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Prof. Paul Tucker


Paul Tucker

Rank Professor of Engineering

Academic Division: Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery

Research group: Fluid Mechanics

Telephone: +44 1223 3 37582



Research interests

Paul Tucker is interested in a range of application areas in Unsteady Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and also  Computational Aeroacoustics (CAA). He has had a long term interest in the modelling and prediction of turbulent flows through a variety of methods. These include RANS (Reynolds Averaged Naveir-Stokes), LES (Large Eddy Simulation) and also hybridizations of these methods. Paul Tucker also has a strong interest in numerical methods and the application of CFD to a range of practical problems.

Strategic themes

Energy, transport and urban infrastructure

Interested in the detailed computational modelling of flow and heat transfer in aircraft and their engines.

Research projects

Currently there are the following research projects:

  • LES of complex geometry jets
  • Hybrid RANS-LES of installed jets
  • LES of hot jets
  • LES of high speed jets
  • LES of jets with extensive upstream geometry
  • LES of turbine blades
  • LES of turbine blade internal cooling
  • LES of cutback trailing edges
  • Inverse design
  • CFD of multistage transonic fans
  • LES of Compressors
  • LES of compressors with complex geometry
  • Body force modelling in turbomachinery
  • Mesh generation in turbomachinery
  • CFD of civil aeroengine intakes in crosswinds
  • CFD of aeroengine intakes during climb
  • CFD modelling of aeroengine intakes through flight envelope
  • Modelling of real roughness
  • Low or modelling of turbine rim seals
  • Turbulence modelling in compressors
  • High order and resolution numerical methods

Teaching activity

CFD, Turbomachinery

Other positions

Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal and a member of the ACME board.


Professor Paul Tucker is Rank Professor of Engineering and works within the Turbomachinery, Energy and Fluid Mechanics Division at the University of Cambridge.  His key research interest is the computation of unsteady, turbulent, complex geometry aerodynamic flows.

Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, Professor Tucker worked as a Professor in the Civil and Computational Engineering Centre at the University of Swansea leading aerospace. Prior to this he was a Senior  Lecturer in the Department of Engineering at the University of Warwick.