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Shirley Ashforth-Frost

Assistant Professor and Director of Studies, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

A Chartered Mechanical Engineer (since 1994) and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Dr Ashforth-Frost is presently Assistant Professor and Director of Studies in the Department of Foundation Engineering and Physical Sciences. She has over twenty years' experience of lecturing and tutoring on under-graduate and post-graduate degree courses, short courses to industry and post-graduates, as well as having industrial experience. She has developed a particular aptitude for teaching (or facilitating learning for) adults from a range of backgrounds, with a range of entry qualifications and ages, as well as other demographics. Dr Ashforth-Frost has also built a strong research track record, and has disseminated her research extensively in authored or co-authored academic articles published in refereed journals, conferences and press releases. She is an experienced personal tutor and project supervisor, having supervised 12 PhD students and over 150 MSc/MEng projects to successful completion. Dr Ashforth-Frost is also a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and the National Foundation Year Network. She has previously volunteered as a member of the IMechE Regional Panel, undertaking Professional Review Interviews for IMechE membership.

Expertise Summary

As Director of Studies in the Department of Foundation Engineering and Physical Sciences, my duties focus on helping a student cohort with different demographic characteristics (age, entry qualifications, ethnicity, religion, social class, background etc.) from the EU and overseas, to transition into higher education and prepare for degree level study at the University of Nottingham and my present research interests revolve around improving this student experience. In particular, I am active in the area of assessment and feedback (such as introducing feed-forward mechanisms, analytic rubrics and 'flipped' teaching) and, in improving the transition and integration of overseas students.

My previous research interests have focussed on the investigation and optimisation of heat transfer and fluid flows in various heat exchange geometries, in particular, impinging geometries relevant to turbine blade cooling; experimental modelling using Laser-Doppler Anemometry (LDA), Hot Wire Anemometry (HWA), Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Liquid Crystal Thermography (LCT) and other flow visualisation techniques; numerical modelling using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD); validation of CFD; exploitation of these techniques and application to other disciplines.

With an established research and publication track record, I have been successful in securing research funding from funding bodies such as the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) including a prestigious EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship. I am a panel member of the EPSRC Peer Review College (1998 - 2009, 2015 - present) and have participated in organising committees for various international conferences and seminars and peer reviewed many articles for international journals. I have also been involved in knowledge transfer to/from industry as the lead academic in a Teaching Company Scheme (now Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)) as well as the development and delivery of bespoke short courses to industry and consultancy relevant to my research experience.

Teaching Summary

I have over 20 years experience of teaching, supervising and providing pastoral care in higher education. Recent teaching activity includes FHEQ levels 3, 4 and 6 namely, H10FM1 Foundation Mechanics,… read more

Selected Publications

I have over 20 years experience of teaching, supervising and providing pastoral care in higher education. Recent teaching activity includes FHEQ levels 3, 4 and 6 namely, H10FM1 Foundation Mechanics, H10FM3 Foundation Further Mechanics, H10EMB Electical Circuit Principles,participation in H10ESS Study Skills and supervision of final year projects.

Previous modules have included Instrumentation, Fluid Mechanics, Thermo Dynamics, Numerical Methods, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) at FHEQ levels 4 to 8, and supervision and examination (internal and external) of MPhil/PhD degrees in the area of Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer.

