Mr Adam Kyte

Mr Adam Kyte

Lecturer in Mechanical & Marine Engineering Design (Engineering)

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Mr Adam Kyte can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Engineering design
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Educational research
  • ICT (in education)
  • Secondary schools
  • Teacher education


Founder and Manager of DesignFlow - a predominately Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) based Consultancy and Research group. DesignFlow deliver engineering consultancy projects in the field of fluid mechanics and engineering design, usually (but not always) involving CFD analysis. DesignFlow also focus on securing and conducting CFD based research projects, and bringing a high quality Research and Practice Informed Teaching aspect to undergraduate and postgraduate CFD teaching at Plymouth University.

Consultancy projects have included development of a low carbon domestic Waste Heat Recovery System, analysis of marine propeller performance and analysis/testing of water supply pressure/flow control systems.



BEng Mechanical Engineering (1st Class Honours) University of Liverpool 1995 
Dissertation: Design, Manufacture and Testing of a Diesel Engine Cold Starting Device

MSc Maritime Engineering Science - Yacht & Small Craft (Distinction) University of Southampton 2004 
Dissertation: Writing software to predict fuel consumption of lifeboats towing other vessels

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education University of Plymouth 2011

Joined Plymouth University in 2010 having worked in industry since 1995 as a Design Engineer and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) consultant. 

Employment History:

Intelligent Fluid Solutions - Senior Engineer (2005-2010): Consultancy work predominately in the field of Fluid Mechanics & CFD for a wide range of industries. Projects included:

  • External aerodynamic analysis for potential production car designs
  • Prediction and enhancement of electric vehicle motor cooling system performance
  • Improvement of automotive coolant pump performance 
  • Optimisation and performance analysis of racing kayaks
  • Development of cooling systems for high speed craft electrical systems
  • Performance prediction of planing vessels
  • Thermal impact assessment of power station coolant discharge into a tidal waterway
  • Prediction of hydrodynamic loading on fish in a weir
  • Writing software to predict Active Magnetic Regenerative Refrigerator performance
  • Modelling sediment transport in coolant pipes for the nuclear industry
  • Optimisation of a Low Carbon Initiative domestic heat recovery system
  • Fluid-structure interaction study of wind loadings on communications antennae
  • Solar shield design for precision chemical detection equipment
  • Modelling of quench cooling in bi-metallic strip manufacture
  • Prediction and enhancement of Chemical Vapour Deposition plant performance
  • Modelling of hear transfer in rheology instruments
  • Development of a novel self-heating baby bottle, from concept to mass production
  • Development of a shower mixing valve  
  • Analysis of the effect of arterial geometry on blood oxygen content/distribution
  • Fatigue analysis for an artificial hip test rig
  • Performance prediction of a Pressure Swirl Atomiser based medical device 

Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Senior Engineer (1999-2005): Design and development of new lifeboats and equipment, modifications to existing equipment and investigation into failure of equipment in service. Emphasis on safety-based design to ensure maximum safety and reliability.

Cosworth Technology Ltd - Design Engineer (1998-1999): Design, development and performance prediction of mechanical systems within a prototype automotive engine for a leading performance car manufacturer

GEC Alstom Mirrlees Blackstone - Graduate Engineer (1996-1997): Design, thermal performance prediction & build project management of new test cell facilities and associated cooling plant for 8MW diesel engines.



Teaching interests

Engineering Design (MECH232 & MECH340)
Computational Fluid Dynamics (HYFM322, MARN337, MECH532 & MECH539)



Research interests

  • Aerodynamic design & optimisation of ultra-streamlined vehicles using Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Modelling of blood flow in surgically joined arteries
  • Design and numerical/experimental analysis of Wave Energy Converters
  • Analysis and design of Animal Borne Data Loggers



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Kyte A, Pass C, Pemberton R, Sharman M & McKnight JC (2018) 'A Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Based Method for Assessing the Hydrodynamic Impact of Animal Borne Data Loggers on Host Marine Mammals' Marine Mammal Science , DOI Open access
Tan Loh T, Pizer D, Simmonds D, Kyte A & Greaves D (2017) 'Simulation and analysis of wave-structure interactions for a semi-immersed horizontal cylinder' Ocean Engineering , DOI Open access
Abdalrahman R, Grove S, Kyte A & Rizvi MJ (2016) 'Numerical analysis of the thermomechanical behaviour of an integrally water-heated tool for composite manufacturing' Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites 36, (4) 241-253 , DOI Open access
Abo AA, Muhammad RJ, Raby A, Kyte A & Greaves DM (2016) 'Analysis of high velocity free surface flow interaction with a bridge pier in a trapezoidal channel using CFD' NAFEMS International Journal of CFD Case Studies Open access
Abdalrahman R, Grove S, Kyte A & Rizvi MJ (2016) 'Numerical simulation and experimental verification of heating performance of an integrally water-heated tool' Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites 35, (8) 655-671 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Kyte A (2015) 'A ‘Fresh Eyes’ Look at Improving the Effectiveness of Engineering Group Design Projects' Engineering Education a Journal of the Higher Education Academy Publisher Site Open access
Abdalrahman R, Grove S, Kyte A & Rizvi MJ (2014) 'Numerical simulation and design optimisation of an integrally-heated tool for composite manufacturing' MATERIALS & DESIGN 64, 477-489 , DOI
Kyte A (2014) 'Practical use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in improving the efficiency of domestic ventilation waste heat recovery systems' International Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering 5, (2-3) , DOI Open access
Conference Papers
Ransley EJ, Greaves D, Graham D, Kyte A, Qian L, Causon D, Mingham C, Zang J, Ma Q & Tabor G (2016) 'Developing a National Community-serving Numerical Wave Tank Facility' in Proceedings of the 3rd PRIMaRE Conference Bath, UK 7-/-0/20167-/-0/2016Open access
Abdalrahman R, Grove S, Kyte A & Rizvi MJ (2014) 'Numerical studies of integrally-heated composite tooling'