Rank Professor of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering
Paul Tucker is interested in taking 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 to 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 member of the ACME board. He is a Professorial Fellow at Murray Edwards College. Professor Tucker has supervised 11 PhD students and 2 MPhil to completion.
Awards: NCR Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement; ASME Best Paper Award 2013 - Turbomachinery committee
Departments and Institutes
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
Shaw M. 2015, An assessment of CFD for transonic fan stability studies, D.Phil. Thesis, School of Engineering, Cambridge University.
Nagabhushana Rao V. 2014, Numerical investigation of separated flows in low pressure turbines, D.Phil. Thesis, School of Engineering, Cambridge University.
Oriji Ugochukwu R.. 2014 Numerical investigation of intake flows in crosswinds, D.Phil. Thesis, School of Engineering, Cambridge University.
Yang. X. 2014 Numerical investigation of turbulent channel flow subject to surface roughness, acceleration, and streamline curvature, D.Phil. Thesis, School of Engineering, Cambridge University.
Watson R., 2013. Large eddy simulation of cutback trailing edges for film cooling turbine blades, D.Phil. Thesis, School of Engineering, Cambridge University.
Professor Tucker teaches: Computational Fluid Dynamics and the Turbomachinery Project (Turboexpander) GA2.
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.
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.