Dr Robert Woolley
BEng (Hons), PhD
Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Director of Postgraduate Studies (PGT)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Tel: +44(0)114 2227711
Fax: +44(0)114 2227890
Robert Woolley graduated with a PhD from the Department of Fuel and Energy at the University of Leeds in 1992. He then joined the School of Mechanical Engineering again at the University of Leeds and was a Research Fellow there from 1992 to 2006. He became a lecturer at the University of Sheffield in 2006. He currently lectures on thermodynamics, heat transfer and internal combustion engines.
Areas of Research
- Laminar and turbulent premixed combustion – ignition, flame stability, high pressure combustion
- Laser ignition
- Engine combustion
- Laser diagnostics
- Regenerative heat transfer in Stirling engines
- ME203 Thermodynamic cycles and heat transfer
- ME403 Reciprocating engines
- The effective thermal conductivity of open cell replicated aluminium metal sponges. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 108(B), 1439-1448. View this article in WRRO
- Experimental observations on the influence of hydrogen atoms diffusion on laminar and turbulent premixed burning velocities. Fuel, 189, 66-78. View this article in WRRO
- Investigation of ignition process from visible to infrared by a high speed colour camera. Fuel, 185, 500-507. View this article in WRRO
- Turbulent burning rates of gasoline components, Part 2 – Effect of carbon number. Fuel, 167, 357-365. View this article in WRRO
- Turbulent burning rates of gasoline components, Part 1 – Effect of fuel structure of C6 hydrocarbons. Fuel, 167, 347-356. View this article in WRRO
- Oscillating flames in open tubes. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 35(2), 2075-2082. View this article in WRRO
- Metal Foam Regenerators; heat transfer and storage in porous materials. Journal of Materials Research, 28(17), 2474-2482.
- Measurements of the three-dimensional structure of flames at low turbulence. Combustion Science and Technology, 184(10-11), 1818-1837.
- The turbulent burning velocity of iso-octane/air mixtures. COMBUSTION AND FLAME, 159(5), 1949-1959. View this article in WRRO
- Turbulent burning rates of methane and methane-hydrogen mixtures. COMBUST FLAME, 156(4), 780-790. View this article in WRRO
- Laminar burning behaviour of biomass gasification-derived producer gas. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 33(2), 851-862.
- Instabilities and soot formation in high-pressure, rich, iso-octane-air explosion flames - 1. Dynamical structure. COMBUST FLAME, 151(4), 601-622. View this article in WRRO
- Laminar burning velocities of lean hydrogen-air mixtures at pressures up to 1.0 MPa. Combustion and Flame, 149(1-2), 162-172. View this article in WRRO
- Laser ignition of iso-octane air aerosols. Combustion Science and Technology, 180(2), 296-313. View this article in WRRO
- STUDY OF AMBIENT TURBULENCE EFFECTS ON DIESEL SPRAYS IN A FAN-STIRRED VESSEL. Atomization and Sprays, 16(6), 687-704.
- Prediction of turbulent non-premixed hydrogen flames using second-order conditional moment closure modelling. Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics, An International Journal, 6(1/2/3), 158-158.
- Study of non-evaporating diesel sprays in a fan-stirred turbulent vessel. Atomization and Sprays, 16(6).
- Darrieus-landau and thermo-acoustic instabilities in closed vessel explosions. Combustion Science and Technology, 178(10-11), 1771-1802. View this article in WRRO
- Variation of turbulent burning rate of methane, methanol, and iso-octane air mixtures with equivalence ratio at elevated pressure. Combustion Science and Technology, 177(7), 1273-1289. View this article in WRRO
- Fundamentals of high-energy spark ignition with lasers. Combustion and Flame, 138(1-2), 55-77.
- Turbulent burning velocity, burned gas distribution, and associated flame surface definition. Combustion and Flame, 133(4), 415-430.
- Wrinkling and curvature of laminar and turbulent premixed flames. Combustion and Flame, 131(1-2), 1-15.
- Visualisation of high pressure diesel fuel injection into various flow fields. MTZ Motortechnische Zeitschrift, 61(9), 610-616.
- 806 Turbulent Combustion of Premixed Mixture under High Pressure. The Proceedings of Conference of Chugoku-Shikoku Branch, 005.2(0), 243-244.
- Bilderfassung der Hochdruckeinspritzung in turbulente Atmosphäre. MTZ - Motortechnische Zeitschrift, 61(9), 610-616.
