Dr Ben Evans

Dr Ben Evans

Ben Evans


Lecturer, College of Engineering


Dr Ben Evans is a lecturer in Aerospace Engineering and sits on the design team for the BLOODHOUND SSC Land Speed Record project.  Dr Evans's research interests range from computational shape optimisation and high speed aerodynamic modelling to molecular gas dynamics simulation.  He also has interests in engineering public engagement and engineering education.

Dr Evans is a director of the Engineering Education Scheme in Wales (EESW)

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Research Interests

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics for high speed flow
  • Molecular gas dynamics
  • Shape optimisation for aerodynamic design
  • Public engagement in engineering
  • Engineering education

Selected publications


  • EGA302A - Aerospace Engineering Design 3 (14/15)
  • EG-M90 - Advanced Aerodynamics (14/15)

Research theses supervised


  • 2013 - computational aerodynamic design optimisation for complex geometries (2nd Supervisor: Professor Oubay Hassan)


  • 2011 - Novel manufacturing methods and design approaches applied to the Land Speed Record vehicle, Bloodhound SSC (2nd Supervisor: Professor Johann Sienz)
  • 2010 - Development of heat transfer modelling techniques for solving complex industrial problems supported with experimentation (1st Supervisor: Professor Johann Sienz)


  • 2012 - 'Two dimensional aerodynamic optimisation of vertical axis wind turbine blades using unsteady state simulations'
  • 2012 - 'Aerodynamic simulation of the Puribad Aerial Delivery system using the FLITE computational fluid dynamics suite.'
  • 2012 - 'Development of a program to compare CFD simulation data with experimental results as a CFD model validation tool for Bloodhound SSC'
  • 2011 - 'Molecular Gas Dynamics Modeling of High Knudsen Number Flows'
  • 2010 - 'Mesh movement via radial basis functions'
  • 2010 - 'Automatic optimisation of tghe bloodhound SSC air intake duct'

Additional information


2014  TATA Steel Award for Outstanding Impact in Commerce and Industry

Improved Aerodynamic Design Process for the Aerospace Industry through the Application of Unstructured Mesh Technology

Swansea University Impact Awards



2006 Mike Crisfield Prize in Computational Mechanics at the Association of Computational Mechanics in Engineering conference


2013        Fujitsu PhD Scholarship

               Computational aerodynamic design optimisation for complex geometries

               Value: £55.5K


2013        4 x BLOODHOUND Education Programme Public Engagement small grants

               Application of Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) to the BLOODHOUND SSC

               Numerical modelling in MATLAB for BLOODHOUND SSC performance predictions

               Computational Fluid Dynamics in the design of BLOODHOUND SSC

               Schools-based STEM engagement based on BLOODHOUND SSC

               Total value: £20K


2012         Ingenious public engagement grant - Royal Academy of Engineering
                STEM schools-based public engagement based on the BLOODHOUND SSC
                Value: £21.76K

2012       Pathways to Impact Grant, Swansea University
              Value: £21K        


2010       Swansea Academy of Learning and Teaching grant
               Enhancing undergraduate teaching using social media: Teach by Twitter
               Value: £2.2K

Work History

2011 - present: Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering at College of Engineering, Swansea University
2007 - present: Engineering Design Team for the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car
2007 - 2011: Senior Research Assistanct at Civil and Computational Engineering Centre, Swansea University
2004 - 2008: PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics at Civil and Computational Engineering Centre, Swansea University
2000 - 2004: MEng in Aerospace and Aerothermal Engineering at Jesus College, Cambridge University

Selected Invited Lectures

Mar 2014        Basque Center for Applied Mathematical Modelling
                         Turbomachinery and Aerodynamic Shape Optimisation Workshop

                          The use of CFD in the design of a supersonic car

                          Bilbao, Spain

Sept 2013     M.I.T. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

                     Discontinuous Taylor-Galerkin FE Approach for Solution of the Boltzmann-BGK Equation

                      Boston, USA 


Jan 2013        British Science Association - Science London Lecture

                      The 1,000 mph engineering adventure, BLOODHOUND SSC


Sept 2012      Rolls Royce 10th Anniversary ADOS Conference

                     Design optimisation using computational fluid dynamics applied to a supersonic vehicle

                     Rolls-Royce, Derby        


May 2011       Oxford University Engineering Society

                       Designing a 1,000mph car, BLOODHOUND SSC: an engineering adventure



 Mar 2011       Institute of Mathematics Invited Lecture

                       Numerical Modelling and BLOODHOUND SSC


 Sept 2010      MathWorks – MATLAB Virtual Conference 2010

                       Inspiring Undergraduate Students to use MATLAB

                     Online virtual conference


 June 2010      Cheltenham Science Festival 2010

                       Fuel Efficient Flying



 Apr 2010        Intel HPC Symposium 2010 – Keynote Speaker

                       The state of the art of HPC in CFD with application to BLOODHOUND SSC



Nov 2009       Cambridge Engineering Society Lecture

                       The use of CFD in the design of BLOODHOUND SSC

                     Trinity College, Cambridge


 Nov 2009       World Motorsport Symposium

                       Designing a supersonic car



 June 2009      Cheltenham Science Festival   2009

                       How computational modelling is changing the modern world



Mar 2009        Mexican Automotive Association Congress Keynote Lecture

                      BLOODHOUND SSC – the adventure begins  

                      Chihuahua, Mexico                                                                    


Feb 2009         Singapore Institute of High Performance Computing invited lecture

                       The use of CFD in the design of BLOODHOUND SSC