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Dr Michael Evans

Telephone +61 8 8313 3252
Position Research Associate
Email m.evans@adelaide.edu.au
Fax +61 8 8313 4367
Building Engineering South
Floor/Room 2 16c
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit School of Mechanical Engineering

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Biography/ Background

General Biography

Dr Michael Evans is a Research Associate in the School of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Adelaide, having completed his Ph.D. (with a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence) in 2017 and Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Aerospace) and Bachelor of Science (Theoretical and Experimental Physics) with 1st class Honours in 2013. Michael's Ph.D. research focussed on the differences in, and transition between, conventional and MILD (moderate or intense low oxygen dilution) combustion. Michael's research is undertaken using experimental laser diagnostics and numerical simulations on cluster computing systems. Michael has complemented his work at the University of Adelaide with research visits to the Politecnico di Milano in Italy and Stanford University in the United States of America. Michael won an Endeavour Postgraduate Award in 2015 to fund the latter of these trips - one of only two successful engineering applicants nation-wide [official project press release] [UoA news article] [School news article]. Michael's current research interests are focussed on both the combustion of liquid fuels and the extension of his Ph.D. work. 

Outside of the university environment, Michael has over ten years experience teaching swimming in paid and volunteer capacities. He has worked as both an instructor and instructor-in-charge for a private swim-school, a disability support organisation, a Royal Life Saving Society (SA) volunteer programme and the annual VACSWIM programme. Between 2010 and 2015, in addition to working for a private swim-school, Michael worked as a swimming instructor and pool lifeguard in programmes tailored for adults with intellectual disabilities.

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Research/Engineering Experience

January 2017 to current

Research Associate

School of Mechanical Engineering –

University of Adelaide, project entitled:

Advanced Experimental and Modelling Study to Better Predict Spray Flames

 

Semester 1 – 2017

Lecturer/Course Coordinator

The University of Adelaide –

MECH ENG 4118/7059 Finite Element Analysis of Structures

 

March 2014 to March 2017

Submitted, October 2016

Accepted without changes, March 2017 

Ph.D. Student

School of Mechanical Engineering –

University of Adelaide, project entitled:

Flame Stabilisation in the Transition to MILD Combustion

Awarded: Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

 

April 2015 to October 2015

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholar

Department of Mechanical Engineering – Stanford University, with the:

Flow Physics and Computational Engineering (FPCE) Research Group, in the Center for Turbulence Research (CTR)

 

September 2014 to November 2014

Visiting Research Student

Department of Chemistry, Materials, and Chemical Engineering –

Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), with the:

Chemical Reaction Engineering and Chemical Kinetics (CRECK) Research Group

 

Semester 1 – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016

Tutor/Marker

The University of Adelaide –

MECH ENG 4118/7059 (2014) Finite Element Analysis of Structures

 

Semester 1 – 2014

Tutor

The University of Adelaide –

MECH ENG 4111/7045 (2014) CFD for Engineering Applications

 

March 2013 to Nov 2013

Honours Student

School of Mechanical Engineering 

University of Adelaide, on project:

Jet Flame Modelling

Winner: Best Energy Related Project

 

Semester 2 – 2013

Marker

The University of Adelaide –

MECH ENG 4120/7023 (2014) Fracture Mechanics

 

March 2013 to June 2013

Visiting Honours Student

Department of Physics –

University of Adelaide, on project:

Effects of Surface Finish on Parasitic Mode Suppression for Optimisation of a Diode Pumped 1319nm Laser

 

May 2012 to June 2013

Student Researcher

The University of Adelaide –

GRE pipelines research (EPCRC ref: RP3-05)

 

Nov 2010 to Feb 2011

Vacation Student

DSTO –

Vacation Student (Work Experience)

Awards & Achievements

Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

 

2017

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship  [link1] [link2] [link3]

 

2015

Best Energy Related Project (for Jet Flame Modelling) [link]
Sponsor: Australian Institute of Energy (AIE)

 

2013

2nd Place, AIAA RegionVII-AU Student Conference [link]

 

2013

Fred Jacka Memorial Prize (for Experimental Physics III)
Sponsor: University of Adelaide – School of Chemistry and Physics

 

2012

ECMS Dean’s Certificate of Merit

2008, 2010, 2011, 2012

Teaching Interests

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Research Interests

MILD Combustion and Autoignition

Spray and Droplet Combustion

Computational Modelling of Reacting Flows

Experimental Investigation and Laser Diagnostics of Flames

High Pressure Combustion

Further Development and Extension of the Eddy Dissipation Concept (EDC) Combustion Model

Research Funding

Student Presenter Support

Combustion Institute (ANZ section)

 

2016

250 AUD

Student Presenter Support

Combustion Institute

2016

800 USD

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship

Australian Government

2015

69 500 AUD

Student Presenter Support

Combustion Institute (ANZ section)

 

2013, 2015

2 × 200 AUD

Australian Postgraduate Award

The University of Adelaide

2014 – 2017

77 500 AUD

Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST) Defence Scholarship

The University of Adelaide

2013

5 000 AUD

QANTAS Travel Grant

Campus Travel

2013

100 AUD

Summer Vacation Scholarship

Defence, Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)

2010 – 2011

4 200 AUD

Headstart Scholarship

The University of Adelaide

2008

5 800 AUD

 

Approximate Total Value:

 

162 250 AUD

Publications

Journal Articles

  1. Evans, MJ, Chinnici, A, Medwell, PR & Ye, J (2017). Ignition Features of Methane and Ethylene Fuel-Blends in Hot and Diluted Coflows. Fuel, vol 203, pp 279–289.

  2. Evans, MJ, Medwell, PR, Tian, ZF, Ye, J, Frassoldati, A & Cuoci, A (2017). Effects of Oxidant Stream Composition on Non-Premixed Laminar Flames with Heated and Diluted Coflows. Combustion and Flame, vol 178, pp 297–310.

