Dr Takafumi Nishino

College Lecturer in Engineering Science

Takafumi (Taka) is a Departmental Lecturer in Civil Engineering Fluid Mechanics and a College Lecturer in Engineering Science. His expertise is in the areas of fluid mechanics and offshore renewable energy, such as wind and tidal-stream energy.

Taka studied mechanical engineering at Kyoto University in Japan for his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, before obtaining his PhD in aerodynamics at the University of Southampton in 2007. After his PhD, he received a prestigious NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) fellowship to spend three years at NASA Ames Research Center in the US. At NASA, he learnt a variety of advanced modelling techniques for complex turbulent flow simulations, largely through collaborative research with the Center for Turbulence Research (CTR) at Stanford University. He came back to the UK in 2011 to take another three-year postdoc position in Oxford, where he started research in offshore renewable energy. In 2014 he moved to Cranfield University to take a Lectureship in Fluid Mechanics, and in 2018 he returned to Oxford to take a Departmental Lectureship in Civil Engineering Fluid Mechanics.

Taka’s current research interests lie in theoretical and computational modelling of multi-scale flow physics relevant to large-scale wind and tidal-stream power generation. He is currently collaborating with the UK Met Office to develop a novel scientific approach for fully coupled wind turbine/farm design optimisation, by combining his multi-scale wind turbine/farm flow analysis model with a regional-scale numerical weather prediction (NWP) model.

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