Dr Richard Whalley
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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.
2007 - 2011: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Univeristy of Nottingham, UK.
2004 - 2007: B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering with Mathematics, University of Nottingham, UK.
Class: First with honours, Rank: 1st, recipent of 4 academic prizes.
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.
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.
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
- Wall-bounded turbulent flows
- Skin-friction drag reduction
- Flow-separation control
- Multiphase flows
- Vortex dynamics
Potential Ph.D. studentships can be found on our School's webpage: For Prospective Ph.D. Studentships
- 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
- Whalley RD, Park JS, Kushwaha A, Dennis D, Graham MD, Poole R. Low-drag events in transitional wall-bounded turbulence. Physical Review Fluids 2017, 2, 034602.
- Ni Y, Lynch MJ, Modic M, Whalley R, Walsh J. A solar powered handheld plasma source for microbial decontamination applications. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 2016, 49(35), 355203.
- Abed WM, Whalley RD, Dennis JC, Poole RJ. Experimental investigation of the impact of elastic turbulence on heat transfer in a serpentine channel. Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics 2016, 231, 68-78.
- Whalley RD, Walsh JL. Turbulent jet flow generated downstream of a low temperature dielectric barrier atmospheric pressure plasma device. Scientific Reports 2016, 6, 31756.
- Whalley RD, Abed WM, Dennis DJC, Poole RJ. Enhancing heat transfer at the micro-scale using elastic turbulence. Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters 2015, 5(3), 103-106.
- Abed WM, Whalley RD, Dennis JCD, Poole RJ. Numerical and experimental investigation of heat transfer and fluid flow characteristics in a micro-scale serpentine channel. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 2015, 88, 790-802.
- Choi KS, Jukes TN, Whalley RD, Feng LH, Wang JJ, Matsunuma T, Segawa T. Plasma virtual actuators for flow control. Journal of Flow Control, Measurement & Visualisation 2015, 3(1), 22-34.
- Whalley RD, Choi KS. Turbulent boundary-layer control with plasma spanwise travelling waves. Experiments in Fluids 2014, 55(1796).
- Wang JJ, Choi KS, Feng LH, Jukes TN, Whalley RD. Recent developments in DBD plasma flow control. Progress in Aerospace Sciences 2013, 62, 52-78.
- Moreau E, Debien A, Bénard N, Jukes T, Whalley R, Choi KS, Berendt A, Podlinkski J, Mizeraczyk J. Surface dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuators. ERCOFTAC Bulletin 2013, 94, 5-10.
- Whalley RD, Debien A, Podlinski J, Jukes TN, Choi KS, Benard N, Moreau E, Berendt A, Mizeraczyk J. Trailing-edge separation control of a NACA 0015 airfoil using dielectric-barrier-discharge plasma actuators. ERCOFTAC Bulletin 2013, 94, 35-40.
- Whalley RD, Choi KS. The starting vortex in quiescent air induced by dielectric-barrier-discharge plasma. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 2012, 703, 192-203.
- Choi KS, Jukes T, Whalley R. Turbulent boundary-layer control with plasma actuators. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society A 2011, 369(1940), 1443-1458.
- Whalley R, Choi KS. Starting, traveling and colliding vortices: dielectric-barrier-discharge plasma in quiescent air. Physics of Fluids 2010, 22(9), 091105.