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Dr Zainab Saleh

Senior Lecturer

About

I joined the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Kingston University in Nov 2016 and currently perform as a senior lecturer in aerospace engineering. I accomplished my PhD in aerospace engineering at Queen Mary University of London in 2014, which was an experimental and computational investigation on tip leakage flows over the blades of high pressure gas turbines at transonic conditions. I worked in the School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London for more than a year before I joined Kingston University in Nov 2016. I got my Fellowship in Higher Education and PGCert Academic Practice in 2016.

My research area includes turbo-machineries' aerodynamics in gas turbine engines, compressible flows, optical flow visualisation and boundary layer ingestion in hybrid propulsion. I have a lot of experience conducting experimental testing in high speed wind tunnels at transonic conditions and running computational fluid dynamic simulations at both high speed and low speed flow conditions using ANSYS commercial software. I am currently participating in the aerospace research group in Kingston University and I am very keen in performing research activities including conducting individual and collaborative research, publishing high quality journal papers, accomplishing research grants and participating in national and international conferences. 

Conference Papers:

 Saleh, Z. , Avital E. J.,  Korakianitis T. (2017).  'The In-service Burnout Effect on the Transonic Leakage Flows over High Pressure Turbine Blade Tip'. International Society for Air Breathing Engines. Manchester, UK.

Saleh, Z. , Avital E. J.,  Korakianitis T. (2013).  'An Investigation into Turbine Blade Tip Leakage Flows at High Speeds.' Waset Word Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology. Zurich, Switzerland.

Journal Paper:

Saleh Z, Avital E and Korakianitis T (2013). An Investigation into Turbine Blade Tip Leakage Flows at High Speeds. Waset  World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Journal of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.  7 (1) pp. 12-17. 

Wheeler, APS and Saleh, Z (2013).  Effect of Cooling Injection on Transonic Tip Flows. JOURNAL OF PROPULSION AND POWER, 29. pp. 1374-1381.

Areas of specialism

  • Turbomachinery
  • Aerodynamics
  • compressible flows
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • optical high speed flow visualization

Qualifications

  • PhD in Aerospace Engineering
  • MEng in Aerospace Engineering
  • PGCert in Academic Practice
  • FHEA (Fellow Higher Education Academy)

Professional membership

Member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Research

My research area includes aero propulsion such as intake fan and high pressure turbines and other turbo-machineries in gas turbine engines, compressible flows, aerodynamics, flow visualisation at high speed and low speed. I have a lot of experience conducting experimental testing in high speed wind tunnels at transonic conditions and low speed wind tunnels. I also have experience in running computational fluid dynamic simulations at both high speed and low speed flow conditions.

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