Dr Craig White
- Lecturer (Aerospace Sciences)
I graduated from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde with a 1st class BEng (Hons) degree in 2009, before starting a PhD in the same department soon after. At the end of my first year I was awarded a prestigious James Weir Postgraduate Scholarship, I was the recipient of an IMechE Thomas Andrew Common Travel Grant in 2010, and participated in a one month academic visit to the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. My doctoral work led to numerous publications covering microscale flows, hypersonics, and orbital dynamics. My thesis was entitled "Benchmarking, Development and Applications of an Open Source DSMC Solver" and was completed in early 2013.
After my PhD, I began a post doctoral research associate position, also at the University of Strathclyde, working on the EU ABLAMOD FP7 collaboration. This program aimed to increase the understanding and improve the modelling of ablative materials for use in the next generation of atmospheric re-entry heat shield technologies, and involved working with academic and industrial partners from across Europe.
I joined the Aerospace Sciences Division at the University of Glasgow as a lecturer in December 2014.
My research interests are in fluid dynamics, primarily the simulation of gas flows using the direct simulation Monte Carlo method. This method has been successfully applied to a number of areas throughout my research, including orbital dynamics of small spacecraft, rarefied gas flow in micro-channels with bends, flows in porous materials (such as Berea sandstone) and chemically reacting high altitude hypersonic flows. A key area of my work has been modifying and extending the free and open source dsmcFoam code, and this is work that I am keen to continue in the future and would be more than happy to collaborate with interested parties on this.
I am involved in delivering CPD training courses on the dsmcFoam code, that are normally held in April each year.
- Markup Languages
- Programming Languages
- Specialised software
White, C., Borg, M. K., Scanlon, T. J. and Reese, J. M. (2013) A DSMC investigation of gas flows in micro-channels with bends. Computers and Fluids, 71, pp. 261-271. (doi: 10.1016/j.compfluid.2012.10.023)
Wu, L., White, C. , Scanlon, T. J., Reese, J. M. and Zhang, Y. (2013) Deterministic numerical solutions of the Boltzmann equation using the fast spectral method. Journal of Computational Physics, 250, pp. 27-52. (doi: 10.1016/j.jcp.2013.05.003)
Scanlon, T.J., Roohi, E., White, C. , Darbandi, M. and Reese, J.M. (2010) An open source, parallel DSMC code for rarefied gas flows in arbitrary geometries. Computers and Fluids, 39(10), pp. 2078-2089. (doi: 10.1016/j.compfluid.2010.07.014)
Wu, L., White, C. , Scanlon, T. J., Reese, J. M. and Zhang, Y. (2015) A kinetic model of the Boltzmann equation for non-vibrating polyatomic gases. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 763, pp. 24-50. (doi: 10.1017/jfm.2014.632)
Dongari, N., White, C. , Scanlon, T. J., Zhang, Y. and Reese, J. M. (2013) Effects of curvature on rarefied gas flows between rotating concentric cylinders. Physics of Fluids, 25(5), 052003. (doi: 10.1063/1.4807072)
- Aerothermodynamic Characterisation of a Microgravity Experiment Platform's Re-entry Module
- Partner: Dr Rodrigo Palharini, Institute of Aeronautics and Space, Division of Aerodynamics (DCTA/IAE/ALA)
- March 2015 - March 2016
- Royal Academy of Engineering
I currently supervise the following doctoral candidates:
Michael Wojewodka - Internal flow control using plasma actuators
Thomas Andreou - Geomerty optimisation of fuel swirlers
Burak Agir - Shock interactions
- ENG2037 Introduction to Aerodynamics 2 - a 2nd year course covering the basics in some aspects of aerodynamics and aircraft design, which the students will require for future years
- ENG2053 Thermodynamics 2 - a 2nd year course covering the steady flow energy equation, the Rankine cycle, and the Brayton cycle
- ENG3001 Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 3 - I teach the fluid mechanics section of this module, which covers Euler's equation, flows with vorticity, and potential flow