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Steve Pickering

Head of Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering & Hives Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

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Expertise Summary

Teaching

Steve Pickering's teaching is in the general area of thermofluids and he has taught or currently teaches thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, energy efficiency, thermal power systems and engineering design.

Research

Steve is a part of the Composites Research Group.

Steve Pickering's is an engineer with an interest in the solving complex industrial problems in the thermofluids area through experimental and modelling research. His research interests cover: thermodynamics, fluid mechanics including two phase flow, combustion and heat transfer, where he combines experimental work with modelling, including the use of computational fluid dynamics.

Current Research

Current research projects mostly involve collaboration and support from industry and include the following:

  • The development of processes for the recycling of carbon fibre composite materials, including the development of applications for use of the recycled carbon fibre.
  • Thermal management of advanced electrical actuation systems and power electronics systems in the aerospace and power industries.
  • Development of improvements to oil and air management in the transmissions of aero-engines.

Future Research

Future research will develop the major themes of the recycling of carbon fibre composites, thermal management of electrical and electronic systems and the improvement of oil and air management in aero-engines.

Research Summary

Thermofluids Composites Fluidised bed thermal processes for the recycling of glass and carbon fibres from polymer composite materials (experimental). Cooling of rotating electrical machines .… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

Thermofluids Composites Fluidised bed thermal processes for the recycling of glass and carbon fibres from polymer composite materials (experimental). Cooling of rotating electrical machines . Industrial applications of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) including: coal combustion, cement manufacture, particle filtration and swirling flows. Application of exergy analysis to optimisation of mine climate control systems. Measurement and control of pulverised fuel flows in power station pipework.

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