Researcher

Professor Andrew James Neely

My Expertise

Hypersonic aerothermodynamics, Thermal-structural modelling, Fluid-structure interaction, Free flight testing in hypersonic wind tunnels, Gas Turbines and Propulsion, High Temperature structures & materials, Bio-mechanics.

Fields of Research (FoR)

Hypersonic Propulsion and Hypersonic Aerodynamics, Aerospace Engineering, Computational Heat Transfer, Aerodynamics, Biomechanics

Biography

Andrew Neely is the Associate Dean (Research Engagement) at UNSW Canberra where he is also a Professor in the School of Engineering and Information Technology.

PhD Topics NOW AVAILABLE on funded projects

(1) Hypersonic vehicle manoeuvring using control thrusters (NOTE: AUS/NZ citizens only)

(2) Fluid-Thermal-Structural Interactions on supersonic and hypersonic vehicles

Ph.D. scholarships ($35,000 per year) are available for high-achieving...view more

Andrew Neely is the Associate Dean (Research Engagement) at UNSW Canberra where he is also a Professor in the School of Engineering and Information Technology.

PhD Topics NOW AVAILABLE on funded projects

(1) Hypersonic vehicle manoeuvring using control thrusters (NOTE: AUS/NZ citizens only)

(2) Fluid-Thermal-Structural Interactions on supersonic and hypersonic vehicles

Ph.D. scholarships ($35,000 per year) are available for high-achieving students (with H1/High Distinction in UG and/or Masters by Research) in engineering, mathematics or relevant sciences under my supervision. If you are interested contact me at a.neely@adfa.edu.au

Professor Neely leads a research group investigating the fluid-thermal-structural behaviour of high-speed vehicles and propulsion systems. He collaborates on the DST/USAF HIFiRE and ESA’s HEXAFLY-INT hypersonic flight-test programs having previously worked on the HyCAUSE and SCRAMSPACE projects. He also collaborates on investigations of the biomechanical behaviour of nerve tissue.

We host the international Database of High-Speed Fluid Structure Interaction Unit Cases

www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/high-speed-fsi-database-unit-cases

Prof Neely is 

  • Director, Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN)
  • Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
  • President, Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division  (2017-2019)
  • Australian Division Council, Royal Aeronautical Society (2015-2025)
  • Vice President, International Society for Air Breathing Engines (ISABE) (2017-2019)
  • Chair of the 25th ISABE Conference, Canberra, 2019
  • Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • National Director for the RAeS Cool Aeronautics Australia STEM outreach program
  • Member of the AIAA Hypersonic Technologies and Aerospace Planes Technical Committee
  • Member of the International Advisory Board and the International Executive Board of ESA’s HEXAFLY-INT hypersonic flight-test program
  • AIAA Sydney Section, STEM K-12 Outreach Officer
  • Member of the AIAA Hypersonic Airbreathing Propulsion Technical Committee (2010-2014)
  • Member of the Combined Propulsion Technical Activity Committee, RAeS/IMechE (2010-2018)
  • Member of the Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation Committee, IGTI, ASME (1996-2009)
  • Member of the Air Safety Group, UK (2001-02)

The Future of High Speed Vehicles: UNSW Defence Research Institute podcast

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0qYdDaY4Oy2eWu4kmZJ8AU?si=e1MZ4MOBSaqcJTbndgYVTw&dl_branch=1&nd=1

Finite element modeling of optic chiasmal compressionJournal of Neuro-Ophthalmology podcast 

https://journals.lww.com/jneuro-ophthalmology/Pages/podcastepisodes.aspx?podcastid=1

HEXAFLY-INT (High-Speed Experimental Fly Vehicles - International), European Space Agency

http://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support/Space_Engineering_Technology/High-Speed_Experimental_Fly_Vehicles_-_INTernational


My Grants

SELECTED RECENT RESEARCH FUNDING

2021

Neely / Experimental Hypersonic Wind Tunnel Testing / DST Collaborative Project Agreement. (1 year)

