Dr Marco Vezza
- Senior Lecturer (Aerospace Sciences)
Dr Vezza graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 1982 with a 1st class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering. He subsequently pursued research in computational aerodynamics at the University of Glasgow, in particular the development of vortex methods for the prediction of dynamic stall, and was awarded a PhD in 1986. From 1985-1987 he held a position in industry, working as a research engineer for James Howden & Co. During this time he was engaged in experimental and computational work applied to industrial fluid dynamic equipment, in particular fans and preheaters, and was instrumental in enhancing the methodology for air preheater design and performance.
Dr Vezza was appointed to a lecturing position in aeronautical structures at the University of Glasgow in 1987, and was immediately involved in a major revamp of honours structures teaching. He continued his interest in aerodynamics and subsequently developed a research profile in the area of wind engineering and industrial aerodynamics, with a focus on fluid structure interaction problems. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1999.
Dr Vezza has taught widely across the engineering curriculum in the area of fluids, structures and mathematics. He has held a number of senior positions within the University, and was Head of Department of Aerospace Engineering from 2007-2010. He is currently the Quality Officer for the School of Engineering.
Dr Vezza has research interests in fluid structure interaction, with a particular focus on applications in the area of wind engineering and industrial aerodynamics. He has been involved in both experimental and computational work in this area, notably the analysis and design of bridge decks against static loading and aeroelastic effects. Computational work has concentrated on the development of vortex methods for flow simulation.
The DIVEX code which was initially developed at Glasgow, and subsequently through collaboration with the University of Strathclyde, has been employed in a number of funded bridge projects for commercial sponsors. In addition, bridge deck testing in the university’s wind tunnel facilities has been carried out, most recently on a model of the Forth Bridge.
He also has interests in renewables, both wind and tidal, and is collaborating with the University of Strathclyde on the developing area of Performance- Based Wind Engineering.
Dr Vezza welcomes interest from suitably qualified PhD candidates in the above or related areas.
- Rotorcraft DARP – predictive capability theme. EPSRC/Industry funded (2003-2008), £87,892
- Wind Tunnel Testing of Deck Structure (Forth Bridge). Funded by Forth Estuary Transport Authority (2006), £64,244 , co-investigator
- Numerical Analysis of the Sale Waterpark Footbridge, Manchester. Funded by Halcrow (2004), £12,000
- Aerodynamic Assessment of the Bressay Bridge Options. Funded by Halcrow (2003), £12,000
- Frank Scheurich - Modelling the Aerodynamics of Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines. (PhD)
- Alasdair Thom - Computational Study of Vortex/Lifting Surface Interactions. (PhD)
- Lada Vybulkova - Simulating the Impact of Tidal Stream Turbines on the Seabed in Shallow Waters. (PhD)
- Wei Li - Development of multi-level computational fluid dynamics computer system for the performance analysis of off- and on-shore wind farms. (PhD)
- Sajid Iqbal (MSc)
- Selcuk Atalay (MSc)
- Francisco Javier Garcia-de-Quiros Nieto (PhD)
- Alessio Di Salvo (PhD)
- Fotios Tsiachris Ph.D. 2005 .
- Linq Qian Ph.D. 2001. Towards numerical simulation of vortex-body interaction using vorticity-based methods
- Sabrina Malpede Ph.D. 2001. Three-dimensional single-sail static aeroelastic analysis & design method
- Ian Taylor Ph.D. 1999. Study of bluff body flow fields and aeroelastic stability using a discrete vortex method
- Lin Hequan Ph.D. 1997. Prediction of separated flows around pitching aerofoils using a discrete vortex method
- Ian Bennett M.Sc. 1995. The prediction of internal flows in centrifugal fans
- Thermofluids 1 (LAEU)
- Fluid mechanics M1F (9DPU)
- Industrial Aerodynamics 4 (5ZDX)
- Introduction to Wind Engineering (NCNS)
- Physics of Fluids 4 (1A3X)
- Viscous Shear Flows (NCPS)