Dr Michael Evans

Dr Michael Evans
 Position Research Associate
 Org Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
 Email m.evans@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 3252
 Location Floor/Room 2 16c ,  Engineering South ,   North Terrace
  • 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

    David Warren Travelling Fellowship

     

    2018

    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

    Reynolds-Averaged, Finite-Rate Combustion Models

  • Research Funding

    Overseas Conference Leave
    Scheme

    The University of Adelaide

    2018

    3500 AUD

    David Warren Travelling
    Fellowship

    Combustion Institute
    (ANZ section)

    2018

    1500 AUD

    Presenter Travel Grant

    Combustion Institute
    (ANZ section)

    2018

    300 AUD

    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:

     

    168 000 AUD

  • Publications

    Journal Articles

    1. Foo, KK, Evans, MJ, Sun, Z, Medwell, PR, Alwahabi, ZT, Nathan, GJ & Dally, BB (2019). Calculated Concentration Distributions and Time Histories of Key Species in an Acoustically Forced Laminar Flame. Combustion and Flame, vol 204, pp 189–203.

    2. Evans, MJ, Medwell, PR, Sun, Z, Chinnici, A, Ye, J, Chan, QN & Dally, BB (2019). Downstream Evolution of n-Heptane/Toluene Flames in Hot and Vitiated Coflows. Combustion and Flame, vol 202, pp 78–89.

    3. Evans, MJ, Sidey, JAM, Ye, J, Medwell, PR, Dally, BB & Mastorakos, E (2019). Temperature and Reaction Zone Imaging in Turbulent Swirling Dual-Fuel Flames. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, vol 37, no 2, pp 2159–2166.

    4. Evans, MJ, Petre, C, Medwell, PR & Parente, A (2019). Generalisation of the Eddy-Dissipation Concept for Jet Flames with Low Turbulence and Low Damköhler Number. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, vol 37, no 4, pp 4497–4505.

    5. Ye, J, Medwell, PR, Kleinheinz, K, Evans, MJ, Dally, BB & Pitsch, HG (2018). Structural Differences of Ethanol and DME Jet Flames in a Hot Diluted Coflow. Combustion and Flame, vol 192, pp 473–494.

    6. Ye, J, Medwell, PR, Evans, MJ & Dally, BB (2017). Characteristics of Turbulent n-Heptane Jet Flames in a Hot and Diluted Coflow. Combustion and Flame, vol 183, pp 330–342.

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. 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.

    12. 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.

    13. 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, Chinnici, A, Medwell, PR & Dally, BB (2019). Autoignition of Hydrogen/Ammonia Blends at Elevated Pressures and Temperatures. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety, Adelaide, Australia. 24–26 September 2019.

    2. Evans, MJ, Ye, J, Kruse, S, Medwell, PR, Sun, Z, Dally, BB & Pitsch, H (2019). Measurements of Oxygenated C8/Toluene Flames in Hot and Vitiated Coflows. In Proceedings of the 12th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, Fukuoka, Japan. 1–5 July 2019.

    3. Foo, KK, Evans, MJ, Medwell, PR, Nathan, GJ & Dally, BB (2019). Computational study of enhanced soot production in a time-varying laminar non-premixed flame. In Proceedings of the 12th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, Fukuoka, Japan. 1–5 July 2019.

    4. Evans, MJ, Medwell, PR & Chan, QN (2019). Commissioning a Confined and Pressurised Jet in Hot and Vitiated Coflow Burner. In Proceedings of the 11th Mediterranean Combustion Symposium, Tenerife, Spain. 16–20 June 2019.

    5. Kirch, T, Evans, MJ, Medwell, PR, Rapp, VH, Birzer, CH & Gadgil, AJ (2018). Mixing uniformity of emissions for point-wise measurements in exhaust ducts. In Proceedings of the 21st Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Adelaide, Australia. 10-13 December 2018. ISBN: 978-0-646-59784-3.

    6. Rowhani, A, Chinnici, A, Evans, MJ, Medwell, PR, Nathan, GJ & Dally, BB (2018). Variation of residence time in non-premixed turbulent bluff-body ethylene flames as a function of burner diameter. In Proceedings of the 21st Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Adelaide, Australia. 10-13 December 2018. ISBN: 978-0-646-59784-3.

    7. Evans, MJ, Petre, C & Parente, A (2017). Generalisation of the eddy-dissipation concept for low turbulence, low Damköhler number jet flames. In Proceedings of the 11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, Sydney, Australia. 10-14 December 2017. ISSN: 2208-875X.

    8. Evans, MJ, Medwell, PR, Sun, ZW & Dally, BB (2017). Temperature imaging of gaseous n-heptane flames in hot vitiated coflows. In Proceedings of the 11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, Sydney, Australia. 10-14 December 2017. ISSN: 2208-875X.

    9. 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, Melbourne, Australia. 9-11 December 2015. ISBN: 978-0-646-94892-8.

    10. 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, Melbourne, Australia. 9-11 December 2015. ISBN: 978-0-646-94892-8.

    11. 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, Melbourne, Australia. 7-9 December 2015. ISSN: 1839-8170 (Print), 1839-8162 (Online).

    12. 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, Melbourne, Australia. 7-9 December 2015. ISSN: 1839-8170 (Print), 1839-8162 (Online).

    13. 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, Melbourne, Australia. 7-9 December 2015. ISSN: 1839-8170 (Print), 1839-8162 (Online).

    14. 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.

    15. 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).

    16. 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.

    17. 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, 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, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. 

    Invited Talks

    1. Evans, MJ, Medwell, PR, Parente, A  (2019). Advances in the eddy dissipation concept for improved prediction in distributed combustion regimes. For presentation at the “17th International Conference on Numerical Combustion,” Aachen, Germany. 6–8 May 2019.

    2. Evans, M & Medwell, P (2019). Laser diagnostics of simple and complex fuels in hot & diluted coflows, and future challenges. Presented at the “1st Workshop on MILD combustion: modelling challenges, experimental configurations and diagnostic tools,” Naples, Italy. 24 Jan. 2019. (Full financial support provided from workshop organisers.)

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

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

    5. 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)

     

    2008 – current

    The Combustion Institute

     

    2013 – current

    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

     

    2013 – current

    Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)

     

    2013 – current

    Golden Key International Honour Society

    2011 – current

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