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Professor Neil D Sandham BSc, MS, PhD, CEng, FRAeS, MAIAA

Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Head of Aeronautics, Astronautics and Computational Engineering Unit

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Professor Neil D Sandham is Professor of Aerospace Engineering within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

Current position

Neil Sandham has been Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southampton since January 1999 and is currently Head of the Aeronautics, Astronautics and Computational Engineering Unit (AACE). Previously he was at Stanford University (1985-89), DLR Göttingen (1989-91) and Queen Mary and Westfield College (1991-98).  His expertise is in direct numerical simulation of the governing equations of fluid motion for transitional and turbulent fluid flow, with applications to compressible flow mixing and modelling, transitional separation bubbles, complex turbulent flows including separation and reattachment, trailing edge and near wake flow, shock-turbulence interaction and aeroacoustics.  Recent work also includes multiphase flow simulation in the context of drag reduction and numerical simulation of flow over rough surfaces over a range of Mach numbers. 

Biography

Neil Sandham studied for a Bachelors degree at Leeds University in 1984 and a Masters degree at Stanford University in California in 1986, aided by a Fullbright Scholarship.   He completed a PhD at Stanford in 1989, with a thesis entitled 'A numerical investigation of the compressible mixing layer'.  From 1989 to 1991 he took up a position as Guest Scientist at the German Aerospace Research Laboratory (DLR) in Göttingen, working on problems of transition to turbulence.  In 1991 he returned to the UK, taking up a lecturing position at Queen Mary and Westfield College.  He was promoted to Reader in 1998 and in 1999 took up appointment as Professor of Aerospace Engineering in Southampton.  In 1999 he was co-organiser of the Royal Academy of Engineering research programme on turbulence at the Isaac Newton Institute in the University of Cambridge.  Since arriving at Southampton he has served as Head of Research Group, Course Co-ordinator for Aeronautics and Astronautics and Deputy Head of the School of Engineering Sciences, and has taught undergraduate modules in Aerodynamics, Aerothermodynamics, Aircraft Dynamics, Applied Aerodynamics and Wing Dynamics.  He has supervised over 10 PhD students to a successful completion and published over 70 papers with more than 1300 citations (ISI Web of Knowledge).  He has received funding from EPSRC (25 total, 5 active projects) and EU sources (6 total, 3 active projects) as well as contracts from industry and research establishments.  In the last 5 years he has given three invited plenary talks at international conferences.  He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

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Research interests

  • all areas of aerodynamics, including theoretical and computational fluid mechanics
  • direct numerical simulation (DNS) of transition and turbulence
  • transitional separation bubbles
  • aeroacoustics
  • shock-wave/boundary-layer interactions
  • receptivity mechanisms for transition to turbulence
  • modelling of aerofoil based on an unsteady viscous-inviscid interaction
  • drag reduction based on partial slip (superhydrophobic surface technology)
  • optimisation of computer codes for massively parallel GPU architectures
Transition to turbulence in a 3D separation bubble
Transition to turbulence
Pressure contours from a PSE calculation
Pressure contours
Showing the effect of wall temperature and Mach number on turbulent spots in high-speed boundary layers
Turbulent spots
Low-frequency unsteadiness of a shock-wave/boundary-layer interaction: side and plan views showing temperature (blue = hot fluid) and reverse flow (yellow)
Shock-wave boundary layer

Research group(s)

Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics

Research project(s)

Ab initio hydrodynamic rough surface characterisation with applications

Aerofoil separation bubbles

Engineering of surfaces for drag reduction in water with validation using computational and experimental methods

Jet noise mechanisms

Turbulent spots in high-speed boundary layers

Low-frequency unsteadiness of a shock-wave/boundary-layer interaction

SBLI computer code

Article(s)

Book(s)

Book Section(s)

