Mr Adam Kyte
Profiles

Mr Adam Kyte

Lecturer in Mechanical & Marine Engineering Design

School of Marine Science and Engineering (Faculty of Science & Environment)

Role

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.

Qualifications

Qualifications:

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

Background:
 
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 are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Abdalrahman R, Grove S, Kyte A & Rizvi MJ 2017 '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
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 PEARL
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 PEARL
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 PEARL
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 PEARL
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 Author Site , 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 PEARL
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 05/07/2016 06/07/2016
Abdalrahman R, Grove S, Kyte A & Rizvi MJ 2014 'Numerical studies of integrally-heated composite tooling'