Contact Dr Uyioghosa Igie

Areas of expertise

  • Gas Turbines & Propulsion
  • Power Systems & Turbines

Background

Dr Igie is a Senior Lecturer in Gas Turbine Engineering and Operations. He is also the Course Director of the Thermal Power part-time MSc, and leader of the Gas Turbine Operations and Rotating Machines (GTORM) module in the Thermal Power MSc course.

He gained his Gas Turbine Engineering PhD from Cranfield University in 2012 and became an academic staff in the same year. His research has remained focused on existing gas turbine performance enhancement/upgrades for operational 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 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 compressor (fouling), performance enhancement (compressor washing and air filtration) that have gone to provide solutions in maximising operational efficiency, reliability and economic viability of power plants operators. On aircraft propulsion, he has led thermodynamic and aerodynamic studies on reducing the environmental impact of civil aviation through water injection, as well as 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 testings.

Since joining Cranfield University as a staff, he has supervised more than 70 post-graduates (10+ PhD and 60+ MSc) as a first supervisor.  

He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s mechanical engineering degrees from Brunel University (2007) and the University of Bath (2008) respectively.

Research opportunities

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.

Current activities

Energy - Power Generation
  • 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

Aerospace Propulsion

  • Jet Engine Water Injection for Emission Reductions
  • Compressor Fouling Effects on Jet Engine Performance
  • Modelling of Engine System
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Clients

Research Sponsors/Partners/Collaborators:
  • BP, Azerbaijan
  • Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Thailand
  • Mitsubishi Power, UK
  • R-MC Power Recovery Ltd, UK
  • Rolls Royce, UK
  • Tableau Software, UK

Publications

Articles In Journals

Conference Papers