Miss Ifrah Mussa

Research project: Prediction and Prevention of Ice Accretion on Wind Turbine Blades in Cold Climate


Wind energy is one the leading forms of renewable energy sources in the UK. It has been playing a major role in energy transition and promoting clean energy growth. Some of the prime locations for on-shore wind power are found to be in cold climate areas. These areas have the potential to generate 10% more power than other sites. However, cold climates result in ice build-up on wind turbine blades which degrades its aerodynamic performance, damages the wind turbines blades due to mass imbalance and reduces the annual energy production. My research focuses on this core problem of ice formation. Therefore, the aim of the current project is to use numerical methods to predict ice accretion on wind turbine blade and offer an effective ice protection system.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Prediction and Prevention of Ice Accretion on Wind Turbine Blades in Cold Climate
  • Research supervisor: Professor Jian Wang
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Yujing Lin


I joined Kingston University in 2013 to study Masters in Aerospace Engineering (MEng). Throughout my degree, I was involved in a range of research projects including: Development of an aircraft fuel burn model for London Luton Airport; Delaying boundary layer transition using forward facing step; and Grid generation and aerodynamic analysis of 2D wind turbine aerofoil. I enjoyed working on different projects within my field as it allowed me to learn something new and doing a PhD was even better because it allowed me to extend my knowledge from aeronautical to wind energy.

Alongside my PhD, I have also been working as a graduate teaching assistant to support aerodynamics and propulsion lectures at the university. I have now been certified as an Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

Areas of research interest

  • Aerodynamics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Drag Reduction
  • Renewable Energy
  • Anti-Icing


  • MEng (Hons) in Aerospace Engineering, Kingston University London

Funding or awards received

  • UK-China Joint Research and Innovation Partnership Fund for six months PhD placement in China
  • Full scholarship for the duration of the PhD programme by Doctoral Training Alliance