Contact Dr Uyioghosa Igie
Areas of expertise
- Gas Turbines & Propulsion
- Power Systems & Turbines
Dr Igie is a Senior Lecturer in Gas Turbine Engineering and Operations. He is the Course Director of the Thermal Power and Propulsion part-time MSc, and the leader of the Gas Turbine Operations and Rotating Machines (GTORM) module in the course.
His research is focused on gas turbine performance enhancement/upgrades for operational and fuel flexibility. Some of this work on flexibility has involved collaborating with engine manufacturers like Mitsubishi Power UK, in the TURBO-REFLEX project, as a Principal Investigator. This involved exploring the benefit and limits of upgrades on the overall engine, standalone compressor and combustor components.
Dr Igie also has a strong
track record of working with gas turbine operators evident from the topics of
his publications. These are typically studies on gas turbine compressors
(fouling) and performance enhancement (compressor washing and air filtration)
that have gone to provide solutions to maximise operational efficiency,
reliability, and economic viability of power plant operators.
On aircraft propulsion, he has led thermodynamic and aerodynamic studies on reducing the environmental impact of civil aviation through water injection and methods of quantifying degradation in jet engines. His works have involved engine system performance modelling and diagnostics, mathematical optimisation, high fidelity computational fluid dynamic analysis and experimental testing.
Teaching & Student Supervision
Since joining Cranfield University as a staff, he has supervised more than 70 post-graduates (10+ PhD and 60+ MSc) as a first supervisor.
Dr obtained his bachelor’s and master’s mechanical engineering degrees from Brunel University (2007) and the University of Bath (2008) respectively. He gained his Gas Turbine Engineering PhD from Cranfield University in 2012 and became an academic staff in the same year.
- Dr Igie served as an active member of the Institution of Power Engineers from 2010 to 2018. In this period, he was as:
- Member of the institution’s Advisory Council (2014 to 2016)
- Member of its Gas Turbine Committee (2013 to 2018)
- Invited guest lectures at the Institute for Propulsion Systems and Turbomachines, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. These includes:
- Lectures as the key speaker on Reducing Environmental Impact of Jet Engines in June 2016.
- Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Aviation, where he delivered a lecture on Gas Turbine Operational Flexibility in October 2019
- Invited guest lecture at the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria, where he delivered lectures on Gas Turbine Operations and Performance Enhancement Techniques, in 2018.
- Dr Igie is a referee in IFQ1 journals related to gas turbine engineering, turbomachinery and overall performance. These are the ASME Journal of Turbomachinery and the Journal of Applied Thermal Engineering. He also acted as a reviewer of a research proposal for the National Research Foundation, Singapore, in October 2013.
- Dr Igie has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2017.
- Published interview on Tableau.com, titled Cranfield University Research Class Cuts Data Analysis Effort by Half in December 2015. Also, in the news media: Leading UK Universities Partner with Tableau to Launch Data Analytics Course published in 2016, by the Business Wire.
Contact me on any one of the below (or related topics) for full-time and part-time PhD and MSc research opportunities. They include:
- Co-firing natural gas (methane) and hydrogen – Combustion studies using CFD or experiments
- Industrial gas turbine operations and maintenance
- Industrial gas turbine – evaluation of performance degradation and enhancements, also economic investigations
- Use of gas turbine sensor big data for fault quantification, diagnostics and prognostics
- Jet engine water injection for emission reductions
- Gas turbine operational flexibility
- Compressor washing and air filtration
- Mechanical drive applications – optimising the number of gas turbines and the number of gas compressor stations for gas transportation.
Teaching and Management Activities
Dr Igie is the module leader of Gas Turbine Operations and Rotating Machines (GTORM) which he developed in 2015. The approval of the module ensured that the delivery began with the October 2015/16 cohort and has registered more than 70 students to date. This module was developed to align with the knowledge and skills required in the user/operational aspects of gas turbines. He is responsible for designing, planning, delivering, and assessing GTORM, a taught 10-credit module for both Thermal Power and Propulsion MSc cohorts (October and March).
Research Student Supervision and Personnel Management
His research activities are relevant to propulsion, power and the oil and gas industry. He has supervised researchers on a range of topics in each of these areas, which has often brought the transfer of knowledge from one sector/application to another. He has supervised 10 PhD researchers to completion and currently supervises others. Technical management and leadership of research, performance and personnel management that include research fellow and research assistant. On the personnel management, tracking and contributing to staff developments through annual performance review and intermediary meetings. Other management activities include:
- Teaching Observation of Academics: observing and providing feedback to colleagues, about their practice in teaching, in line with the Academic Practice Programme and established pedagogical approaches.
- Academic Conduct Officer
- Chairing of PhD reviews and vivas
- Reviewer – acting as an internal reviewer for PhD reviews and vivas
- Gas Turbine Flexibility - Compressor and Combustor Analysis
- Gas Turbine Health Evaluation using Machine Generated Data
- Compressor Fouling (Degradation) Effects on Engine Performance
- Impact of Off-Line and On-Line Compressor Washing on Engine Performance
- Impact and Selection of Inlet Filtration Systems
- Modelling of Engine System
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Gas Turbine Combustion
- Jet Engine Water Injection for Emission Reductions
- Compressor Fouling Effects on Jet Engine Performance
- Modelling of Engine System
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
Research Sponsors/Partners/Collaborators: BP, Azerbaijan; Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Thailand; Mitsubishi Power, UK; R-MC Power Recovery Ltd, UK; Rolls Royce, UK and Tableau Software, UK.
