Professor Evatt Hawkes

Professor Evatt Hawkes

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Several PhD student openings in renewable hydrogen engines, solar energy in industrial processes, and fires; see below:

- 4 PhD scholarships in renewable hydrogen engines (2 modelling, 2 experimental);  we aim to develop and demonstrate the most efficient hydrogen fuelled engine to date, in partnership with industry. The research will involve computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling and advanced experiments to understand and optimise the processes of fuel injection and combustion.

- 2 PhD scholarships in solar-driven production of alumina, in partnership with a major producer of alumina;  we aim to revolutionise the process of alumina calcination, a very energy intensive step in the process to make aluminium, by substituting natural gas combustion with solar thermal energy.

- 1 PhD scholarship in modelling fires;  we aim to improve fire safety by improving the predictive capability of CFD models of fire, in partnership with a major insurance and loss prevention company.

My group applies high performance computational fluid dynamics models to turbulent, reacting flows that underpin the performance of combustion and solar energy systems and the dynamics of accidental fires. Our work at the nexus of big data and engineering applications is usually carried out with the aid of large-scale supercomputing resources with a view to making fundamental and practical impacts on problems of industrial relevance in transportation, power generation, and fire safety. Much of our work involves interaction with industry, with experimental researchers, and with international collaborators at universities and laboratories around the globe.

Evatt Hawkes Bio:

2016 Professor, UNSW

2011-2015 Assoc. Professor & ARC Future Fellow, UNSW

2007-2011 Senior Lecturer, UNSW

2002-2007 Postdoc, Combustion Research Facility, Sandia National Laboratories, California, USA

1996-2001 PhD student Cambridge University (Cambridge Australia Trust Scholar, European Gas Turbines Scholar)

1995 University of Western Australia, B. Eng. Hons (Mech.), B Sci Hons. (Appl. Math.)



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  • Journal articles | 2022
    Rorimpandey P; Yip HL; Srna A; Zhai G; Wehrfritz A; Kook S; Hawkes ER; Chan QN, 2022, 'Hydrogen-diesel dual-fuel direct-injection (H2DDI) combustion under compression-ignition engine conditions', International Journal of Hydrogen Energy,
    Journal articles | 2015
    Sankaran R; Hawkes ER; Yoo CS; Chen JH, 2015, 'Response of flame thickness and propagation speed under intense turbulence in spatially developing lean premixed methane-air jet flames', Combustion and Flame,
    Journal articles | 2011
    Hawkes ER; Sankaran R; Chen JH, 2011, 'Estimates of the three-dimensional flame surface density and every term in its transport equation from two-dimensional measurements', Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, vol. 33, pp. 1447 - 1454,
    Journal articles | 2005
    Sankaran R; Im HG; Hawkes ER; Chen JH, 2005, 'The effects of non-uniform temperature distribution on the ignition of a lean homogeneous hydrogen-air mixture', Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, vol. 30, pp. 875 - 882,
    Journal articles | 2000
    Hawkes ER; Cant RS, 2000, 'A flame surface density approach to Large Eddy Simulation of premixed turbulent combustion', Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, vol. 28, pp. 51 - 58,
  • Conference Papers | 2017
    Varna A; Wehrfritz A; Hawkes ER; Cleary MJ; Lucchini T; D’Errico G, 2017, 'Application of multiple mapping conditioning mixing model to non-reacting spray a', in 11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, ASPACC 2017
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Wang C; Chan SN; Kook S; Hawkes ER; Medwell PR; Lee J, 2015, 'External Irradiation Effect on the Evolution of In-flame Soot Species', in Carbon, Melbourne, presented at Australian Combustion Symposium, Melbourne, 07 December 2015 - 09 December 2015,