Michael Evans

Dr Michael Evans

Research Associate

School of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Dr Michael Evans is a Research Associate in the School of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Adelaide, having completed his Ph.D. (with a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence) in 2017 and Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Aerospace) and Bachelor of Science (Theoretical and Experimental Physics) with 1st class Honours in 2013. Michael's Ph.D. research focussed on the differences in, and transition between, conventional and MILD (moderate or intense low oxygen dilution) combustion. Michael's research is undertaken using experimental laser diagnostics and numerical simulations on cluster computing systems. Michael has complemented his work at the University of Adelaide with research visits to the Politecnico di Milano in Italy and Stanford University in the United States of America. Michael won an Endeavour Postgraduate Award in 2015 to fund the latter of these trips - one of only two successful engineering applicants nation-wide. Michael's current research interests are focussed on both the combustion of liquid fuels and the extension of his Ph.D. work.

Outside of the university environment, Michael has over ten years experience teaching swimming in paid and volunteer capacities. He has worked as both an instructor and instructor-in-charge for a private swim-school, a disability support organisation, a Royal Life Saving Society (SA) volunteer programme and the annual VACSWIM programme. Between 2010 and 2015, in addition to working for a private swim-school, Michael worked as a swimming instructor and pool lifeguard in programmes tailored for adults with intellectual disabilities.

MILD Combustion and Autoignition
Sooting and Spray Flames
Combustion at Elevated Pressures
Computational Modelling of Reacting Flows
Experimental Investigation and Laser Diagnostics of Flames

A turbulent sooting flame with instaneous images of soot structure (images captured by Dr Alfonso Chinnici)





Imaging soot structures in a turbulent flame using laser diagnostics (photos by Dr Alfonso Chinnici)

Overseas Conference Leave Scheme
The University of Adelaide – 2018
3500 AUD  
David Warren Travelling Fellowship
Combustion Institute (ANZ section) – 2018
1500 AUD
Presenter Travel Support
Combustion Institute (ANZ section) – 2018
300 AUD
Student Presenter Support
Combustion Institute (ANZ section) – 2016
250 AUD
Student Presenter Support
Combustion Institute – 2016
800 USD
Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship
Australian Government, Department of Education and Training – 2015
69 500 AUD
Student Presenter Support
Combustion Institute (ANZ section) – 2013, 2015
2 × 200 AUD
Australian Postgraduate Award
Australian Government, Department of Education and Training – 2014-2017
77 500 AUD
Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST) Defence Scholarship
Australian Government, Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology – 2013
5 000 AUD
QANTAS Travel Grant
Campus Travel – 2013
100 AUD
Summer Vacation Scholarship
Defence, Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) – 2010-2011
4 200 AUD
Headstart Scholarship
The University of Adelaide – 2008
5 800 AUD
Approximate Total Value:
168 000 AUD

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) - Coordinator & Lecturer (2017), Tutor (pre-2017), Marker
Combustion Technology & Emissions Control - Section Lecturer (2019)
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) - Guest Lecturer (2019), Tutor
Fracture Mechanics - Tutor, Marker

  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2013 - ongoing Combustion Institute
    2013 - ongoing American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
    2013 - ongoing Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
    2011 - ongoing Golden Key International Honour Society
    2008 - ongoing Engineers Australia (EA)
  • Position: Research Associate
  • Phone: 83133252
  • Email: m.evans@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4367
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering South, floor 2
  • Room: 2 16c
  • Org Unit: School of Mechanical Engineering

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