Articles In Journals
- Szymanski A, Igie U & Hamilton R (2022) Aerodynamic limits air injection for heavy-duty gas turbine: Compressor aerodynamic limits for power augmentation and ramp-up capabilities, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, Available online 24 April 2022.
- Abudu K, Igie U, Roumeliotis I & Hamilton R (2021) Impact of gas turbine flexibility improvements on combined cycle gas turbine performance, Applied Thermal Engineering, 189 (May) Article No. 116703.
- Szymanski A, Igie U, Abudu K & Hamilton R (2021) Aerodynamic limits of gas turbine compressor during high air offtakes for minimum load extension, Applied Thermal Engineering, 189 (May) Article No. 116697.
- Abudu K, Igie U, Minervino O & Hamilton R (2021) Gas turbine efficiency and ramp rate improvement through compressed air injection, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, 235 (4) 866-884.
- Igie U, Abbondanza M, Szymański A & Nikolaidis T (2021) Impact of compressed air energy storage demands on gas turbine performance, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, 235 (4) 850-865.
- Abudu K, Igie U, Minervino O & Hamilton R (2020) Gas turbine minimum environmental load extension with compressed air extraction for storage, Applied Thermal Engineering, 180 (November) Article No. 115869. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.12809402
- Abudu K, Igie U, Roumeliotis I, Szymanski A & Di Lorenzo G (2020) Aeroderivative gas turbine back-up capability with compressed air injection, Applied Thermal Engineering, 180 (November) Article No. 115844. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.12813296
- Block Novelo DA, Igie U & Nalianda D (2019) On-board compressor water injection for civil aircraft emission reductions: range performance with fuel burn analysis, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 67 (February) 449-463.
- Block Novelo DA, Igie U, Prakash V & Szymanski A (2019) Experimental investigation of gas turbine compressor water injection for NOx emission reductions, Energy, 176 (June) 235-248.
- Block Novelo DA & Igie U (2018) Aero engine compressor cooling by water injection - Part 2: Performance and emission reductions, Energy, 160 (October) 1236-1243.
- Block Novelo DA & Igie I (2018) Aero engine compressor cooling by water injection - Part 1: evaporative compressor model, Energy, 160 (October) 1224-1235.
- Block-Novelo DA & Igie U (2018) Reducing airport emissions through aircraft gas turbine water injection at take-off, Revista Internacional de Investigacion de Innovacion Tecnologica, 6 (34).
- Igie U & Sibilli T (2018) Transient thermal modelling of ball bearing using finite element method, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 140 (3) Article No. 032501, GTP-16-1232 032501-1-032501-7.
- Igie U (2017) Gas turbine compressor fouling and washing in power and aerospace propulsion, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 139 (12) Article No. GTP-17-1147 122602-1-122602-11.
- Igie U, Diez-Gonzalez P, Giraud A & Minervino O (2016) Evaluating gas turbine performance using machine-generated data: quantifying degradation and impacts of compressor washing, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 138 (12) 122601-122601-18.
- Igie U, Amoia D, Michailidis G & Minervino O (2016) Performance of inlet filtration system in relation to the uncaptured particles causing fouling in the gas turbine compressor, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 138 (1) 012601-GTP-15-1105.
- Igie U, Goiricelaya M, Nalianda D & Minervino O (2015) Aero engine compressor fouling effects for short- and long-haul missions, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 230 (7) 1312-1324.
- Agbadede R, Pilidis P, Igie UL & Allison I (2015) Experimental and theoretical investigation of the influence of liquid droplet size on effectiveness of online compressor cleaning for industrial gas turbines, Journal of the Energy Institute, 88 (4) 414-424.
- Igie U, Pilidis P, Fouflias D, Ramsden K & Laskaridis P (2014) Industrial gas turbine performance: Compressor fouling and on-line washing, Journal of Turbomachinery, 136 (10) Article No. 101001.
- Igie U & Minervino O (2014) Impact of inlet filter pressure loss on single and two-spool gas turbine engines for different control modes, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 136 (9) Article No. 091201.
- Fouflias D, Gannan A, Ramsden K, Pilidis P, Mba D, Teixeira J, Igie U & Lambart P (2010) Experimental investigation of the influence of fouling on compressor cascade characteristics and implications for gas turbine engine performance, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, 224 (7) 1007-1018.
- Zawadzki N, Szymanski A, Block Novelo DA & Igie U (2020) Entropy generation and efficiency of a transonic rotor with water injection - a numerical study. In: ASME Turbo Expo 2020: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition (GT2020), London: Virtual Event, 21-25 September 2020.
- Musa G, Igie U, Pilidis P & Sule G (2017) Economic viability of on-line compressor washing for different rated capacity. In: ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition (GT2017), Charlotte, NC, 26-30 June 2017.
- Block Novelo DA & Igie U (2017) Case for exploring compressor water injection for airport emission reduction. In: ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition (GT2017), Charlotte, NC, 26-30 June 2017.
- Mourouzidis C, Igie U, Pilidis P & Singh R (2015) Water injection on aircraft engines: a performance, emissions and economic study. In: ISABE 2015: 22nd International Symposium on Air Breathing Engines, Phoenix, AZ, 25-30 October 2015.
- Igie U, Pilidis P, Fouflias D, Ramsden K & Lambart P (2011) On-Line Compressor Cascade Washing for Gas Turbine Performance Investigation. In: ASME Turbo Expo 2011: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition (GT2011), Vancouver, BC, 6-10 June 2011.
- Giesecke D, Igie U, Pilidis P, RamsdenK & Lambart L Performance and techno-economic investigation of on-wing compressor wash for a short-range aero engine. In: ASME Turbo Expo 2012: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition (GT2012), Copenhagen, 11-15 June 2012.