  • DNS of fully turbulent jet flows in flight conditions including a canonical nozzle - Sandberg, Richard, Sandham, Neil and Suponitsky, Victoria. In Proceedings of 17th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference 2011
    Published:
    2011
    At event:
    17th CEAS/AIAA Aeroacoustics Conference
    Published by:
    Washington, US
    Volume:
    1
    Page Range:
    3533-3546
  • Parametric study of compressible turbulent spots - Redford, J.A., Sandham, N.D. and Roberts, G.T.. In Direct and Large-Eddy Simulation VII - Armenio, Vincenzo., Bernard, Guerts. and Frohlich, Jochen. (eds.)
    Published:
    2010
    Published by:
    Dordrecht, Netherlands
    Series:
    ERCOFTAC
    Volume:
    13, (8)
    Page Range:
    571-576
    doi:
    10.1007/978-90-481-3652-0
  • Roughness-induced transition of compressible laminar boundary layers - Redford, J.R, Sandham, N.D. and Roberts, G.T.. In Seventh IUTAM Symposium on Lamier-Turbulent Transition: Proceedings of the Seventh IUTAM Symposium on Laminar-Turbulent Transition, Stockholm, Sweden, 2009 - Schlatter, Philipp and Henningson, Dan S. (eds.)
    Published:
    2010
    Published by:
    Dordrecht, Netherlands
    Series:
    IUTAM Bookseries
    Volume:
    18
    Page Range:
    337-342
    doi:
    10.1007/978-90-481-3723-7
  • Local and global stability of airfoil flows at low Reynolds number - Jones, L.E., Sandberg, R.D. and Sandham, N.D.. In IUTAM Seventh IUTAM Symposium on Laminar-Turbulent Transition - Schlatter, Philipp and Henningson, Dan S. (eds.)
    Published:
    2009
    At event:
    7th IUTAM Symposiun on Laminar-Turbulent Transition
    Published by:
    London, UK
    Series:
    IUTAM Bookseries
  • The influence of wall temperature on shock-induced separation - Edelmann, C.A., Roberts, G.T., Krishnan, L, Sandham, N.D. and Yao, Y. In Shock Waves: 26th International Symposium on Shock Waves, Gottingen, Germany, July 15-20th 2007 - Hannemann, K. and Seiler, F. (eds.)
    Published:
    2009
    At event:
    26th International Symposium on Shock Waves
    Published by:
    Germany
    Series:
    ISSW26
    Volume:
    2
    Page Range:
    1303-1308
  • Noise due to unsteady flow past trailing edges - Sandberg, R.D. and Sandham, N.D.. In Proceedings of ECCOMAS CFD 2006, European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics - Wesseling, P, Oñate, E and Périaux, J (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    At event:
    European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics, ECCOMAS CFD 2006
  • Turbulent spots in a compressible boundary layer flow - Krishnan, L. and Sandham, N.D.. In IUTAM Symposium on Laminar-Turbulent Transition - Govindarajan, Rama (ed.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    The Netherlands
    Series:
    Fluid Mechanics and Its Applications
    Volume:
    78
    Page Range:
    329-334
    doi:
    10.1007/1-4020-4159-4_46
  • A zonal characteristic boundary condition for simulations of aerodynamic sound - Sandberg, R.D., Jones, L.E. and Sandham, N.D.. In Proceedings of ECCOMAS CFD 2006, European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics - Wesseling, P., Oñate, E. and Périaux, J. (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    At event:
    European Confernce on Computational Fluid Dynamics, ECCOMAS CFD 2006
  • Direct numerical simulation of the flow around an airfoil with unsteady wake - Jones, Lloyd E., Sandberg, Richard D. and Sandham, Neil D.. In Proceedings of European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics (ECCOMAS CFD 2006) - Wesseling, P., Onate, E. and Periaux, J. (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    At event:
    European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics (ECCOMAS CFD 2006)
    Published by:
    Delft, NL
    Page Range:
    1-18
  • Investigation of supersonic/hypersonic shock-wave/boundary-layer interactions (SBLIs) - Bura, R.O., Roberts, G.T., Yao, Y.F. and Sandham, N.D.. In Shock Waves: Proceedings of the 24th International Symposium on Shock Waves, Beijing, China, July 11-16, 2004 - Jiang, Z. (ed.)
    Published:
    2005
    At event:
    24th International Symposium on Shock Waves
    Published by:
    Germany
    Volume:
    2
