Matthew Emes

Dr Matthew Emes

Research Associate

School of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr Matthew Emes is a Research Associate in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide. Matthew completed his Ph.D. with a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence in 2017 and a Bachelor of Mechanical and Sustainable Energy in 2013. Matthew's Ph.D. focused on the turbulent flow in the atmospheric boundary layer and the aerodynamic effects of the wind loads on heliostats in stow position. His research involves developing innovative techniques for measuring and characterising atmospheric turbulence in wind tunnel and field experiments. This work is carried out within the Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative (ASTRI) project to reduce the cost of heliostats, with Matthew leading the heliostat wind load and aerodynamics team to pursue his research interests in the sustainability and development of renewable energy technologies.

  • Turbulence in the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL)
  • Aerodynamics of flat plates
  • Wind loads on heliostats in concentrating solar thermal (CST) power tower (PT) plants
  • Scale-model wind tunnel experiments and atmospheric field measurements

Tandem heliostats within the atmospheric boundary layer generated using spires and roughness elements
Tandem heliostats in the atmospheric boundary layer generated using spires and roughness elements

Sports Engineering 3 - Magnus Effect Laboratory Demonstration

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Co-Supervisor Measurement and simulation of the turbulent flow environment in road cycling. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Joshua Thomas Haselgrove
    2021 Co-Supervisor Dynamic wind load on heliostat Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Sahar Bakhshipour
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - 2018 Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society
    2016 - 2017 Australasian Wind Engineering Society
    2012 - ongoing Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Position: Research Associate
  • Phone: 83137185
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering South, floor 2
  • Room: 207
  • Org Unit: School of Mechanical Engineering

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