Neely, Capra, Kleine, Buttsworth, McNamara, Dowell  / Fluid-Thermal-Structural Interactions on High-Speed Aerospace Vehicles / ARC-DP210100561(3 years)

Faraone, Mitchell, Aharonovich, O'Byrne, Tan, Wang, Umana-Membreno, Pudsey, Neely, Lambert, Jagadish, McClelland, Moore / National Facility for Infrared Technologies / ARC-LE210100125. (1 year)

Neely, Tyo, Hazell, Capra, O’Byrne, Escobedo-Diaz, Kleine, Currao, Liow / High-Speed IR Thermographic Camera / UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme (RIS). (1 year) 

Neely, Jeyaratnam, Capra, Talluru, Gai / Fluid-thermal-structural interactions for high-speed flight and propulsion / NCI NCMAS (supercomputer time). (1 year) 

 

2020

Neely, O’Byrne, Capra / Hypersonic Aerosciences and Advanced Diagnostics (Phase 1) / DST Collaborative Project Agreement. (2 years) 

O’Byrne, Neely, Gai, Kleine, Capra, Currao, McQuellin / Measuring the influence of wall-temperature ratio distribution on transition using optical diagnostics / US Air Force Academy High-speed Vehicles Simulation Institute FA7000-20-2-0002, (3 years) 

Neely, Currao, Capra / Fluid-thermal-structural interactions for high-speed flight and propulsion / NCI NCMAS + Intersect, (supercomputer time). (1 year) 

 

2019

Neely, Buttsworth, Young, Jahn, Currao, Zander / Unit Cases to Investigate Hypersonic Fluid-Structure Interactions / USAF AFOSR FA2386-19-1-4027. (3 years)

Gai, Neely, O'Byrne, Kleine, Capra / Wall Temperature and Bluntness Effects in High Enthalpy Hypervelocity Separated Flows / USAF AFOSR FA2386-19-1-4023. (3 years) 

Neely, Currao / Fluid-thermal-structural interactions for high-speed flight and propulsion / NCI NCMAS, (supercomputer time). (1 year)

Neely, Young, Kleine, Capra, Gai, Tian, Hoke, Lai / Digital Image Correlation Software Suite / UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme (RSI). (1 year) 

Neely, Currao, McQuellin / Method to investigate transient flight dynamics for high-speed air breathing vehicles undergoing inlet unstart / UNSW Canberra Defence-Related Research (DRR) scheme(1 year)

 

2018

Neely, Buttsworth, Young, Jahn, Candler, McNamara / Fluid-Structural Interactions in High-Speed Flows / ARC-DP180103480. (3 years)

Neely / UNSW Canberra Workshop on Fluid-Structure Interaction / USAF AFOSR FA9550-18-1-0206. (1 year)

Neely / Application of Multifunctional Composite Materials to Hypersonic Ground Testing / UNSW Canberra Defence-Related Research (DRR) scheme(1 year)

 

2017

Neely, McGilvray, de Baar, Doherty / Experimental Measurement of Fluidic Thrust Vectoring on Internal and External Expansion Hypersonic Nozzles / USAF EOARD FA9550-17-1-0401. (1 year)

Neely / Gas Turbine Engine Component Distortion / DST Group research contract. (1 year)

Neely, Buttsworth, O’Byrne, Choudhury, Tahtali, Mudford / Free-flight Separation Dynamics of HIFiRE 8 and generic geometries / DST Group research contract. (1 year)

Boyce, Frankcombe, Neely, Gai, Brown / Physics of the interactions between high-speed craft and their environment / NCI National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) (supercomputer time). (1 year)

Neely, Young / Fluid-thermal-structural interactions for high-speed flight and propulsion / NCI NCMAS + Intersect, (supercomputer time). (1 year)

Neely, Young / Experimental measurement of fluidic thrust vectoring on a hypersonic nozzle / UNSW Canberra Defence-Related Research (DRR) scheme(1 year)

