • Research Assistant, Imperial College, London, 1986-1990
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, UMIST, Manchester, 1990-1992
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Loughborough University, 1992-1994
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University, 1994-date
  • Deputy Director of the UTC, 2012-date

Qualifications 

  • BEng(hons), Aeronautics and Astronautics, Southampton University, 1986
  • PhD, ‘A Computational Study of Turbulent Transonic Impinging Jets’, University of London, 1990

Key awards and accomplishments 

  • BEng(hons), Aeronautics and Astronautics, Southampton University, 1986
  • PhD, ‘A Computational Study of Turbulent Transonic Impinging Jets’, University of London, 1990

Outline of main research interests 

  • Jet Noise Applications and Computational Aeroacoustics
  • Gas Turbine Installation Aerodynamics
  • Turbomachinery,
  • CFD Code Development
  • Next Generation CFD
  • High Performance Computing

Current research projects:

  • Jet Noise Applications and Computational Aeroacoustics:

Modelling of lobed mixers, coaxial jets and serrated nozzles. Jet noise prediction in collaboration with ISVR Southampton (Self and Fisher) and later Cambridge University (Dowling and Hynes) both projects funded by EPSRC. Participation in the EU Framework 6 CoJeN project (Computation of Coaxial Jet Noise). First research group to compute jet fourth order space time correlations from LES and then used to create improved jet noise models by Dowling et al.

  • Gas Turbine Installation Aerodynamics:

Modelling of vertical landing aircraft, both RANS and LES. Collaboration with Rolls-Royce, Cambridge University (Dawes and Savill) and Surrey University (Chew and Hills) with funding from EPSRC and MoD Joint Grant Scheme. First LES prediction of a Harrier aircraft in hover. Modelling of flow and noise from handling bleed valves in collaboration with ISVR (Self) and Rolls-Royce, CFD is used to resolve the flow through more than 6,000 holes in the bleed valve perforates. Installations research with Rolls-Royce in areas of high aspect ratio nozzles, coanda effect nozzles and plume development for future Open Rotor powerplants.

  • Turbomachinery:

LES predictions of compressors including real geometry. Funded as part of the DTI CFMS programme and in collaboration with Rolls-Royce, Cambridge University (Hodson) and Surrey University (Hills). Calculation of moving rotor and fixed stator with LES including the stator cavity and recycling of turbulence perturbations back up the stage. Large problems containing more than 160 million nodes and computed on 1024 processors on HECToR.

  • CFD Code Development:

Creation of the Delta multiblock pressure-based compressible CFD code for Euler, RANS and LES - this is widely used throughout the Applied Aerodynamics research group at Loughborough for modelling of jets, swirlers and compressors. Part of the development team for the Roll-Royce Hydra CFD solver and author of the k-ε and LES turbulence modules. CFD code coupling with Rolls-Royce/TSB funded SILOET and EC Marie Curie COPA-GT (led by CERFACS), with specific application to compressor-combustor and combustor-turbine coupling.

  • Next Generation CFD:

Currently developing tools for Large Eddy Simulation around complex geometry meshed with billions of nodes and computed in parallel on tens of thousands of processors. This is an integrated mesh generation, LES/DNS solver and visualisation all running in parallel. The core is a C++ library to define the mesh in an octree data structure which decomposes the domain into cubes, each of which is of a simple Cartesian form.

  • High Performance Computing:

Member of the management committee of the UK Turbulence consortia with access to UK national facilities (HECToR). Leading proposal for UK Applied Aerodynamics Consortium application to EPSRC High End Computing Consortium call. Co-investigator on recently awarded HPC Midlands facility (EPSRC E-Infrastructure call) and member of the management committee.

Research group: 

Applied Aerodynamics

 

Current teaching responsibilities

Aeronautical Engineering, Loughborough University:

  • Aircraft Design (TTC010)
  • Spacecraft Design (TTC012)
  • Group Design Project (TTD012)
  • Aerospace CFD (TTD006)
  • Part C and D Individual Projects
  • Senior Admissions Tutor

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics:

  • Technical Computing

 

Recent publications

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External roles and appointments:

  • Member of Royal Aeronautical Society Aerodynamics Committee
  • Deputy Director of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Combustion System Aerothermal Processes
  • Member of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Member of the UKTC and UKAAC consortia for CFD on UK national computing facilities
  • Consultant to Rolls-Royce on CFD development
  • PhD external examiner Surrey, Manchester, Cranfield University