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    Dr Bidur Khanal joined Coventry University as a senior lecturer in aerospace engineering in 2018. Before joining Coventry, he was working at Cranfield University’s Centre for Defence Engineering as a lecturer in Complex Weapons.

    He graduated from Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University with a BEng (First Class) in Aeromechanical Systems Engineering in 2004. After BEng, He joined Aerodynamic and Flight Mechanics Group, University of Southampton for postgraduate study. His study at Southampton was sponsored by AirBus France, and he completed his MPhil on Computational Aeroacoustics degree in 2016.  He, then, returned to Aeromechanical Systems Group, Cranfield University for PhD research and was awarded a PhD in aerodynamics (2010) for research in the noise generation mechanism in transonic cavities with missiles.

    After PhD, He was appointed as a postdoc in turbomachinery research at Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford. He was based at Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre at Oxford; his work at Oxford was a joint project with CFD Methods at Rolls-Royce and involved in investigating the high pressure (HP) turbine aerothermal effects due to non-uniform temperature/velocity distributions in the hot gas from the combustion chamber. After spending over two and half years at Oxford, he joined ALSTOM Power UK Ltd (now GE Power) as an aerodynamic methods and tools engineer in Research and Development (R&D) department. At ALSTOM, his main responsibilities were in the development of computational tools for the aerodynamic design/optimisation of turbine blades.

    Dr Khanal’s main research interest & expertise are in the development/use of CFD methods for complex aerodynamic & aeroacoustic problems. He developed a compressible aeroacoustics solver during his PhD and applied it for a range of complex problems involving both the low speed and high speed flows. His first ever exposure to Industry was during his final year project in BEng degree, which was sponsored by CFD department of BAR Honda F1 team. During his PhD at Cranfield, He conducted CFD research on aircraft landing gear noise for 3 months at Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan after he won an international internship award under Japanese Government’s 21st Century Centre of Excellence (COE) Program, ‘International COE OF FLOW DYNAMICS’.

    Dr Khanal is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a member of Royal Aeronautical Society, UK. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. He is an active researcher in computational fluid dynamics, and has published numerous research articles in journals and conference proceedings. Some of his most recent research projects include CFD studies on large calibre gun muzzle brake flowfield, thrust reverser design, High-Pressure turbine blade design and transient missile release from a military aircraft.

    In Cpventry, Dr Khanal is responsible for teaching aerospace engineering courses e.g. Aerospace Technology, Avionics, Advanced Propulsion Design etc and expanding researches in computational fluid mechanics. His main research interests are in the area of high speed flow (transonic/supersonic cavity flows, aeroacoustics and investigation of turbomachinery flows), heat transfer and control systems.


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