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Dr Richard Whalley

Lecturer

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Dr. Whalley joined the School of Mechanical & Systems Engineering in January 2015. His research interests are in experimental fluid mechanics. He uses advanced laser-based flow measurement techniques such as laser Doppler velocimetry and particle image velocimetry, alongside thermal anemometry to study fundamental and applied fluid mechanics.

He graduated with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering with Mathematics in 2007 from the University of Nottingham. He later obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham in 2011. His doctoral study was funded by the European Community’s Sixth Framework Program AVERT (Aerodynamic Validation of Emission Reducing Technologies), and was managed by Airbus UK. This experimental investigation used dielectric-barrier-discharge plasmas to reduce the skin-friction drag of air flows. On the completion of his Ph.D., he was awarded an EPSRC Ph.D. Plus Fellowship which he used to increase the impact of his doctoral research through knowledge transfer and to extend his knowledge of turbulent boundary-layer flow and turbulence control strategies. In 2012, he conducted further postdoctoral research at the University of Nottingham for the European Community’s Seventh Framework Program PlasmAero (PLASMas for AEROdynamic control). This experimental investigation used plasma actuators as flow-separation control devices in order to increase the lift force of aerofoils whilst minimising the drag force to enhance aerodynamic performance at realistic flight envelopes. In 2013, he obtained a postdoctoral research position at the University of Liverpool where he performed fundamental turbulence research for the EPSRC grant Hibernating Turbulence


Higher Education 

2007 - 2011: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Univeristy of Nottingham, UK.

Thesis Title: Turbulent boundary-layer control with DBD plasma actuators using spanwise travelling-wave technique. 

2004 - 2007: B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering with Mathematics, University of Nottingham, UK. 

Class: First with honours, Rank: 1st, recipent of 4 academic prizes.


Charterships

2015: Chartered Engineer, CEng.

2015: Chartered Scientist, CSci.


Prizes, Awards & Fellowships

2011: EPSRC Ph.D. Plus Fellowship.

2009: American Institute of Physics: Gallery of Fluid Motion competition.

2007: IMechE Project Prize: University of Nottingham, UK. 

2007: Mechanical Engineering School Prize: University of Nottingham, UK. 

2007: IMechE Best Performing Student Prize: University of Nottingham, UK. 

2005: IMechE Best Performing Student Prize: University of Nottingham, UK. 


Employment Record 

2015 - present: Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics in the School of Mechanical & Systems Engineering, Newcastle University, UK.

2013 - 2015: Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool, UK. 

2012 - 2013: Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, UK.

2011 - 2012: EPSRC Ph.D. Plus Research Fellow in the School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, UK.

Research

Dr. Whalley’s research interests are in experimental fluid mechanics. He uses advanced laser-based flow measurement techniques such as laser Doppler velocimetry and particle image velocimetry, and thermal anemometry to study fundamental and applied fluid mechanics. His current areas of interest include:

 

  • Wall-bounded turbulent flows
  • Skin-friction drag reduction
  • Flow-separation control
  • Multiphase flows
  • Vortex dynamics
  • Micropumps
  • Micromixing

 

Potential Ph.D. studentships can be found on our School's webpage: For Prospective Ph.D. Studentships



 



Teaching

Current Teaching:

  • MEC2003: Applications of Thermofluid Dynamics  
  • MEC3014: Computational Modelling 
  • MEC8043: Software in the Professional Engineering Context
  • MEC3018: Design for Industry
  • MEC3098: Mechanical Engineering Project
  • MEC8095: MSc Project

Publications