- The development and structure of flame instabilities and cellularity at low Markstein numbers in explosions. Combustion and Flame, 122(1-2), 195-209.
- Laminar burning velocity and Markstein lengths of methane-air mixtures. Combustion and Flame, 121(1-2), 41-58.
- The measurement of laminar burning velocities and Markstein numbers for iso-octane-air and iso-octane-n-heptane-air mixtures at elevated temperatures and pressures in an explosion bomb. Combustion and Flame, 115(1-2), 126-144.
- The reduction of NOx formation in natural gas burner flames. Fuel, 72(4), 497-503.
- The formation of NO
xin surface burners. Combustion and Flame, 89(2), 157-166.
- Casting Protocols for the Production of Open Cell Aluminum Foams by the Replication Technique and the Effect on Porosity. Journal of Visualized Experiments(94).
Conference proceedings papers
- Optimal piston crevice study in a rapid compression machine. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Vol. 243 (pp 012018-012018) View this article in WRRO
- The quenching of premixed turbulent flames of iso-octane, methane and hydrogen at high pressures. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 31 (pp 1393-1400)
- Effects of hydrogen addition on laminar and turbulent premixed methane and iso-octane–air flames. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 31(1) (pp 1443-1450)
- Effects of droplets on the flame speed of laminar Iso-octane and air aerosols. 10th International Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems, ICLASS 2006
- Analysis of kinetic mechanism performance in conditional moment closure modelling of turbulent, non-premixed methane flames. 4th International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, Vol. 2 (pp 623-628)
- Laminar and unstable burning velocities and Markstein lengths of hydrogen-air mixtures at engine-like conditions. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 30 (pp 209-216)
- Measurement of unstable burning velocities of iso-octane–air mixtures at high pressure and the derivation of laminar burning velocities. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 30(1) (pp 225-232)
- Measurement of unstable burning velocities of isooctane-air mixtures at high pressure and the derivation of laminar burning velocities. International Symposium on Combustion, Abstracts of Accepted Papers (pp 43-44)
- On the nature of autoignition and knock in HCCI engines. SAE Paper 2002-01-2831. San Diego
- Aspects of laminar and turbulent burning velocity relevant to SI engines. Journal of Engines / SAE Transactions, Vol. 109 (pp 13-33)
- Investigation of Ignition Probability in a Gas Turbine Combustor using Laser Ignition. ASME paper no 99-GT-116. Indianapolis,USA
- Towards a general correlation of turbulent premixed flame wrinkling. Engineering turbulence modelling and experiments, Vol. 4
- Methane as an engine fuel. ImechE Seminar, ‘Using Natural Gas in Engines’. London
- Darrieus-Landau and Thermo-acoustic Instabilities in Closed Vessel Explosions. 20th ICDERS. Montreal, 31 July 2005 - 5 August 2005.
- Measurements of laminar burning velocities in explosions and implosions in a spherical bomb. The Fourth International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards. Ulster, 2004.
- The influence of fuel air ratio on the turbulent burning velocity of iso-octane air flames. Fourth International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards. Ulster, 2004.
- Unstable explosion flames and acoustic oscillations. 18th International Colloquium on the Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems. Seattle, 29 July 2001 - 3 August 2001.
- Three-dimensional mapping of turbulent flame fronts. Ninth International Symposium on Applications of Laser Techniques to Fluid Mechanics. Lisbon, 13 July 1998 - 16 July 1998.
- PIV in spherically expanding laminar cellular flames. Ninth International Symposium on Applications of Laser Techniques to Fluid Mechanics. Lisbon, 13 July 1998 - 16 July 1998.
- The Development of spark-ignited turbulent flames. Eighth International Symposium on Applications of Laser Techniques to Fluid Mechanics. Lisbon, 8 July 2006 - 11 July 2006.
- The cracking of laminar flames. Joint Meeting of the Portuguese, British, Spanish and Swedish Sections of the Combustion Institute. Madeira, 1 April 1996 - 4 April 1996.
- The Influence of Simulated Residual and NO Concentrations on Knock Onset for PRFs and Gasolines. SAE Transactions Fuels and Lubricants, Vol. 113 (pp 1873-1889)
- Measurements and large eddy simulations of turbulent premixed flame kernel growth. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 28(1) (pp 59-65)