  • CHEONG, BRIAN C. Y., IRELAND, PETER T., LING, JOHN P. C. W. and ASHFORTH-FROST, SHIRLEY, 2005. Flow and heat transfer characteristics of an impinging jet in crossflow at low nozzle-to-plate spacings Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo 2005, Vol 3 Pts A and B. 601-617
  • CHEONG C Y, IRELAND P T and ASHFORTH-FROST S, 2003. A Comparison Between Experimental and Predicted Flow Profiles Beneath a Semi-Confined Axisymmetric Impinging Jet In: Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo 2003. Vol 5 Pts A and B. 311-316
  • ASHFORTH-FROST S and RŰDEL U W, 2003. Thermal and Hydrodynamic visualisation of a Water Jet Impinging on a Flat Surface using Microencapsulated Liquid Crystals International Journal of Fluid Dynamics. 7(1), 1-7
  • CHAN, TL, LEUNG, CW, JAMBUNATHAN, K, ASHFORTH-FROST, S, ZHOU, Y and LIU, MH, 2002. Heat transfer characteristics of a slot jet impinging on a semi-circular convex surface INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER. 45(5), 993-1006
  • CHAN, TL, ASHFORTH-FROST, S and JAMBUNATHAN, K, 2001. Calibrating for viewing angle effect during heat transfer measurements on a curved surface INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER. 44(12), 2209-2223
  • ASHFORTH-FROST, S, CHEONG, B C Y and IRELAND, P T, 2001. Near wall flow characteristics beneath a turbulent impinging jet. In: Proc. 5th World Conf. on Exp. Heat Transfer,” Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Thessaloniki, 24 - 28 Sept. 2. 987 - 992
  • JAMBUNATHAN, K, TAN, YW and ASHFORTH-FROST, S, 2000. Optimized design tools for small scale ammonia-water absorption cooling systems PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GEARING, TRANSMISSIONS, AND MECHANICAL SYSTEMS. 791-803
  • LI, WZ, YAN, YY, ASHFORTH-FROST, S and JAMBUNATHAN, K, 2000. Numerical simulation of flow field around a rising bubble by using non-orthogonal BFC HEAT TRANSFER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 2000. 574-579
  • RÜDEL, U, ASHFORTH-FROST, S and JAMBUNATHAN, K, 2000. Flow visualisation of submerged impinging jets of different Prandtl-numbers. In: Proc. 9th Millennium International Symposium on Flow Visualization, Edinburgh, UK, 22-25 Aug.. 372.
  • RUDEL, U, ASHFORTH-FROST, S and JAMBUNATHAN, K, 1999. The effect of boundary conditions on heat transfer testing at moderate Prandtl-numbers SIXTH UK NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HEAT TRANSFER. 1999(7), 221-230
  • BALL, SJ, ASHFORTH-FROST, S, JAMBUNATHAN, K and WHITNEY, CF, 1999. Appraisal of a hot-wire temperature compensation technique for velocity measurements in non-isothermal flows INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER. 42(16), 3097-3102
  • BALL, SJ, ASHFORTH-FROST, SA, JAMBUNATHAN, N and WHITNEY, CF, 1998. Orthogonally impinging axisymmetric jet investigation - Heat transfer and near wall thermal flow field characteristics HEAT TRANSFER 1998, VOL 5. 457-462
  • BOWLES, CB, DAFFERN, C and ASHFORTH-FROST, S, 1998. An investigation into the flow field at a generalised intake structure using SSIIM, a 3D numerical model WATER RESOURCES ENGINEERING 98, VOLS 1 AND 2. 1114-1119
  • BOWLES, CB, DAFFERN, C and ASHFORTH-FROST, S, 1998. The independent validation of SSIIM, a 3D numerical model HYDROINFORMATICS '98, VOLS 1 AND 2. 1291-1298
  • JAMBUNATHAN, K, FONTAMA, VN, HARTLE, SL and ASHFORTHFROST, S, 1997. Using ART2 networks to deduce flow velocities ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN ENGINEERING. 11(2), 135-141