 

2016

Neely, Buttsworth, Jahn, Manzie, Ur Rahman / Characterisation and control of a flap undergoing hypersonic fluid-structure interaction / USAF AFOSR FA2386-16-1-4024. (2 years)

Gai, Neely, Kleine, Buttsworth / Effects of Wall Temperature in High Enthalpy Rarefied Hypersonic Separated Flow / USAF Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development, FA2386-16-1-4014. (2 years)

Neely, Buttsworth, O’Byrne, Choudhury, Tahtali, Mudford / Validation of DST Group’s HIFiRE-4 Glider Aerodynamic Database via Hypersonic Free-Flight / DST Group research contract. (1 year)

Kleine, Morgan, Buttsworth, Hazell, Neely, McIntyre, Mee, Gai, Smart / Optical diagnostics for the investigation of high-speed energetic processes / ARC-LE160100194. (1 year)

Neely, Kleine, Tuttle, Young, Gai, Doolan, Moreau / High-Intensity Narrow-band PSP Lighting / UNSW Major Research Equipment and Infrastructure Initiative (MREII). (1 year)

Boyce, Frankcombe, Neely, Gai, Brown / Physics of the interactions between high-speed craft and their environment / NCI National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) (supercomputer time) (1 year)

Neely, Young / Fluid-thermal-structural interactions for high-speed flight and propulsion / NCI NCMAS + Intersect, (supercomputer time). (1 year)

Neely, Tuttle / Prescribing non-uniform wall temperatures on hypersonic wind tunnel models / UNSW Canberra Defence-Related Research (DRR) scheme(1 year)

 

2015

Neely, Young / Fluid-thermal-structural interactions for high-speed flight and propulsion / NCI NCMAS, (supercomputer time). (1 year)

 

2014

Steelant, Hannemann, Serre, Verstraete, Neely, et al. / High Speed Experimental Fly Vehicles - International / EU FP7, ACP3-GA-2014-620327.  (5 years)

Gai, O’Byrne, Neely, Kleine, Moss, Park, Boyd, Levin, Schwartzentruber, Wu, Chen / Rarefied hypervelocity separated flow in the transitional to continuum regimes / ARC-DP140100842. (3 years)

O’Byrne, Gai, Neely, Kleine / Emission Measurements in Hypersonic Bluff-body Flows / USAF Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development scheme. (2 years)

Neely, Tuttle / Real-time mapping of in-flight heating on high-speed vehicles / UNSW Canberra Defence-Related Research (DRR) scheme(1 year) 

Neely, Young / Fluid-thermal-structural interactions for high-speed flight and propulsion / NCI NCMAS, (supercomputer time).


My Awards

  • AIAA 2021 Sustained Service Award ("For the sustained and trusted management of activities advancing AIAA values and interests at the section, regional, and international levels")
  • 2019 Fluid Dynamics Best Paper Award (Currao, McQuellin, Neely, Zander, Buttsworth, McNamara, Jahn, Oscillating Shock Impingement on a Flat Plate at Mach 6) from the 2019 AIAA Aviation Forum and Exposition
  • The Harry Staubs STEM K-12 Outreach Award (1st Place, AIAA Small section category) 2016-2017
  • The Harry Staubs STEM K-12 Outreach Award (1st Place, AIAA Small section category) 2014-2015
  • 2011 Hypersonics Technology Best Paper Award (Neely, Choudhury, Paukner, Odam, Measurement of Aerothermal Heating on HIFiRE-0) from the 17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference
  • Spitfire Memorial Defence Fellowship, 2008
  • AIAA Special Service Citation, 2008
  • Rector’s Commendation for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, UNSW Canberra, 2007
  • 1997 Edwin Walker Prize for Best Paper (Neely, Ireland, Harper, Extended surface convective cooling studies of engine components using the transient liquid crystal technique), Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Commonwealth Advisory Aeronautical Research Council Bursary 1997, Royal Aeronautical Society 
  • Australian Postgraduate Research Award, 1992-1994

