Rolls Royce UTCin Combustion System Aerothermal Processes


Dr Vipran Kannan BEng, MSc, ARAeS

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Research Associate

Research Group: 
Applied Aerodynamics


Research Interests:
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Compressible and Incompressible flow solvers, Turbomachinery and Combustor flows, Aeroacoustics and Aerodynamics, Heat, Transfer and Cooling flows, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)


Research Associate - Unsteady Combustion Related Phenomena in Gas Turbines


  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Applied Aerodynamics
  • Turbomachinery and Combustor flows


  • PhD in Aero engine gas turbines, Loughborough University, UK, 2015
  • MSc in Computational Fluid Dynamics, Cranfield University, UK, 2010
  • BEng. in Aeronautical Engineering, Anna University, India, 2009.

Past Positions:

  • PhD researcher in Rolls-Royce UTC in Combustion System Aerothermal Processes, Dec 2010- Apr 2015
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Loughborough University, UK, Oct 2011- Dec 2013
  • Visiting Researcher, Cranfield University, School of Aerospace, Transport Systems and Manufacturing, Sept 2010 – Nov 2010
  • CFD Intern, Hinduja Technologies, India, Dec 2008 – May 2009
  • LEAN Intern, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, India, Aug 2008
  • Vehicle Research and Development Intern, Ashok Leyland, India , Jan 2006 – Dec 2008


Past research projects:

  • Carrying out a file based coupled steady and unsteady virtual simulation of compressor / combustor components of a gas turbine rig using a compressible, density based, vertex-centred turbomachinery flow solver and incompressible, pressure based, cell-centred combustor flow solver.
  • External aerodynamics of low speed aircrafts.

Current research projects:

  • The work involves the development of next generation cooling systems and their ability to absorb acoustic waves due to unsteady heat release. 


Graduate Teaching Assistant, Automotive Engineering, Loughborough University, 2011-2013

  • Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Introduction to CFD

Part time private tutor 2012

  • Helping A Level and GCSC students in Physics and Mathematics

External Activities

  • Meeting Secretary, Royal Aeronautical Society, Loughborough Branch, UK
  • Young Person Network (YPN), Royal Aeronautical Society, London, UK
  • STEM Ambassador for East Midlands, UK

Publications and Awards

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  • Awarded as Associate Member by Royal Aeronautical Society- 2015
  • Research Student Development Award -2014
  • Graduate School Conference Fund - 2014
  • Guinness World Record for most people on trampolines simultaneously-2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Significant Contribution- STEM Ambassadors Programme by STEMNET and Department for Business Innovation and Skills – 2012
  • Certificate of Achievement -Researcher in Residence byResearch Council UK and Wellcome Trust -2011
  • Loughborough University AAE department PhD scholarship 2010-2014
  • 40% MSc CFD department tuition fee scholarship at Cranfield University- 2009
  • Gold medal for top 5% performance in B.Eng in Aeronautical Engineering, Anna University-2009
  • Awarded membership of National Institution for Quality and Reliability- 2008
  • All India 2nd Runner up; 1st prize for innovation ; 1st prize for top speed ; 1st prize for cost in prestigious SAE BAJA competition -2008
  • Subject topper award for 100% in Physics in A Levels-2005
  • Top 100 in State Level Science and Mathematics Olympiad Talent Search Examination – 2002