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Professor Holger Babinsky

Professor Holger Babinsky

Head of Fluids Group

Holger Babinsky is accepting applications for PhD students.


Holger Babinsky graduated with a distinction in Aerospace Engineering from Stuttgart University in Germany. He obtained a PhD in hypersonic aerodynamics from Cranfield University (UK) in 1994. After 18 months as Research Associate at the Shock Wave Research Centre of Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan he returned to the UK to take up a position at the University of Cambridge. He is now Professor of Aerodynamics as well as a Fellow, Tutor, and Director of Studies at Magdalene College. His main areas of research are in the field of experimental aerodynamics and associated measurement techniques. Apart from shock wave/boundary layer interactions which he has studied for more than 20 years his current research includes the aerodynamics of micro-air vehicles, Formula 1 racing cars, wind turbines and flow control for transonic aircraft wings and supersonic engine inlets. He is Head of the Fluids Group in the engineering department, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a member of several RTO advisory groups.

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Research Interests

My research is primarily experimental, although I do combine this with analytical methods and (occasionally) CFD. Key interests are shock wave / boundary layer interaction, flow control, transonic flow, low-Reynolds number unsteady flow and vehicle aerodynamics. Typical research projects revolve around applications such as Formula 1, micro-air vehicles (flapping wings), vertical axis wind turbines, shock control for transonic wings and supersonic engine inlets.

Key Publications

ShockwaveShock Wave-Boundary-Layer Interactions, Holger Babinsky, John K. Harvey, Cambridge University Press, 2011, Hardback (ISBN-13: 9780521848527)

4th Year Project Deadlines

29th May 2019
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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