Dr Tom Povey is interested in heat transfer and aerodynamics with particular application to axial turbines. Research topics range from fundamental studies of physical processes that are important for jet-engine life and performance, to the development of novel industrial measurement techniques and advanced instrumentation.
He is currently working on the following:
- Hot-streak migration in engines and impact on life and aerodynamics.
- The impact of swirl from new-generation low-NOx combustors on heat transfer and efficiency.
- Investigations of loss mechanisms in high-work turbines.
Development of novel industrial measurement techniques
- Transient methodologies for engine capacity measurement on the Rolls Royce Trent 900 and Trent 1000 engines.
- Fundamental methods for mass flow rate measurement.
Development of fully engine-realistic research methods
- Annular sector techniques for flow conditioning in cascade experiments, and for heat transfer investigations.
- Dendritic cooling systems.
- Dual-thin film probes for temperature and pressure sensing in the hot gas path of gas-turbines.
- Multi-hole probes for aerodynamic measurements in highly swirling flows.