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Professor Paul G. Tucker FIMechE, Assoc. FAIAA

Professor Paul G. Tucker, FIMechE, Assoc. FAIAA

Rank Professor of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering

Paul Tucker is accepting applications for PhD students.


Professor Paul Tucker is Rank Professor of Engineering and works within the Turbomachinery, Energy and Fluid Mechanics Division at the University of Cambridge.  His key research interest is the computation of unsteady, turbulent, complex geometry aerodynamic flows.

Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, Professor Tucker worked as a Professor in the Civil and Computational Engineering Centre at the University of Swansea leading aerospace. Before this he was a Senior  Lecturer in the Department of Engineering at the University of Warwick.  He is an Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal and a Professorial Fellow at Murray Edwards College. Professor Tucker has supervised 14 PhD students and 2 MPhil to completion.

 Awards: NCR Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement; ASME Best Paper Award 2013 - Turbomachinery committee

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Research Interests

His current research heavily focuses on improving Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in aerospace - especially turbomachinery.  Much of Professor Tucker's work uses Large Eddy Simulation (LES) techniques.

Professor Tucker has a team of around 20 people largely comprising the C2AC. Some current research projects are listed below:

  • Large Eddy Simulation of  Turbine Blades (Rolls-Royce and EPSRC funded)
  • Large Eddy Simulation for Jet and Exhaust Noise (Rolls-Royce, TSB and EPSRC funded)
  • Mesh Generation (partly Rolls-Royce funded)
  • Prediction of Separation on Vertical Tail Planes (Airbus) 
  • Simulation of Transonic Fans (3 team members/projects, Rolls-Royce funded)
  • Large Eddy Simulation of Compressors (Rolls-Royce/EPSRC funded)
  • Large Eddy Simulation of Turbine Blade Internal Cooling (Rolls-Royce funded)
  • Design Optimisation in Turbomachinery 
  • Turbulent Flow Simulation on Engine Intakes (5 projects, Rolls-Royce funded)
  • Reduced order models (Rolls-Royce funded)

Recent PhD Theses

Cui J. 2016, Numerical Investigation of Disturbed Flow Environment Impact on Low Pressure Turbines, D.Phil. Thesis, Department of Engineering, The University of Cambridge.

Ali Z. 2016, Optimal Block Topology Generation for CFD Meshing, D.Phil. Thesis, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University.

Sheikh Al-Shabab A. A. 2016, Numerical Investigation of aerodynamic installation effects in open jet wind tunnel aerofoil experiments, D.Phil. Thesis, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University.

Shaw M. 2015, An assessment of CFD for transonic fan stability studies, D.Phil. Thesis, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University.

Nagabhushana Rao V. 2014, Numerical investigation of separated flows in low pressure turbines, D.Phil. Thesis, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University.

Oriji Ugochukwu R.. 2014 Numerical investigation of intake flows in crosswinds, D.Phil. Thesis, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University.

Yang. X. 2014 Numerical investigation of turbulent channel flow subject to surface roughness, acceleration, and streamline curvature, D.Phil. Thesis, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University.

Watson R., 2013. Large eddy simulation of cutback trailing edges for film cooling turbine blades, D.Phil. Thesis, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University.


Professor Tucker teaches: Computational Fluid Dynamics 4A2  and the Turbomachinery Project (Turboexpander) GA2.


  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Acoustics
  • Aircraft noise
  • Fluid Mechanics

Key Publications

Professor Tucker's publications are here.

The book below (left hand image) was published September 2013. It looks at the current  status  of  computational aerodynamics and explores future methods and needs.  

Book Cover

The Royal Society Theme issue (right hand side image) outlines how the growth of aircraft will potentially impact on the environment in around the next 20 years and how computational modelling is likely to greatly help reduce this impact. The issue discusses  the  challenges  and  tremendous  changes  that  are  likely  to  occur in aerodynamics  simulation  in  the  next  20 years  and  the  paramount  role  that simulation will play in creating environmentally friendly aircraft. 

4th Year Project Deadlines

 May 2017
Each student submits two copies of Final report plus an extra copy of their technical abstract, plus their log book or electronic equivalent to Group Centres by 4pm.


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