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Grant Ingram graduated from Durham University in 1997 on the first cohort of the then brand new MEng degree. After two years in the electricity supply industry working on power stations large and small he returned to Durham to complete a PhD sponsored by Rolls-Royce. Technology developed in conjunction with his work is now flying around in aeroplanes around the world.

Following the successful conclusion of his PhD, Grant spent a year working at Newcastle University before joining the School as Lecturer in September 2005.

Since then he has worked on two key areas of research: conventional turbomachinery and renewable devices. Both of these activities are approached from a fluid dynamics background with a focus on improving engineering designs and processes. 

Notable projects include work on axial flow turbine aerodynamics, his work on blade lean and profiled endwalls in turbomachinery won the PE Publishing Prize for the best paper published in the Journal of Power and Energy in 2008. Also on the conventional turbomachinery side he has conducted research on steam turbine diffusers and innovative sealing concepts for turbine applications. On the renewable side of his research he has also examined the starting process of both vertical and horizontal axis wind turbines and worked on applying fluid dynamics techniques to the real time thermal rating of power cables.

Research Interests
  • Turbomachinery: axial flow turbines and compressors. Gas turbines, steam turbines and aeroengines. Profiled endwalls, three dimensional blading, secondary flow, diffusers and turbomachinery aerodynamics. 
  • Wind turbines: horizontal and vertical axis turbines. Wind turbine startup, energy yield, aerodynamics. 
  • Wind flow over terrain for real time thermal ratings. 
Teaching Activity

In 2009 Grant Ingram authored an electronic book entitled "Basic Concepts in Turbomachinery" which is a basic introduction to be read before more complex texts. This book is a free download. 

Within the School he has lectured at all levels on subjects including: Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Aeromechanics and Turbomachinery.

More recently as L4 Tutor he has prepared a series of on-line videos to supplement the course handbook and talks. These are available as a youtube channel


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