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Professor Bill Dawes

Bill Dawes is the Francis Mond Professor of Aeronautical Engineering and Director of the Whittle Laboratory at Cambridge University.  After completing a PhD at Cambridge, he worked for the Central Electricity Generating Board where he developed and applied early computer-based flow simulation methods to steam turbine operational problems. Returning to Cambridge in 1984 as a Lecturer, he then worked on a range of numerical methods – by now called Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) - aimed at predicting fully 3D viscous flow in turbomachines.  His structured blade-to-blade Navier-Stokes code (BT0B3d) became an industry standard design tool and was licenced to over 50 companies & organisations around the world. He then developed a state-of-the-art, solution-adaptive, unstructured version of this (NEWT) and broadened the application base beyond blading to shroud flows, secondary air systems and blade cooling. Bill’s research then expanded into CFD process integration and automatic design optimisation – especially using coupled sets of modelling hierarchies.  Research draws inspiration from advanced computer graphics and physics-based animation and attempts to enable seamless and tactile integration between solid modelling, mesh generation, geometry editing and flow simulation.  The resulting software & environment, BOXER, and the BOXER vision of an integrated End-to-End Parallel Simulation System, are being further developed in Cambridge Flow Solutions Ltd. Bill is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Royal Aeronautical Society and is a Chartered Engineer.

Prof Bill Dawes