Researcher

Professor Evatt Hawkes

Biography

Evatt Hawkes is a Professor at UNSW. He has a joint appointment in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering.

Research Interests

I'm interested in using mathematical/computational modelling to advance clean and renewable energy technologies.

My research mainly centres on the application of high-fidelity simulation techniques to the turbulent reacting flows that...view more

Evatt Hawkes is a Professor at UNSW. He has a joint appointment in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering.

Research Interests

I'm interested in using mathematical/computational modelling to advance clean and renewable energy technologies.

My research mainly centres on the application of high-fidelity simulation techniques to the turbulent reacting flows that govern the performance of and emissions of energy devices. This work ranges from using supercomputers to answer very fundamental scientific questions about turbulent combustion and solar thermochemical conversion, through to applied work developing new, cleaner and more efficient engines and solar energy technologies.

I am co-director of UNSW's Engine Research Group, with Dr. Shawn Kook and Dr Shaun Chan of Mechanical Engineering. Dr Kook leads the experimental program which also involves Dr Shaun Chan, while I work mainly on modelling and theory. The group presently comprises 3 academics, 2 post-docs, ~20 graduate students and a number of final year undergraduate thesis students. The group has been well supported by external funding, and has developed state-of-the-art facilities including two optically accessible research engines. In addition we have access to excellent computational resources, including a small 1000 core workgroup cluster, a 3,000-core Faculty of Engineering cluster, the ~57,000 core Australian National Computational Infrastructure cluster, and via collaborators in the USA, petascale systems at Oakridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

Some of the topics I am already working on or which I am interested in working on are listed below.

Applications in sustainable energy technologies


Clean combustion and engine technology:

  • Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) engines
  • Low-Temperature Combustion (LTC) diesel engines
  • Spark-Ignited Direct Injection (SIDI) / Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines
  • Dual-fuelled engines
  • Lean-premixed gas turbines
  • Oxy-fired gas turbines with carbon capture and storage (CCS)
  • Syn-gas fuelled gas turbines, particularly with pre-combustion capture in the context of IGCC

Alternative fuels/biofuels:

  • Ethanol
  • Methanol
  • Hydrogen
  • Syn-gas
  • Natural gas (CNG)
  • Liquified Petroleum gas (LPG)
  • Di-methyl ether (DME)
  • Biodiesel
  • Syn-fuels (Biomass-to-lquids BTL, gas-to-liquids GTL) 

Thermal/fluid/chemical aspects of photovoltaic (PV) and solar-thermal manufacturing and systems:

  • Concentrated solar thermal power
  • Solar thermochemical energy 
  • Hybrid PV and thermal receivers
  • Laser processing of solar cells
  • Electrochemical processing of solar cells

Technical approaches in modelling of multi-physics flows

  • Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS)
  • Large Eddy Simulation (LES)
  • Reynolds-averaged Navier Stokes (RANS)
  • Computational heat-transfer: coupled radiation, fluid flow, conjugate heat transfer
  • Multiscale modelling
  • Massively parallel computation (petascale)
  • Algorithm development, especially for massively parallel computing
  • Data-mining and visualisation for large scientific data-sets
  • GPU computing

My Expertise

Mathematical/computational modelling to advance clean and renewable energy technologies, Multi-scale, multi-physics modelling of reacting flows (LES, DNS, RANS), High performance computing (massive parallelism, hybrid computing, large data mining), Engine combustion, low emissions engine concepts, alternative fuels, biofuels, Solar thermal and solar thermochemical energy, Fluid/thermal/chemical processes in PV manufacturing.

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Location

Office Location:Room 129, Tyree Energy Technology Building

Contact

+61 2 9385 4602
+61 2 9385 7762

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