Dr Stuart Norris

BE (Hons), ME (Dist), PhD

Biography

Stuart grew up in the shadow of Huntly Powerstation, and is heir to a family tradition of engineering and the sea. He was educated in New Zealand and Australia, and before returning to the Mechanical Engineering Department, he worked as a research engineer in the Bioengineering Institute, a scientific programmer for a special effects studio in Los Angeles, a computer systems administrator at the University of New South Wales, and as a garbo for the Otahuhu City Council.

His interests are the development and application of computational techniques for the solution of heat and fluid flow, and their application to heat transfer and yacht aerodynamics problems.

Qualifications 

BE (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, The University of Auckland (1990)
ME (Dist) Mechanical Engineering, The University of Auckland (1993)
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Sydney (2000)

Research | Current

Research groups

  • Yacht Research Unit
  • Thermofluids laboratory
  • Fluid Dynamics Research Group (University of Sydney)

Showcase of Research at NeSI

Teaching | Current

  • MECHENG 211 Thermofluids
  • MECHENG 311 Thermal Engineering
  • MECHENG 711 Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • MECHENG 713 Energy Technology

Postgraduate supervision

Current Students:

  • Stefano Nava, "Modelling the Aerodynamics of Downwind Yacht Sails using Large Eddy Simulation"
  • Peihua Li, "Flow condensation of CO2 in a horizontal tube at low temperatures"
  • Eric Bretscher, "Development and optimisation of displacement craft hulls to reduce residuary resistance using a CFD approach"
  • Joë Pelmard, "Numerical analysis of density-driven flows"
  • Farzad Farvizi, "Tsunami forces on coastal structures"
  • Ehsan Hendi, "Hydrodynamics of sediment retention ponds"

Graduate Studies

Inquisitive and enthusiastic students wishing to study for a PhD or Masters degree can email me directly including a CV and an academic transcript. Financial assistance may be available for successful applicants at postgraduate levels. If you are interested in doctoral studies, please follow the following link to complete an expression of interest: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/for/future-postgraduates/how-to-apply-pg/apply-for-a-doctorate.html

Projects on the development, implimentation and application of DNS methods are available in conjunction with the University of Sydney, and will involve study at both Auckland and Sydney.

Further projects are available in the following areas:

  • Development of methodologies for modelling heat and fluid flow
  • Yacht aerodynamics
  • Buoyancy driven flows
  • Convective heat transfer

You can find a listing of projects in the FindaThesis website, or by searching by my name on the facilty research project website.

Chinese PhD students

Generous funding is available from the China Scholarship Council to support a Chinese student studying for a PhD in Engineering at Auckland: www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/is-chinese-scholarship-council-scholarships

Scholarships for international postgraduates

The University of Auckland has a number of scholarships available for post-graduate study. To find out closing dates and what you might be eligible to apply for, visit the following: www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/home/for/current-students/cs-scholarships-and-awards/cs-search-for-scholarships-and-awards

Distinctions/Honours

Faculty of Engineering Top Teacher award 2016, 2013.

Responsibilities

Postgraduate advisor (Taught) for Mechanical Engineering

Areas of expertise

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Aerodynamics and fluid mechanics
  • Heat transfer
  • High performance computing

Committees/Professional groups/Services

 

Professional affiliations

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Nava, S., Cater, J. E., & Norris, S. E. (2017). Large eddy simulation of downwind sailing. INNOV’SAIL 2017: International Conference On Innovation In High Performance Sailing Yachts: 4th EDITION Lorient, France.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Cater
  • Nava, S., Cater, J. E., & Norris, S. E. (2017). Modelling Leading Edge Separation on a Flat Plate and Yacht Sails using LES. International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, 65, 299-308. 10.1016/j.ijheatfluidflow.2016.12.004
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Cater
  • Storey, R. C., Cater, J. E., & Norris, S. E. (2016). Large eddy simulation of turbine loading and performance in a wind farm. Renewable Energy, 95, 31-42. 10.1016/j.renene.2016.03.067
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28647
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Cater
  • Li, P., & Norris, S. E. (2016). Heat transfer correlations for CO2 flowing condensation in a tube at lowtemperatures. Applied Thermal Engineering, 93, 872-883. 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2015.09.072
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29573
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peihua Li
  • Richards, P. J., & Norris, S. E. (2015). Appropriate boundary conditions for a pressure driven boundary layer. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 142, 43-52. 10.1016/j.jweia.2015.03.003
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32167
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Richards
  • Storey, R. C., Norris, S. E., & Cater, J. E. (2015). An actuator sector method for efficient transient wind turbine simulation. Wind Energy, 18 (4), 699-711. 10.1002/we.1722
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Cater
  • Williamson, N., Armfield, S. W., Kirkpatrick, M. P., & Norris, S. E. (2015). Transition to stably stratified states in open channel flow with radiative surface heating. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 766, 528-555. 10.1017/jfm.2014.711
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25595
  • Hattori, T., Norris, S. E., Kirkpatrick, M., & Armfield, S. (2013). Prandtl number dependence and instability mechanism of the near-field flow in a planar thermal plume. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 732, 105-127. 10.1017/jfm.2013.392

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Contact details

Primary location

ENGINEERING BLOCK 1 - Bldg 401
Level 7, Room 703
20 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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