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Mark Jabbal

Associate Professor in Aerospace Engineering, Faculty of Engineering



Dr Mark Jabbal is an Associate Professor and UG Programme Director in Aerospace Engineering in the Department of Mechanical, Materials & Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Nottingham. Mark received his PhD in Experimental Aerodynamics from the University of Manchester in 2008. Prior to joining the University of Nottingham in 2016, Mark was an Aerodynamic Consultant at Flow Science Ltd (2002-2003), a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Manchester (2008-2011) and a Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering at Brunel University London (2011-2016). His main research interests include aerodynamic flow control in aerospace and automotive applications for drag reduction. This research combines experimental fluid mechanics, modeling and optimisation, and vehicle system integration studies. Mark is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS) and a co-opted member of the RAeS Aerodynamics Specialist Group.

Dr Mark Jabbal is a member of the Fluids and Thermal Engineering Research Group and is affiliated to the Mechanical and Aerospace Systems Research Group.

Expertise Summary

  • Aerodynamic flow control
  • Synthetic and pulsed jet actuators
  • Active flow control systems architectures
  • Experimental fluid mechanics
  • Heat transfer and thermal management

Enquiries are welcomed from potential PhD candidates with a strong academic record and interest in any of these research areas.

Teaching Summary

Programme Director for UG Aerospace Engineering Module Convenor for MMME1030 Aerospace Aerodynamics and Contributing Tutor for MMME3080 Advanced Aerodynamics Contributing Tutor for MMME1050… read more

Research Summary

PI for the H2020/Clean Sky 2 WINGPULSE Project (Grant No. 887092): advancing active flow control technologies for more efficient aircraft

Co-I for the H2020/Clean Sky 2 TAILSURF Project (Grant No. 864290): aircraft rear-end configuration optimisation

Current PhD Supervision:

Sam Land - Development of synthetic jet actuators for flow separation control (starting 2023)

Shanshan Xiao - Aerodynamics of variable droop leading edge for helicopter rotor (starting 2023)

PhD students supervised to completion:

Peter Rhodes - Large scale model order reduction for drag reduction of the Ahmed body (2022); now Aerodynamics Engineer at Bentley Motors

Baris Gungordu - Structural and fluidic analyses of piezoelectric synthetic jet actuators for performance enhancements (2022); now Lecturer at Middle East Technical University

Adeel Arshad - Assessment of nanomaterials in enhancing the thermophysical properties of phase change materials for thermal management (2021); now Research Fellow at the University of Exeter

Hery Mwenegoha - Advanced navigation architecture for low-cost unmanned aerial vehicles (2021); now Senior Inertial Navigation Engineer at FocalPoint

Jonne Jeyalingam - Towards the noise reduction of synthetic jet actuators using lobed orifices (2018); now Tech Lead at Rethink Robotics

Recent Publications

  • Programme Director for UG Aerospace Engineering
  • Module Convenor for MMME1030 Aerospace Aerodynamics and Contributing Tutor for MMME3080 Advanced Aerodynamics
  • Contributing Tutor for MMME1050 Integrating Project
  • Project Supervisor for IMechE UAS Challenge and BEng & MEng projects

Future Research

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates and visiting researchers from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas: Experimental aerodynamics and fluid dynamics; boundary layer flow control; drag reduction using passive and active technologies; synthetic jet actuator development; active flow control system architectures for vehicle integration; heat transfer and novel cooling technologies for thermal management

Department of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

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