Research Interests
Research Group
Engineering Projects
Mechanical & Materials

Eric Savory

Associate Professor of Fluid Mechanics
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
Professional Associations: PEng, CEng, MRAeS
Office:  SEB 3085
Phone:  (519) 661 2111 ext 88256
Fax:      (519) 661 3020
Email:    esavory@eng.uwo.ca
B.Sc. (Hons) (University of Surrey) 1981

Ph.D. (University of Surrey) 1985



Assessment of the factors governing the time-line of mould growth in houses through full-scale, in-situ measurement and analysis. This project is part of the "Three Little Pigs Project" (see link below). Suitable candidates must hold a Masters degree (by research) in either building science or mycology.

If you are interested in the above position, meet the required academic criteria given above and are a Canadian Citizen, Permanent resident or currently hold a valid visa, I very much look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me at esavory@eng.uwo.ca

My present research activities include:

bulletAerodynamics of cavity flows
bulletPerformance of automotive cooling fans
bulletExperimental and numerical modelling of surface cooling jets
bulletInteraction between a compressor impeller and diffuser
bulletVortex shedding from slender pyramids 
bulletJets and plumes in a crossflow
bulletFlow and dispersion in urban street canyons
bulletLarge-scale simulation of thunderstorm downbursts (click here for "Weather Network" TV channel video from January 2005)
bulletEffect of wall shear stresses on arterial endothelial cells
bulletMould growth in wood frame houses

For more details on some of these topics, please see "Research Interests" and "Research Group" pages.

I am also part of The Three Little Pigs Project, a major CFI / OIT funded project, at the new Insurance Research Lab for Better Homes, that is concerned with testing full-scale North American wood frame housing under realistic environmental loads.

I joined UWO in January 2002 from the University of Surrey, UK. My research interests are within the general field of industrial fluid mechanics, with the emphasis on the experimental study of turbulent flows, particularly wind tunnel measurements.  

Much of the data obtained from my studies of subsonic and supersonic jets in a crossflow (UK MoD / EPSRC funded) have been utilised by other academics and industry (including Qinetic (formerly DERA) and ARA Ltd, UK) for turbulence model validation. I have developed new instrumentation for turbulent flow studies, such as; miniature surface wire gauges for skin friction and near-wall structure (UK DTI funded), triangular pressure yawmeters for surface flow direction and skin friction, colour video analysis of liquid crystal surface coatings for measuring full-field shear stresses (DTI / MoD funded) and a twin-wire pulsed anemometer for measurements in recirculating flow regions (SERC funded). My data on the flows in the slat and flap cove regions of an A-300 Series high-lift wing section have been used by BAe Systems for model validation (SERC funded). The results obtained from my ongoing research programme concerning the aerodynamics of regularly shaped cavities has recently been published in ESDU Data Items for use in design. I have also recently been involved in several major wind engineering studies. The first of these has involved the monitoring and assessment of wind-induced foundation loads on a full-scale electricity transmission tower (fully funded by The National Grid Company, UK). The second is a study of the failure of transmission lines around the world due to high intensity winds such as tornadoes and microbursts (a collaboration between UWO and the University of Surrey, funded by Manitoba Hydro and NSERC, Canada). The third was the recently completed EU project TRAPOS involving ten partners (1.5MEuro), concerning physical and numerical modelling of flow and dispersion of traffic pollution within urban street canyons. This project was part of the wider European project SATURN. Related to this topic I organised a Workshop at UWO called PHYSMOD 2005 concerned with physical modelling of flow and dispersion, which was held from 24 - 26 August 2005.

RESEARCH AFFILIATIONS: Advanced Fluid Mechanics Research Group, Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory

KEYWORDS: Experimental fluid mechanics; Industrial aerodynamics; Wind engineering; Jets; Cavity Flows


Web pages last updated on 5th January 2009 by Eric Savory