My Research Supervision


Currently supervising

 

CURRENT RESEARCH STUDENTS

Student Degree Year Topic Previous Degrees
Luke Rooney (CEA) MRes (PT) 2021 Hypersonic Vehicle Maneuvering Envelope BE, BSc (Sydney)
Michelle Norton (Thales) PhD (PT) 2020 Fluid Structure Interactions of Gate Valves BE (UNSW)
Jacob Flanagan PhD 2020 Shape change on high-speed vehicles BE (Sydney)
Kaisar Al Shami  PhD 2020 Gas Turbine Thermal Rotor Bow BS-Mech (Balamand)
Zach Tuten PhD 2020 Fluid-Thermal-Structural Interactions in High-Speed Flows MEng (Stanford)
Pratap Pewar PhD 2020 Biomechanics of Nerve Tissue MEng (UNSW)
Paulo Vasconcelos PhD 2019 Structural Scaling for Hypersonic Wind Tunnel Testing BE (Arizona State)
Jeremy Moran MRes 2019 Hot Wall Experiments in Hypersonic Flow BE (QUT)
Josh Booth (Royal Melb) PhD (ANU-PT) 2019 Biomechanics of Pelvic Reconstruction MD (Melb)
Diego Exposito PhD 2019 Shock-Induced Separation in Hypersonic Flow MEng (Cranfield)
Mithun Kahawala (DSTG) MRes (PT) 2018 Pitch-Induced Inlet Unstart on a Hypersonic Vehicle BE, BSc (Melb)

 

