Tom Povey

Professor of Engineering Science

Personal Details

Professor Thomas Povey, BA, MA, D.Phil
Professor of Engineering Science
Tacchi Fellow in Engineering Science
Tutorial Fellow of University CollegeProfessor Tom Povey

Contact Details

Dept of Engineering Science,
University of Oxford,
Parks Road,
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 288767


Tom is a Professor of Engineering Science and a Tutorial Fellow of University College, where he is also the Tacchi Fellow in Engineering Science. He completed a degree in Physics at St Catherine's College Oxford, followed by a DPhil in Engineering Science (Turbomachinery) in the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics at Oxford University. Following his DPhil Tom was appointed as the Rolls Royce Industrial Fellow at St Catherine’s College before taking up his current post as Tutorial Fellow at University College in 2004. In 2008 he took up the Tacchi Fellowship in Engineering Science, and in 2014 became a Professor of Engineering Science.

His research group pioneered accurate metal effectivness measurement techniques, ultra-high-accuracy engine capacity measurement techniques, and high frequencey (10 KHz) cooling modulation methods by acoustic optimisation of cooling holes. Tom has published mroe than 70 papers in turbomachinery conferences and journals, with an emphasis on turbine performance, heat transfer, and combined aero/cooling problems. He has supervised about 50 final year projects and eight finished PhD theses.

Tom is a founder Technical Director of Oxford Flow a manufacturer of high-performance pressure regulators for the water, oil and gas industries.

Research Interests

  • Turbine performance
  • Turbine capacity measurement
  • Nozzle guide vane rotor cooling optimisation
  • Combustor turbine interaction effects
  • Measurement techniques in turbines
  • High speed facility design
  • Aerodynamic probe design and calibration