University of Leicester

Dr. A. Rona

Dr. Aldo Rona

Associate Professor, Fluid Dynamics and Turbomachinery

Department of Engineering
University of Leicester
Leicester LE1 7RH

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2510
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 2619

Areas of expertise

  • Aerodynamic noise
  • Jet noise
  • Cavity flows
  • Turbomachinery aerodynamics
  • Axial turbines
  • Axial compressors
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Computational Aero-acoustics
  • Measurement techniques for compressible flows
Research Honours and Awards Publications Teaching
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Dr Aldo Rona has led over the years some most prestigious projects and activities within the College of Science and Engineering, such as the Marie Curie Integrated Training Networks AeroTraNet and AeroTraNet 2. He has more than 20 years of experience in reseach, income generation, and project management. He also has a 20-year experience in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching, including course design, curriculum design, accreditation, and external examining. He has led 16 PhD graduates to completion as main supervisor and 5 as co-supervisor and supervised more than 100 undergraduate and master theses.

Dr Rona is the Leicester academic lead for the regional supercomputing consortium HPC Midlands Plus, which provides T2 supercomputing using 14k-core Huawei technology, supported by the UKRC EPSRC. He has been a member of ASME/IGTI, RAeS, AIAA, and served on the 'Clean Sky JTI - Technology Evaluation' Programme. He is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Chartered Engineer.

Dr Rona has conducted important seminal work in fluid mechanics, computational aero-acoustics, and turbomachinery aerodynamics. He has more than 27 papers in 3* and 4* journals, 84 conference papers, and three book contributions.

He received a 1st class B.Eng.(Hons) from the Department of Aeronautics, City University, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Southampton.

Past major projects

As EPSRC Research Fellow at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Southampton (1996-1997) he studied vortex boundary layer interactions by laser velocimerty. He developed time-resolved numerical models of unsteady transonic flows as EU Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of Aeronautics and Aerospace, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium (1998).

Dr. Rona worked part-time at the Alstom Power Technology Centre, Whetstone (2003-2004) on adaptive mesh refinement for turbomachinery aerodynamics, sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Secondment Scheme. A sample of the work was showcased at the Britain’s Top Engineering Award, The House of Commons, 14 December 2004.

Dr. Rona was the Coordinator of the “unsteady aerodynamics training network in airframe components for competitive and environmentally friendly civil aircraft” (AeroTraNet). This is a €3.2M EU FP6-2004-Mobility-2 programme. It involved four European universities (Leicester, Politecnico di Torino, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Université de Toulouse) and three European industries (Alstom UK, Airbus France and Fiat).

Dr Rona coordinated the "Aeronautical Trainning Network in aerodynamic noise from widebody civil aircraft" AeroTraNet 2 project (2012-2016). Funded by a €2.8M FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN grant from the European Commission, this Marie Curie Integrated Training Network of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) trained 11 Early Stage Researchers and 1 Experienced Researcher in modelling shock-associated noise and in the knowledge capturing and knowledge management of the research output.

Dr Rona and Prof. S.V. Hainsworth (PI) set up and opened in 2014 the Advanced Structural Dynamics Evaluation Centre (ASDEC) at the MIRA Technology Park, Nuneaton. Funded by £1.07M Regional Growth Fund and £0.25M European Regional Development Fund grants, ASDEC is the first UK centre providing access to robot 3D Laser Doppler Velocimetry to industry, SME, and research institutes.

EU Logo AeroTraNet Logo Marie Curie Logo

Formula 1 aerodynamics

Dr. Rona is leading the introduction of Formula 1 aerodynamics in the University of Leicester curriculum, supported by a three-year grant from LEAFAC. MEng final year teams will compete in the design of performing FIA Formula 1 outer bodies, which will be tested for handling and performance in the virtual environment Bramble, in collaboration with TotalSim UK and UniFi Motorsport Ltd.

F1 car bodyBramble flow analysis

Car body tested by Computational Fluid Dynamics (Bramble), from Team Mansell (H. Patel, M. Moaven, A. Seifeddine, J. Achumu, H. Abubakar).

UPDATED: 06 June 2018
Dr. Aldo Rona
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