GRADUATED RESEARCH STUDENTS

Student Degree Year   Thesis Title   Current Position
Dr Sudip Bhattrai PhD 2021   Hypersonic Fluid-Structure Interaction in the Presence of Axial Pressure Gradients   Assistant Professor, IOE Nepal
MAJ Roger Dudziak MRes 2020   Design and Development of a Passive Thermal Control System for Nano-Satellites   Engineering Manager, Skykraft
Dr Courtney Bright PhD 2019   Fluidic thrust vectoring for spacecraft maneouvring   Flight Operations Lead, UNSW Canberra Space
Dr Kyll Schomberg PhD 2019   Design of Rocket Nozzle Contours Using Conjugate Circular Arcs   Systems Engineer, Shoal Group
Dr Iroizan Ubulom PhD 2019   Gas Turbine Blade Life Prediction Using Fluid-Thermal-Structural Interaction Modelling   Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cranfield
Dr Chris Kennell PhD 2018   Study of Hypersonic Aerodynamics Using Free Flight Experiments   Principal Engineer, Oxford Flow Ltd
Dr Hilbert van Pelt PhD 2018   Shock Vector Control applied to a Converging-Diverging Nozzle and a Hypersonic Vehicle   R&D Engineer, Windlab
Dr Arnab Dasgupta PhD 2018   A Study of Coupling Fidelity and the Aerodynamic Trajectory Parameters that Drive Static Aeroelasticity in Hypersonic Flow   Lockheed Martin Australia
Dr Gaetano Currao PhD 2018   Experimental Study of Hypersonic Fluid Structure Interaction with Shock Impingement on a Cantilevered Plate   Assistant Professor, National Cheng-Kung University,Taiwan
Dr Amna Khraibut PhD 2018   Laminar Hypersonic Leading Edge Separation   Postdoctoral Research Associate, VKI
Dr Zafer Leylek PhD 2018   Global Surrogate Modelling of Gas Turbine Aerodynamic Performance   Research Scientist DST Group
Mr Jai Vennik MRes 2018   Hot-Wall Experimental Technique for Prescribing Non-Uniform Temperatures on Hypersonic Impulsive Wind Tunnel Models   Systems Engineer, UNSW Canberra Space
Dr Heath Pratt PhD 2017   Effect of Simulator Model Interactivity on Cognitive Development   CEO Enginox
Dr Evan Smith PhD 2017   A Parametric Study of Compressor RotorThermal Bow in Aerospace Gas Turbines   Senior Engineer, No. 36 Squadron - Royal Australian Air Force
Dr Tom Lillicrap PhD (ANU) 2017   Investigating Changes in Regional Brain Temperature in Patients Suffering Ischaemic Stroke   Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Newcastle
Dr Priyanka Dhopade PhD 2014   Aeromechanical modelling of rotating fan blades to investigate high-cycle and low-cycle fatigue interaction   Lecturer, University of Auckland
Dr Xiaofei Wang PhD 2014   Biomechanics of the Human Optic Chiasmal Compression   Professor, Beihang University
Dr Rishabh Choudhury PhD 2014   Global Surface Temperature Measurement for Hypersonic Flight Vehicles   Research Scientist, DST Group
Dr Guofeng Zhu PhD 2013   Computational and Experimental Study of Particle Separation in a Mini Hydrocyclone   Consultancy Expert, Peraglobal, Beijing
Dr Zhipeng Gu PhD 2013   Experimental and Theoretical Study of Droplet Formation at a T-junction with Xanthan Gum Solutions   Industrial R&D, China
Dr Deepak Ramanath PhD 2011   Computational Studies of Hypersonic High Enthalpy Separated Flows   System Administrator, Penten
Dr Adnan Ahmed PhD 2010   Mechanical behaviour of nanometric-scale and micrometric-scale SiC particulate reinforced A1 7075 matrix composites   IP Australia
Dr Gisu Park PhD 2010   Hypervelocity aerothermodynamics of blunt bodies including real gas effects   Associate Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Dr Jeong Ho Choi PhD 2010   Fabrication, characterisation and modelling of corrugated wire mesh laminates   Postdoctoral Fellow, Korea Institute of Materials Science
Dr Graham Doig PhD 2009   Compressible ground effect aerodynamics   Aerodynamics Lead, Canoo
Dr Karthik Ram Ramakrishnan MRes 2009   Low velocity impact behaviour of unreinforced bi-layer plastic laminates   Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford
Mr Peter Young MRes 2008   Fracture analysis of glass microsphere filled epoxy resin syntactic foam   Deputy Director MSP Operations, Nova Systems
Dr Rahim Abu Tahlib DPhil (Oxford) 2003   Detailed inveestigation of the low-tempterature analogy of an aircraft engine standard fire-test   Professor, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Dr Dickie Wong DPhil (Oxford) 2001   Thermal investigation of acoustic liners used in gas turbines   Investment Consultant, Credit Suisse
Dr Andrew Robertson DPhil (Oxford) 1998   Extended surface flow and heat transfer studies   Head of Structured Lending / Executive Director, Macquarie Group

 


My Engagement

I am the National Director for the RAeS Cool Aeronautics Australia STEM outreach program

see activities and opportunities at 

https://www.raes.org.au/cool-aeronautics/

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Research Activities

This research aims to fill a significant gap in the current modelling of critical fluid-structural interactions in high-speed flows by performing novel experiments to generate data that does not currently exist. This data is being used to assess and improve advanced numerical simulation tools. The effective development of high-speed vehicles and turbomachinery requires the accurate prediction of the behaviour and lifetime of structural components subject to these fluid-structural interactions in which the deformation of the structure, induced by the local flow field, can in turn influence…

UNSW Canberra is investigating the role mechanical compression of the optic chiasm plays in visual afflictions (Wang et al. 2014a). The nerves carrying optical information from both eyes all pass through this small soft-tissue structure inside the skull. This research is being performed in collaboration with Canberra Hospital, the ANU Medical School and Queens University, Belfast. The work uses high-resolution histology of chiasm anatomy to inform multi-scale numerical models of the biomechanics of chiasmal compression (Wang et al. 2014b). These numerical models are being…

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