    Page Range:
    695-700
  • Some recent results from aerodynamics-based DNS - Coleman, G.N., Hu, Z., Krishnan, L., Li, Q., Sandham, N.D. and Yorke, C.P.. In European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering: ECCOMAS 2004 - Neittaanmaki, P., Rossi, T., Korotov, S., Onate, E., Periaux, J. and Knorzer, D. (eds.)
    Published:
    2004
    Published by:
    Jyväskylä, Finland
    Page Range:
    1-6
  • Investigation of hypersonic shock-wave/boundary layer interactions - Bura, R.O., Yao, Y.F., Sandham, N.D. and Roberts, G.T.. In Shock Waves: Proceedings of the 24th International Symposium on Shock Waves - Jiang, Zonglin and Han, Z-Y. (eds.)
    Published:
    2004
    At event:
    24th International Symposium on Shock Waves
    Published by:
    China
  • Turbulence simulation for aeroacoustics applications - Sandham, N.D., Morfey, C.L. and Hu, Z.W.. In Advances in Turbulence X: Proceedings of the 10th Euromech European Turbulance Conference - Andersson, H.I. and Krogstad, P.A. (eds.)
    Published:
    2004
    At event:
    10th Euromech European Turbulance Conference
    Published by:
    Barcelona, Spain
    Page Range:
    97-104
  • Direct simulation of transitional shock boundary-layer interactions at Mach 2 - Yao, Y.F. and Sandham, N.D.. In Computational Fluid Dynamics 2002: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics - Armfield, S., Morgan, P. and Srinivas, K. (eds.)
    Published:
    2003
    At event:
    Second International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics (ICCFD)
    Published by:
    Guildford, UK
    Page Range:
    629-634
  • Introduction to direct numerical simulation - Sandham, N.D.. In Closure Strategies for Turbulent and Transitional Flows - Launder, B.E. and Sandham, N.D. (eds.)
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    Cambridge, UK
    Page Range:
    248-266
    doi:
    10.2277/0521792088
  • DNS of high-speed compressible channel flows - Li, Q., Sandham, N.D. and Coleman, G.N.. In Advances in Turbulence IX: Proceedings of the Ninth European Turbulence Conference - Castro, I.P., Hancock, P.E. and Thomas, T.G (eds.)
    Published:
    2002
    At event:
    Ninth European Turbulence Conference (ETC9)
    Published by:
    Barcelona, Spain
    Page Range:
    359-362
  • Compressible, high speed flow - Barre, S., Bonnet, J.P., Gatski, T.B. and Sandham, N.D.. In Closure Strategies for Turbulent and Transitional Flows - Launder, B.E. and Sandham, N.D. (eds.)
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    Cambridge, UK
    Page Range:
    522-581
  • Direct numerical simulations of separation bubbles, Chapter 24 - Coleman, G.N. and Sandham, N.D.. In Closure Strategies for Turbulent and Transitional Flows - Launder, B.E. and Sandham, N.D. (eds.)
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    Cambridge, UK
    Page Range:
    702-719
  • DNS of turbulent flow over a bump with shock/boundary-layer interactions - Yao, Y.F. and Sandham, N.D.. In Engineering Turbulence Modelling and Experiments - Rodi, W. and Fueyo, N. (eds.)
    Published:
    2002
    At event:
    5th International Symposium on Engineering Turbulence Modelling and Measurements
    Volume:
    5
    Page Range:
    677-686
  • Progress in the development of a class of efficient low dissipative high order shock-capturing methods - Yee, H.C., Sjogreen, B, Sandham, N.D. and Hadjadj, A. In Computational Fluid Dynamics for the 21st Century: Proceedings of a Symposium Honoring Prof. Satofuka on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday, Kyoto, Japan, 15-17 July, 2000 - Hafez, Mohamed, Morinishi, Koji and Périaux, Jaques (eds.)
    Published:
    2001
    At event:
    Symposium Honouring Professor Satofuka on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday
    Published by:
    Germany
    Series:
    Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics
    Volume:
    78
    Page Range:
    77-102
  • A review of progress on direct and large-eddy simulation - Sandham, N.D.. In Modern simulation strategies for turbulent flow - Geurts, Bernard J. (ed.)
    Published:
    2001
    Page Range:
    1-20