  • ASHFORTHFROST, S, JAMBUNATHAN, K, WHITNEY, CF and BALL, SJ, 1997. Heat transfer from a flat plate to a turbulent axisymmetric impinging jet PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART C-JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE. 211(2), 167-172
  • ASHFORTHFROST, S, JAMBUNATHAN, K and WHITNEY, CF, 1997. Velocity and turbulence characteristics of a semiconfined orthogonally impinging slot jet EXPERIMENTAL THERMAL AND FLUID SCIENCE. 14(1), 60-67
  • ASHFORTH-FROST S, 1996. Quantitative thermal imaging using liquid crystals. Journal of biomedical optics. 1(1), 18-27
  • ASHFORTHFROST, S and JAMBUNATHAN, K, 1996. Numerical prediction of semi-confined jet impingement and comparison with experimental data INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN FLUIDS. 23(3), 295-306
  • ASHFORTHFROST, S, JU, XY, JAMBUNATHAN, K and WU, X, 1996. Application of liquid crystals to particle image velocimetry INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON OPTICAL METHODS AND DATA PROCESSING IN HEAT AND FLUID FLOW. 1996(3), 81-89
  • JAMBUNATHAN, K, HARTLE, SL, ASHFORTHFROST, S and FONTAMA, VN, 1996. Evaluating convective heat transfer coefficients using neural networks INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER. 39(11), 2329-2332
  • ASHFORTHFROST, S and JAMBUNATHAN, K, 1996. Effect of nozzle geometry and semi-confinement on the potential core of a turbulent axisymmetric free jet INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS IN HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER. 23(2), 155-162
  • ASHFORTHFROST, S, JAMBUNATHAN, K, WHITNEY, CF and BALL, SJ, 1996. Heat transfer from a flat plate to a turbulent axisymmetric impinging jet INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON OPTICAL METHODS AND DATA PROCESSING IN HEAT AND FLUID FLOW. 1996(3), 71-79
  • ASHFORTHFROST, S, FONTAMA, VN, JAMBUNATHAN, K and HARTLE, SL, 1995. THE ROLE OF NEURAL NETWORKS IN FLUID MECHANICS AND HEAT TRANSFER IMTC/95 - 1995 IEEE INSTRUMENTATION/MEASUREMENT TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS. 6-9
  • JAMBUNATHAN, K, JU, XY, DOBBINS, BN and ASHFORTHFROST, S, 1995. AN IMPROVED CROSS-CORRELATION TECHNIQUE FOR PARTICLE IMAGE VELOCIMETRY MEASUREMENT SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY. 6(5), 507-514
  • CHAN, TL, LEUNG, TP, JAMBUNATHAN, K and ASHFORTHFROST, S, 1995. Calibration of thermochromic liquid crystals applied to an oblique surface 4TH UK NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HEAT TRANSFER. 1995(2), 61-66
  • CHAN, TL, JAMBUNATHAN, K, LEUNG, TP and ASHFORTHFROST, S, 1994. A SURFACE TEMPERATURE CALIBRATION METHOD FOR THERMOCHROMIC LIQUID CRYSTALS USING TRUE-COLOUR IMAGE PROCESSING HEAT TRANSFER 1994 - PROCEEDINGS OF THE TENTH INTERNATIONAL HEAT TRANSFER CONFERENCE, VOL 2. 201-206
  • ASHFORTHFROST, S, DOBBINS, BN, JAMBUNATHAN, K, WU, XP and JU, XY, 1993. A COMPARISON OF INTERROGATION METHODS FOR PARTICLE IMAGE VELOCIMETRY OPTICAL DIAGNOSTICS IN FLUID AND THERMAL FLOW. 2005, 478-489
  • ASHFORTHFROST, S and JAMBUNATHAN, K, 1993. FLOW VISUALIZATION USING LIQUID-CRYSTALS OPTICAL DIAGNOSTICS IN FLUID AND THERMAL FLOW. 2005, 237-245
  • ASHFORTHFROST, S, EDWARDS, RJ, GRAHAM, DP, LOWESMITH, BJ, JAMBUNATHAN, K and RHINE, JM, 1992. MEASUREMENT OF CONVECTIVE HEAT-TRANSFER COEFFICIENTS, ON THE LIGAMENTS OF A MODEL SHELL-BOILER TUBE PLATE, USING LIQUID-CRYSTAL THERMOGRAPHY HEAT TRANSFER, VOLS 1 AND 2. 129, 351-359
  • THAKKER, A, FRAWLEY, P, JAMBUNATHAN, K and ASHFORTHFROST, S, 1992. AN EXPERIMENTAL-STUDY OF THE COUNTER AND TRACKER SIGNAL PROCESSORS USED IN FLUID MEASUREMENTS PROCEEDINGS OF THE OPTICAL SENSING AND MEASUREMENT SYMPOSIUM : ICALEO 91. 60-69

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