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Dr Nicola Hughes PhD

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Research Associate

Research Group: 
Applied Aerodynamics


Research Interests:

Computational Fluid Dynamics. Computational modelling of aerodynamics of gas turbine combustion systems.


Research Associate in Applied Aerodynamics.


Current Research:

Implementation of a sub grid scale thermodynamic model to account for the effects of small scale features such as pedestals and effusion cooling holes without resolving them in the computational mesh.

Past research projects

Computational and experimental modelling of a highly swirling flow (PhD thesis).  Computational modelling of the flow downstream of a three stream swirler, representative of those used in the fuel injection system of a gas turbine engine.  The flow was modelled in a steady state mode, using both k-epsilon and Reynolds stress turbulence models.  A physical model was manufactured from perspex and the exact flow was measured using a three dimensional LDA (Laser Doppler anemometry) system.

Publications and Awards

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