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Energy, Fluids and Turbomachinery


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 18 PhD students and 2 MPhil to completion.

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


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


Recent PhD Theses

Scillitoe A. D. 2018, Towards Predictive Eddy Resolving Simulations for Gas Turbine Compressors, D.Phil. Thesis, Department of Engineering, The University of Cambridge.

Dai Y.  2018,  Large Eddy Simulation of Labyrinth Seals and Rib Shapes for Internal Cooling Passages, D.Phil. Thesis, Department of Engineering, The University of Cambridge.

Massi A. 2018, Eddy-resolving simulations of the flow around a vertical tail plane, D.Phil. Thesis, Department of Engineering, The University of Cambridge.

Kalsi H.  2018,  Numerical Modelling of Shock-Wave Boundary Layer Interactions in Aero-Engine Intakes at Incidence, D.Phil. Thesis, Department of Engineering, The University of Cambridge.

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.


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.  

cover    Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences cover image    Advanced Computational Fluid and Aerodynamics

The Royal Society Theme issue (middle 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 far right hand book explains the evolution of CFD and provides a comprehensive overview of the plethora of tools and methods available for solving complex scenarios while exploring the future directions and possible outcomes.

Teaching and Supervisions


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

Rank Professor of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering
Professor Paul G. Tucker
Takes PhD students
Not available for consultancy


Departments and institutes: 
Person keywords: 
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Aircraft noise
Fluid Mechanics