  • Entropy splitting for high order numerical simulation of compressible turbulence - Sandham, N.D. and Yee, H.C.. In Computational Fluid Dynamics 2000: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics, ICCFD, Kyoto, Japan, 10-14 July 2000 - Satofuka, Nobuyuki (ed.)
    Published:
    2001
    At event:
    First International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics, ICCFD
    Published by:
    Germany
    Page Range:
    361-366
  • Aeroacoustics of wall-bounded turbulent flows - Hu, Z.W., Morfey, C.N.D. and Sandham, N.D.. In 7th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference and Exhibit. Collection of technical papers
    Published:
    2001
    At event:
    7th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference and Exhibit
    Published by:
    USA
    Volume:
    1
    Page Range:
    1-11
  • DNS of transition near the leading edge of an aerofoil - Alam, M. and Sandham, N.D.. In Direct and Large-Eddy Simulation IV - Geurts, Bernard J., Friedrich, Rainer and Métais, Olivier (eds.)
    Published:
    2001
    Published by:
    Dordrecht, NL
    Series:
    ERCOFTAC Series, 8
    Page Range:
    285-292
    doi:
    10.1007/978-94-017-1263-7_35
  • Direct simulation of transonic flow over a bump - Lawal, A.A. and Sandham, N.D.. In Direct and large-eddy simulation IV - Geurts, B.J., Friedrich, Rainer and Métais, Olivier (eds.)
    Published:
    2001
    Series:
    ERCOFTAC Series
    Page Range:
    301-310
  • Parallel DNS using a compressible turbulent channel flow benchmark - Ashworth, Mike, Emerson, David R., Sandham, Neil D., Yao, Yufeng and Li, Qinling. In Proceedings of European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering
    Published:
    2001
    At event:
    European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering (ECCOMAS 2001)
    Published by:
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Direct simulation of turbulence using massively parallel computers - Sandham, N.D. and Howard, R.J.A.. In Parallel Computational Fluid Dynamics '97 - Emerson, D.R., Ecer, A., Periaux, J., Satofuka, N. and Fox, P. (eds.)
    Published:
    1998
    At event:
    Computational Fluid Dynamics '97
    Published by:
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Page Range:
    23-32
  • Numerical study of separation bubbles with turbulent reattachment followed by a boundary layer relaxation - Alam, M and Sandham, N.D.. In Parallel Computational Fluid Dynamics. Recent Developments and Advances Using Parallel Computers - Emerson, D.R., Ecer, A., Periaux, J., Satofuka, N. and Fox, P. (eds.)
    Published:
    1998
    At event:
    Computational Fluid Dynamics '97
    Published by:
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Page Range:
    571-578
  • Bursts and subgrid-scale energy transfer in turbulent wall-bounded flow - Westbury, P.S., Sandham, N.D. and Morrison, J.F.. In Advances in Turbulence - Frisch, Uriel (ed.)
    Published:
    1998
    At event:
    7th European Turbulence Conference
    Published by:
    USA
    Series:
    Fluid Mechanics and Its Applications
    Volume:
    VII
    Page Range:
    23-26
  • Instability considerations for velocity streaks in near-wall turbulence - Sandham, N.D.. In Advances in Turbulence VI
    Published:
    1997
    At event:
    Sixth European Turbulence Conference
    Published by:
    Dordrecht, The Netherlands
    Page Range:
    47-50
  • On the formation of small scales in a compressible mixing layer - Luo, K.H. and Sandham, N.D.. In Direct and Large-Eddy Simulation I - Voke, Peter R., Kleiser, Leonhard and Chollet, Jean-Pierre (eds.)
    Published:
    1994
    At event:
    First ERCOFTAC Workshop on Direct and Large-Eddy Simulation
    Published by:
    Dordrecht, The Netherlands
    Series:
    ERCOFTAC
    Page Range:
    335-346

Conference(s)

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Thes(i/e)s

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Module titleModule codeDisciplineRole
Applied Aerodynamics SESA3003 Aerospace Engineering Course leader
Aerothermodynamics SESA2004 Aerospace Engineering Course co-ordinator
Professor Neil D Sandham
Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

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Email: n.sandham@soton.ac.uk

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