  3. Evans, MJ, Medwell, PR, Wu, H, Stagni, A & Ihme, M (2017). Classification and Lift-Off Height Prediction of Non-Premixed MILD and Autoignitive Flames. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, vol 36, no 3, pp 4297–4304.

  4. Medwell, PR, Evans, MJ, Chan, QN & Katta, VR (2016). Laminar Flame Calculations for Analysing Trends in Autoignitive Jet Flames in a Hot and Vitiated Coflow. Energy and Fuels, vol 30, no 10, pp 8680–8690.

  5. Ye, J, Medwell, PR, Dally, BB & Evans, MJ (2016). The Transition of Ethanol Flames from Conventional to MILD Combustion. Combustion and Flame, vol 171, pp 173–184.

  6. Evans, MJ, Medwell, PR, Tian, ZF, Frassoldati, A, Cuoci, A & Stagni, A (2016). Ignition Characteristics in Spatially Zero-, One- and Two-Dimensional Laminar Ethylene Flames. AIAA Journal, vol 54, no 10, pp 3255–3264.

  7. Evans, MJ, Medwell, PR & Tian, ZF (2015). Modelling Lifted Jet Flames in a Heated Coflow using an Optimised Eddy Dissipation Concept Model. Combustion Science and Technology, vol 187, no 7, pp 1093–1109. [accepted manuscript]

Conference Papers

  1. Evans, MJ, Medwell, PR & Ye, J (2015). Laser-Induced Fluorescence of Hydroxyl in Ethylene Jet Flames in Hot and Diluted Coflows. In Proceedings of the 7th Australian Conference on Laser Diagnostics in Fluid Mechanics and Combustion, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. 9-11 December 2015. ISBN: 978-0-646-94892-8.

  2. Ye, J, Medwell, PR, Evans, MJ & Dally, BB (2015). Quantitative Rayleigh temperature imaging in turbulent flames of prevaporised n-heptane. In Proceedings of the 7th Australian Conference on Laser Diagnostics in Fluid Mechanics and Combustion, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. 9-11 December 2015. ISBN: 978-0-646-94892-8.

  3. Evans, MJ, Medwell, PR, Wu, H, Stagni, A & Ihme, M (2015). Classification of Non-Premixed MILD and Autoignitive Flames. In Proceedings of the Australian Combustion Symposium, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. 7-9 December 2015. ISSN: 1839-8170 (Print), 1839-8162 (Online).

  4. Medwell, PR, Evans, MJ, Chan, QN & Katta, VR (2015). The adequacy of laminar flame calculations for identifying MILD combustion. In Proceedings of the Australian Combustion Symposium, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. 7-9 December 2015. ISSN: 1839-8170 (Print), 1839-8162 (Online).

  5. Ye, J, Medwell, PR, Evans, MJ & Dally, BB (2015). The impact of carrier gas on ethanol flame behaviour in a Jet in Hot Coflow (JHC) burner. In Proceedings of the Australian Combustion Symposium, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. 7-9 December 2015. ISSN: 1839-8170 (Print), 1839-8162 (Online).

  6. Wu, H, Evans, M & Ihme, M (2015). LES of Mild Combustion using Pareto-efficient Combustion Adaptation. In 68th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, vol. 60, no. 21, Boston, Massachusetts. 22-24 November 2015, Abstract ID: BAPS.2015.DFD.D5.4.

  7. Evans, MJ, Medwell, PR, Tian, ZF, Frassoldati, A, Cuoci, A & Stagni, A (2015). Ignition Characteristics in Spatially Zero-, One- and Two-Dimensional Laminar Ethylene Flames. In 22nd AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference, Dallas, Texas, United States of America. 22-26 June 2015. ISBN: 978-1-62410-366-7 (Online).

  8. Evans, MJ, Tian, ZF & Medwell, PR (2013). Modelling Ethylene–Hydrogen Jet Flames in the MILD Combustion Regime. In MODSIM2013, 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Adelaide, Australia. 1-6 December 2013, pp 1554–1560. ISBN: 978-0-9872143-3-1.

  9. Evans, MJ, Medwell, PR & Tian, ZF (2013). Parametric study of EDC model constants for modelling lifted jet flames in a heated coflow. In Proceedings of the Australian Combustion Symposium, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. 6-8 November 2013, pp 348–352. ISSN: 1839-8170 (Print), 1839-8162 (Online).

Technical Papers

  1. Codrington, J, Evans, M & Orman, M (2013). Resistance of screwed GRE pipe joints to rapid temperature fluctuations. Project RP3-05: GRE pipeline research. Energy Pipelines CRC, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. 

Invited Talks

  1. Evans, M (2015). Experiments and Regimes in MILD Combustion. Stanford University, California, USA. 10 August 2015. 

  2. Evans, M (2014). Open-, laminar-, edcSMOKE and the Transition to MILD Combustion. Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. 12 November 2014. 

  3. Evans, M (2014). Modelling Challenges in Turbulent MILD Combustion. Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. 15 September 2014.

Competitive

  1. Evans, MJ, Medwell, PR & Tian, ZF (2013). Modelling Ethylene–Nitrogen Jet Flames in a Heated Coflow. Presented at AIAA Region VII–AU Student Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. 27-29 November 2013. (2nd Place)

Professional Associations

Engineers Australia (EA)

Student Member (2008-2013)/

Graduate Member (2014-current)

 

2008 – current

Combustion Institute

Student Member

 

2013 – current

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Student Member

 

 

2013 – current

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)

Student Member

 

2013 – current

Golden Key International Honour Society

Member 

2011 – current

Entry last updated: Friday, 5 May 2017

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