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Personal Statement

I joined the University in 2011 as a PhD student in the James Weir Fluids Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. J. Reese. In 2014, after defending my PhD thesis on Nano and Micro-Scale Fluid Dynamics, I got a new role in the University as a Research Associate. In this role I was the Fluid Dynamics Expert of the Weir Advanced Research Centre working on a range of projects involving centrifugal pumps and safety relief valves. Since 2015 I am a Lecturer in Multi-Physics Fluid Mechanics at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Currently I teach compressible fluid mechanics (Heat and Flow 3 – ME301/303) and Advanced Topics in Fluid Systems Engineering (ME514) where I try to make complex fluid physics accessible to students. More importantly I try to link the fundamental mathematics and physics with modern applications as well as with the latest simulation approaches that take advantage of computers through specialised software.

The above link well with my research which involves Multi-physics modelling of advanced fluid mechanics applications using a range of programming languages (Fortran 90/95, C/C++, Python, Perl, Matlab) as well as commercial CFD tools such as OpenFOAM, Fluent and Star- CCM+. Currently my research focuses on the accuracy of high-order methods in supersonic and hypersonic transitional and turbulent boundary layers, including problems featuring shock wave/boundary layer interaction (SWBLI) and separation, with an overall scope to improve understanding of acoustic loading on aerospace structures. Part of this research was sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Material Command of the United States Air Force.

Research Interests

  • Multi-physics modelling of advanced fluid mechanics applications.

  • Supersonic and hypersonic transitional and turbulent flows.

  • Acoustic loading on aerospace structures.

  • High-order methods, iLES and DNS.

  • Modelling of fluid flows inside and around micro and nano structures.

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Projects 2011 2014

Research Output 2010 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

Acoustic loading beneath hypersonic transitional and turbulent boundary layers

Ritos, K., Drikakis, D. & Kokkinakis, I. W., 17 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Sound and Vibration. 441, p. 50-62 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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hypersonic boundary layer
turbulent boundary layer
Hypersonic aerodynamics
Boundary layers
Turbulence
1 Citation (Scopus)

Wall-pressure spectra models for supersonic and hypersonic turbulent boundary layers

Ritos, K., Drikakis, D. & Kokkinakis, I. W., 17 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Sound and Vibration. 443, p. 90-108 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

hypersonic boundary layer
wall pressure
turbulent boundary layer
Hypersonic aerodynamics
Boundary layers

Prizes

EPSRC CDT in Medical Devices and Healthcare Technologies EngD Studentship

Asimina Kazakidi (Recipient) & Konstantinos Ritos (Recipient), 15 May 2019

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively