Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Dr Richard Adoua BSc, MSc, PhD

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Research Associate


Member of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Combustion System Aero-thermal Processes since June 2014.


  • Computational study of combustion system aero-thermal and combusting processes
  • Atmospheric dispersion, two-phase flows, mass transfer.

Past Positions:

  • Research Student (Institut de Mécanique de Fluides de Toulouse, France, 2004-2007), Research Associate (Université de Bordeaux, France, 2007-2010), Research Fellow (Kingston/Warwick Universities, 2012-2014)
  • Research Associate, Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Combustion Aerodynamics, Loughborough University, since June 2014.


  • BSc Physics 2002, MSc Fluid Dynamics, 2003, in France (Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse
  • PhD, ‘Hydrodynamics of a distorted bubble in a linear shear flow’, Institut de Mécanique de Fluides de Toulouse, Toulouse, France, 2007

Outline main research interests 

Computational study of the internal flows within modern gas turbines. This includes investigating the influence of the turbulence modelling approach on the swirl at the exit of the fully annular combustor burn and lean burn combustion systems and the influence of combustion on the turbulence level.

  • Combustion system aerodynamics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Atmospheric dispersion
  • Two-phase flows (motion of bubbles
  • Hydrodynamics forces)
  • Mass transfer

Research group:

Applied Aerodynamics