Dr Manolesos is a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering and he is the Swansea University Wind Tunnel manager. His research interests include separated flows and separation control, drag reduction and flatback airfoils, wind turbine aerodynamics and aeroelasticity, aeroacoustics and atmospheric boundary layer flows.

He likes to use both experimental and numerical tools in a complementary manner, combining the strengths of the two approaches. Before he started his academic career, he worked as aerodynamicist for Formula 1 teams (Red Bull Racing and Renault Formula 1 Team).

Areas of Expertise

  • Experimental Aerodynamics
  • Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Flow Control
  • 3D Flow Separation
  • Wind Energy
  • Building Aerodynamics
  • Drag Reduction

Publications

  1. & Revisiting the assumptions and implementation details of the BAY model for vortex generator flows. Renewable Energy 146, 1249-1261.
  2. & (2018). On the Application of the Bay Model for Vortex Generator Flows. Presented at ASME Proceedings: Wind Energy,, V009T48A002 Oslo, Norway: ASME Turbo Expo 2018: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition. doi:10.1115/GT2018-75217
  3. & Experimental investigation of the atmospheric boundary layer flow past a building model with openings. Building and Environment 141, 166-181.
  4. & Experimental Study of Drag-Reduction Devices on a Flatback Airfoil. AIAA Journal 54(11), 3382-3396.
  5. & Experimental investigation of the flow past passive vortex generators on an airfoil experiencing three-dimensional separation. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics 142, 130-148.

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Teaching

  • EG-160 Fluid Mechanics 1

    The module provides an introduction to the methods that can be employed by engineers for the analysis of basic problems involving stationary and flowing fluids.

  • EG-293 Aerodynamics

    This module aims to extend the previous Fluid Mechanics module from Level 1 and develops the student's understanding of the fundamental equations governing aerodynamics and their application to aeronautical systems. The systems will apply the theory to problem solving in the field of aerodynamics.

Supervision

  • Development of active and passive gust load reduction system considering non-linearity and uncertainty in the models (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Marinos Manolesos
    Other supervisor: Dr Hamed Haddad Khodaparast
  • Innovative flow control for flatback airfoils (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ben Evans
    Other supervisor: Dr Marinos Manolesos

Public Engagements

  • October 2019 to March 2020: National Waterfront Museum, Innovate Exhibition

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2018 Present Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering Swansea University, UK
2016 2017 Senior Researcher National Technical University of Athens, Greece
2015 2016 Post-Doctoral Researcher Centre for Renewable Energy Sources, Athens, Greece
2014 2015 Post-Doctoral Researcher National Technical University of Athens, Greece
2007 2008 Aerodynamicist Renault Formula 1 Team, UK
2006 2007 Analysis Engineer Red Bull Racing Formula 1 Team, UK
2004 2005 Graduate Researcher University of Patras, Greece
2003 2003 Research Assistant University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
2013 PhD National Technical University of Athens, Greece
2006 MSc Race Car Aerodynamics University of Southampton, UK
2004 MEng in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering University of Patras, Greece

Invited Presentations, Lectures and Conferences

Date Description
2018 Flow Separation and Control for Wind Turbine Airfoils and Blades, at universities in Bristol, Southampton, Birmingham - UK
April 2018 Experimental investigation of the atmospheric boundary layer flow past a building model with openings, ERCOFTAC Spring Festival
June 2017 High Fidelity Tools for Wind Energy Aerodynamics and Aeroelasticity, ASME TURBO EXPO 2017, Charlotte, NC, USA
February 2017 3D Flow Separation on Wind Turbine Airfoils and Blades, MECASIF Closing Workshop, INRIA, Sophia Antipolis, France
December 2016 Race Car Aerodynamics Seminar Talk, Prom Racing, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
July 2015 The Assumption of Two-dimensionality in Airfoil Wind Tunnel Testing, ForWind Seminar, Oldenburg University, Germany
October 2014 Testing airfoils for wind turbines: Τhe 3D challenges, 10th EAWE PhD Seminar on Wind Energy in Europe, Orleans, France
September 2009 Race Car Aerodynamics Seminar Talk, School of Engineering, University of Patras, Greece

External Responsibilities

  • Visiting Academic, Technical University of Berlin

    2019 - Present

  • Member of the Wind Tunnel Testing Committee, European Academy of Wind Energy

    2019 - Present

  • Member of the Wind Energy Committee, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    2017 - Present

Projects, Grants and Awards

  • 2019 - Erasmus+ mobility Scheme, £2000
  • 2018 - Research Impact Fund - Innovative Flow Control for Flatback Airfoils, £5000
  • 2018 - Flatback Airfoil Flow Investigation - Supercomputing Wales Project
  • 2016-2018 - Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fellowships for Young International Scientists. Grant Nr 7-160103, Experimental and Computational simulation of the flow through a building with relevance to ventilation, £45000
  • 2009-2013 - PhD Scholarship, Experimental and computational study of three-dimensional separation and its control using passive vortex generators, Onassis Foundation, €30000