Contact Dr Theoklis Nikolaidis

Areas of expertise

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Gas Turbines & Propulsion
  • Power Systems & Turbines


Dr Nikolaidis joined Cranfield University to take up his current post in 2012. Before this, he studied Aeronautical Engineering (BSc) and received his MSc in Thermal Power at Cranfield University in 2003. He followed this with a PhD in 2008, also at Cranfield, conducting a research on the effects of rain ingestion on gas turbine aero-engine performance. Before his appointment, Dr Nikolaidis had been working as an aircraft engineer, gaining experience of aero-engines operation, maintenance, malfunction investigation and troubleshooting.

Current activities

Dr Nikolaidis is a Reader in gas turbine engine performance running the “Gas Turbine Performance Simulation & Diagnostics” course in Thermal Power MSc programme. His lecturing has also been extended to include the Engine Design module and CPD short course programmes.

Dr Nikolaidis is currently the principal investigator for developing a health monitoring system of an aero-derivative industrial engine in collaboration with an industrial partner. He is also involved in Horizon 2020 framework programmes.

His research activity focuses on the area of gas turbine performance analysis and modelling-simulation advanced methods. It includes the modelling and simulation of steady state/transient performance and engine’s control system. Dr Nikolaidis carries out research on variable and novel cycles, engine degradation and health monitoring advanced methods, the effects of particulate/multiphase flows on engine’s performance and the use of alternative fuels. Furthermore, he has contributed on the development of Cranfield's software for Gas Turbine Performance Simulation (known as “Turbomatch”) and he is the custodian of the code.


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