Dr Robert Woolley

BEng (Hons), PhD

Dr R Wooley

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

Director of Postgraduate Studies (PGT)

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD
UK

Telephone: +44(0)114 2227711
Fax: +44(0)114 2227890

email : rob.woolley@sheffield.ac.uk


Profile

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

Teaching:

ME203 Thermodynamic cycles and heat transfer
ME403 Reciprocating engines

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Woolley R, Bradley D, Liu K & Lawes M (2007) 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)
  • Woolley R, Mandilas C, Ormsby MP & Sheppard CGW (2007) 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)
  • Woolley R, Verhelst S, Lawes M & Sierens R (2005) 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)
  • Woolley R, Al-Shahrany AS, Lawes M & Bradley D (2005) 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)
  • Woolley R, Sheppard CGW & Tolegano S (2002) On the nature of autoignition and knock in HCCI engines. SAE Paper 2002-01-2831. San Diego
  • Woolley R, Gillespie L, Lawes M & Sheppard CGW (2001) Aspects of laminar and turbulent burning velocity relevant to SI engines. Journal of Engines / SAE Transactions, Vol. 109 (pp 13-33)
  • Wilson CW, Hicks RA, Sheppard CGW, Woolley R & Wyatt J (1999) Investigation of Ignition Probability in a Gas Turbine Combustor using Laser Ignition. ASME paper no 99-GT-116. Indianapolis,USA
  • Woolley R, Atashkari K, Lawes M & Sheppard CGW (1999) Towards a general correlation of turbulent premixed flame wrinkling. Engineering turbulence modelling and experiments, Vol. 4
  • Woolley R, Bradley D, Lawes M & Sheppard CGW (1996) Methane as an engine fuel. ImechE Seminar, ‘Using Natural Gas in Engines’. London
  • Woolley R, Al-Shahrany AS, Bradley D, Lawes M & Liu K () Darrieus-Landau and Thermo-acoustic Instabilities in Closed Vessel Explosions. 20th ICDERS. Montreal, 31 July 2005 - 5 August 2005.
  • Woolley R, Ormsby M & Sheppard CGW () 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.
  • Woolley R, Al-Shahrany AS, Bradley D & Lawes M () Measurements of laminar burning velocities in explosions and implosions in a spherical bomb. The Fourth International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards. Ulster, 2004.
  • Woolley R, Bradley D & Sheppard CGW () Unstable explosion flames and acoustic oscillations. 18th International Colloquium on the Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems. Seattle, 29 July 2001 - 3 August 2001.
  • Woolley R, Sheppard CGW & Lawes M () 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.
  • Woolley R, Lawes M & Sheppard CGW () 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.
  • Woolley R () 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.
  • Woolley R, Hicks RA, Sheppard CGW & Lawes M () 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.
  • Woolley R, Burluka AA, Liu K, Sheppard CGW & Smallbone AJ () 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)
  • Woolley R, Nwagwe IK, Weller H, Tabor G, Gosman AD & Sheppard CGW () Measurements and large eddy simulations of turbulent premixed flame kernel growth. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol. 28(1) (pp 59-65)