Dr Nader Karimi
- Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering (Systems Power and Energy)
I completed my first degree in mechanical engineering in 2000 at AmirKabir University of Technology in Tehran/Iran. This was followed by a master's degree in energy conversion at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran in 2002. I was awarded a PhD in 2009 for my experimental and theoretical work on unsteady combusting flows at University of Melbourne in Australia. In between 2009 and 2011, I was a Marie Currie post-doctoral researcher at Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany. I then moved to the department of engineering at University of Cambridge in the UK and worked there as a research associate for almost two years. In September 2013, I joined the school of engineering at University of Glasgow.
I am interested in the fundamentals of fluid and thermal science. In particular, I am interested in those parts of this science, which are related to energy problems. Provision of sustainable energy presents a great challenge before us and there appears to be no single solution to the current complex issues in this area. I, therefore, work on a range of technologies under the general topic of thermochemical energy. My ultimate aim is to understand the essential physics of different energy technologies to further improve them. I pursue this goal through experimental and theoretical research methods.
The energy sector is currently going through a significant transition from relying on fossil fuels to harnessing a variety of renewable and low carbon resources. Combustion is expected to remain an important energy technology in future provided that new combustion technologies are developed to use low-carbon and carbon-neutral fuels. At the same time, generation of environmental emissions should be minimised. It is, therefore, essential to make future combustion systems as efficient, robust and clean as possible. I work on improving combustion in gas turbines and aero-engines through developing low NOx and quiet combustion technologies. I also work on non-conventional combustion concepts for more efficient utilisation of renewable fuels such as bio-syngas and bio-methane. These include fundamental studies of combustion in porous and catalytic burners.
My research further includes attempts to understand transport phenomena and heterogeneous chemical reactions at micro and meso-scales. This finds major applications in the design of micro-reactors for production of low-carbon fuels, hydrogen and other chemicals. It also helps understanding and modelling of the gasification process of coal and biomass.
Combustion, thermoacoustics, transport phenomena, thermodynamics, porous media, micro-reactors, gas turbines, gasification, mathematical modelling.
Karimi, N., Brear, M., Jin, S.-H. and Monty, J.P. (2009) Linear and non-linear forced response of a conical, ducted, laminar premixed flame. Combustion and Flame, 156(11), pp. 2201-2212. (doi:10.1016/j.combustflame.2009.06.027)
- Thermally Driven Heat Pump Based on an Integrated Thermodynamic Cycle for Low Carbon Domestic Heating (Therma-Pump), Zhibin Yu (PI), Nader Karimi (Co-I), EPSRC, EP/N020472/1, £700k, 2016-2019.
- Real time control of gasifiers to increase tolerance to biomass variety and reduce emissions, Ian Watson (PI), Nader Karimi (Co-I), EPSRC, EP/M01343X/1, £1M, 2015-2018.
- Experimental investigation of flame flashback in a premixed swirl burner with central bluff-body, Nader Karimi (PI) & Andreas Dreizler (Co-I). Funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG, KA 3483/1-1) € 215200, 2012-2014.
Current PhD students:
Ms Linwei Wang, Mr Loizos Christodoulou, Mr Graham Hunt, Mr Tata Saturdi, Ms Fiona Robertson Munro.
Graduated members of the group:
Dr Fernando Javier Guerrero Martinez, graduated in January 2017.
Dr Abolfazl Fattahi, graduated in March 2017 (Jointly supervised by Prof Hosseinalipour at Iran University of Science and Technology).
Dr Bijan Yadollahi
Please contact me directly if you are interested in doing a PhD in my research areas.
First year undergraduate thermodynamics
Third year undergraduate heat transfer
Fourth year undergraduate heat and mass transfer
Fifth year graduate level thermodynamics