Azadeh Jafari

Dr Azadeh Jafari


School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor), but is currently at capacity - email supervisor to discuss availability.

My research focuses on fluid flows, in particular turbulent flows and boundary layers. Turbulence is present is many engineering applications and affects many aspects of our lives. The aim of my research is to better understand turbulence to be able to develop more sustainable engineering solutions and strategies. Some examples include:

  • Improved understanding of atmospheric turbulence: The knowledge of atmospheric turbulence is critical for several applications. My research in this area aims to improve our understanding of airflow in forests and the impact of turbulence on micro-climates of tree canopies. Another area of my research is analysis of turbulent wind loads on structures with the goal of improving efficiency in renewable energy applications, including solar and wind energy.
  • Turbulent drag reduction: Understanding the turbulent boundary layer flow and development of strategies for control of turbulence can lead to reducing the drag that occurs on aircraft and ships as they move through air or water, and will thus lead to more sustainable transport.

Different research projects are available. Currently available PhD projects can be access on Uni Website


Supervised/co-supervised Honours and Master by Coursework projects:

  • Turbulent Generation and Characterisation in a wind tunnel
  • Selection and design of a boundary layer tripping apparatus
  • High temperature heat pumps for heat recovery 
  • Investigation of the effect of wind fences on the wind loads on heliostats due to flow manipulation

In addition to my research and teaching activities, I am on the Student/Early Career Researcher sub-committee of the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society (AFMS). I co-convene the AFMS Seminar Series, a fortnightly online seminar featuring Fluid Mechanics research. I am a member of the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Outreach working group and also the school orientation coordinator.

  • Thermal Energy Recovery using High-Temperature Heat Pumps (Jafari, A., Arjomandi, M., Seyfaee, A. & Moghtaderi B.), HILT CRC, 2023, $157K.
  • Flow Visualisation Facility, SET Faculty Funding for Teaching Equipment, University of Adelaide, 2024, $37K.
  • Upgraded facilities for high-resolution flow characterisation in a wind tunnel, The ECMS ECR/MCR Seed Funding Scheme 2021, University of Adelaide, $10K. 


Year Role Subject
2024 Lead coordinator Honours Engineering Research Project
2023–2024 Course coordinator, Lecturer Applied Aerodynamics
2022–2023 Project Advisor Research Methods and Project Management
2020 Lab Demonstrator Aeronautical Engineering
2019–2020 Lab Demonstrator Aircraft Design
2018–2020 Teaching Assistant Engineering Mechanics (Dynamics)
2018–2019 Teaching Assistant Finite Element Analysis of Structures
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2024 Co-Supervisor Techno-economic analysis of heat pumps for waste heat recovery Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Pouya Pourkashani
    2023 Co-Supervisor Designing a multi-cascade high temperature heat pump based on reversed Brayton cycle and air as high temperature flow Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Amir Qatarani Nejad
    2023 Co-Supervisor Application of packed beds for thermal energy storage either through heat recovery or concentrated solar thermal energy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Razieh Abbasgholi Rezaei
    2022 Co-Supervisor Developing a frictionless rig for skin friction drag measurement Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yuxin Yang
    2022 Co-Supervisor Heliostat wind load analysis in atmospheric boundary layer Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Matthew Luke Marano
    2020 Co-Supervisor Permeable Surfaces for Drag Reduction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Van Thuan Hoang
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2023 - ongoing Member Outreach working group School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Australia
    2021 - ongoing Member Student/ECR Sub-committee Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2020 - ongoing Member Engineers Australia Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics United States
    2020 - ongoing Member Early- and Mid-Career Researchers, Australian Academy of Science Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society Australia
  • Community Engagement

    Date Title Engagement Type Institution Country
    2024 - ongoing AFMS Seminar Series Convenor Scientific Community Engagement Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society (AFMS) -
    2024 - ongoing Orientation Coordinator Public Community Engagement School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering -
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83133252
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering South, floor Third Floor
  • Room: S324L
  • Org Unit: Mechanical Engineering

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