Chris studied as an undergraduate at University of Cambridge, undertaking a Masters thesis on turbine secondary flows. A PhD followed on utilizing splitter vanes in axial turbines to mitigate secondary flows in low aspect ratio vanes.
Chris is currently a research fellow in turbine aerodynamics, working with Rolls-Royce on their future civil propulsion. He is also a Bye-Fellow of Queens' College.
Chris currently focuses on improving the aerodynamic performance of turbines. Targeting the losses associated with secondary flows as well as film cooling, he combines experimental testing campaigns with state of the art simulations.
From his experimental experience he has undertaken work into pneumatic probe design. Working on pneumatic probe designs, and calibrations, that avoid errors associated with non-uniform flow fields.
Chris is also interested in how data based techniques can be applied to the aerospace industry. In particular effective methods to use data in the design process are currently lacking. With the increase in compute power making large datasets of simulations more frequent these methods look set to play a significant part in the future of aerodynamic design.
Publications & updates
An unsteady pressure probe for the measurement of flow unsteadiness in tidal channels
Young, A., Clark, C., Atkins, N., and Germain, G.
IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering
A Pneumatic Probe for Measuring Spatial Derivatives of Stagnation Pressure
C.J. Clark, S.D. Grimshaw
Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo 2019