Computational Fluid Dynamics (High-order accurate numerical methods, high-performance computing)
Numerical Modelling (High-performance computing for CFD, hybrid RANS/LES methods)
Turbomachinery (Low-pressure and high-pressure turbines, compressor flows)
Turbulent Flows (Aeroacoustics, Flow and Noise Control, Compressible Flows)
Richard is Chair of Computational Mechanics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His main interest is in high-fidelity simulation of turbulent flows and the associated noise generation in order to gain physical understanding of flow and noise mechanisms and to help assess and improve low-order models that can be employed in an industrial context.
He was awarded a veski
innovation fellowship in July 2015 entitled: "Impacting Industry by enabling a step-change in simulation fidelity for flow and noise problems"
Prior to joining the University of Melbourne, he was a Professor of Fluid Dynamics and Aeroacoustics in the Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics research group at the University of Southampton and headed the UK Turbulence Consortium (www.turbulence.ac.uk), coordinating the work packages for compressible flows and flow visualisations and databases. Career History
• 2015-present: Chair of Computational Mechanics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne
• 2012-2015: Professor of Fluid Dynamics and Aeroacoustics in the Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics research group at the University of Southampton
• 2011-2012: Senior Lecturer of Aerospace Engineering in the Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics Research
• 2008: Visiting Researcher at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
• 2007-2012: Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC research fellowship
• 2007-2011: Lecturer of Aerospace Engineering in the Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics Research
• 2005-2007: Research Fellow in Simulation of trailing-edge broadband noise in Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics Research Group University of Southampton
• 1999-2004: PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Arizona in ‘Numerical Investigation of T
My research is mainly focussed on conducting cutting-edge simulations of flow and noise problems. In particular I like to treat simulations like a 'virtual wind tunnel' that allows numerical experiments that are complementary to laboratory experiments. I am both interested in fundamental canonical problems to get insight into physical mechanisms but also in more applied problems that are off direct value to industry, mainly to turbomachinery companies.
I am looking for the best students in a wide range of areas, from aerospace and mechanical engineering to applied mathematics, computer science or similar as the projects I offer are highly multidisciplinary and require skills from different backgrounds.