Rolls Royce UTCin Combustion System Aerothermal Processes


Dimitra Tsakmakidou BEng, MSc, MRes

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Research Associate

Research Group: 
Applied Aerodynamics


Research interests:
Turbomachinery, Unsteady Flows, Experimental Fluid Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Compressor Aerodynamics, Heat Transfer, Blade Cooling


Research Associate in Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Combustion Aerodynamics, Loughborough University, [2021 - present]



  • Diploma (BEng and MSc), Mechanical Engineering Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece, 2010-2016
  • Research Master, Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI), Department of Turbomachinery & Propulsion, Belgium, 2016-2017
  • PhD, “Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Rotor loss-cores and the Aerodynamics of Low-Pressure Compressor Transition Duct in Future Very-High Bypass Ratio Turbofans”, Loughborough University, 2018-present


Past Positions:

  • Research student, Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, “Aerothermal Characteristics of Rotating Cooling Channels” – Experimental Investigation of Heat transfer and Aerodynamics, (Liquid Crystals Thermography, PIV)
  • Research student, LFMT, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, “The effect of Turbine Blade Cooling on Aeroengines Operation” – Simulation and Computation of Thermodynamic Cycles


Experimental and computational study of the internal flows within modern gas turbines. More specifically, wake mixing, secondary flows, diffusing flows, boundary layer separation. Also, design of turbomachinery and investigation of aerodynamics within turbomachines and curved transition ducts.

Participation in Research Projects:

  • iCORE (Integrated Core Technologies) – PhD Thesis, 2018-2021
  • ULTIMATE (Ultra Low-emission Technology Innovations for Mid-century Aircraft Turbine Engines) – Diploma Thesis, 2015-2016


Teaching tutorials and helping with lab demonstrations, Aeronautical Engineering Department, Loughborough University, 2018-2021.

  • Low Speed Aerodynamics
  • High Speed Aerodynamics

External Activities

  • Member of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Combustion System Aerothermal Processes since 2018
  • Member of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), Loughborough University since 2018

Publications and Awards

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  • Tsakmakidou, D., Mariah, I., Walker, A.D., Hall, C., Simpson, H., “Experimental Investigation of Secondary Flows and Length Reduction for a Low-Pressure Compressor Transition Duct”, Journal of Turbomachinery, doi 10.1115/1.4052086. Also presented at ASME Turbo Expo 2021 (GT2021-58879), June 7-11, 2021, Virtual Conference
  • Tsakmakidou, D., Walker, A.D., Hall, C., “A Numerical Investigation into Secondary Flows at the Inlet to a Low-Pressure Compressor Transition Duct”, ASME Turbo Expo, GT2020-16065, Sept. 21-25, 2020, Virtual Conference
  • Walker, A. D., Mariah, I., Tsakmakidou, D., Vadhvana, H., and Hall, C., “The Influence of Fan Root Flow on the Aerodynamic of a Low-Pressure Compressor Transition Duct”, Journal of Turbomachinery, doi 10.1115/1.4045272. Also presented at ASME Turbo Expo 2019 (GT2019-92048), June 17-21, 2019, Phoenix, AZ, USA – Winner of Best Paper Award (Turbomachinery)
  • D. Tsakmakidou, I. Mayo, T. Arts, “Aerothermal Investigation of a Two-Pass Rotating Cooling Channel by Means of Particle Image Velocimetry and Liquid Crystal Thermography”, ASME Turbo Expo, GT2018-76411, June 11-15, 2018, Oslo, Norway
  • Salpingidou, C., Tsakmakidou, D., Vlahostergios, Z., Misirlis, D., Flouros, M., Yakinthos, K., “Analysis of turbine blade cooling effect on recuperative gas turbines cycles performance”, 2018, Energy 164, 1271-1285 285, doi 10.1016/
  • Salpingidou, C., Tsakmakidou, D., Vlahostergios, Z., Misirlis, D., Flouros, M., Yakinthos, K., “The Effect of Turbine Blade Cooling on the Performance of Recuperative Cycles for Gas Turbines Applications”, 2017, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 61, 1027-1032, doi 10.3303/CET1761169