Priyanka Dhopade

Senior Research Associate in Turbomachinery

TEL: 01865 288760
COLLEGE: St John's College
  • Biography
  • Research


Dr Priyanka Dhopade graduated from Ryerson University, Canada, in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering. During her degree, she did interships at leading aerospace companies in Toronto to better understand the aerospace industry. After graduation, she decided to explore the world and contribute to the global aerospace sector.

Priyanka received an MEng in aerospace engineering from Monash University, Melbourne, in 2009 and soon commenced a PhD at UNSW Australia in the nation's capital, Canberra. She completed her PhD in 2013 on aeromechanical modelling of rotating fan blades to investigate high-cycle and low-cycle fatigue interaction. During her PhD, Priyanka recieved the Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellowship award of $10,000, awarded annually to 35 outstanding female aerospace PhD students worldwide.

Priyanka joined the Osney lab at Oxford in 2013, where she works on aerodynamics, thermodynamics and heat transfer for gas turbine applications.

Research Interests

Priyanka's current research interests are in aerodynamics, thermodynamics and heat transfer for gas turbine applications.

The broader aim of her research is to develop novel cooling technologies and predictive models for jet engines to improve the safety, environmental impact and economy of commercial aviation. Her expertise is in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of (i) internal turbomachinery flows to investigate novel cooling methods and (ii) fluid-structure interaction to predict blade aeroelastic response. The challenges involved with her research include accurately modelling the turbulent, potentially unsteady flow physics surrounding each component and being able to predict/measure the resulting heat transfer coefficients (both numerically and experimentally) that influence the component design and ultimately, engine efficiency.

Current Projects

She is currently leading the CFD modelling campaigns for various projects in collaboration with industry partners and research groups relating to:

  • Turbine and compressor tip clearance control
  • Turbine internal cooling
  • Compressor-combustor-turbine interaction
  • Active flow control for gas turbines