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Professor Rakesh Mishra joined the School of Computing and Engineering of the University of Huddersfield in the year 2000 as a Research Fellow. Professor Mishra was later appointed as a Lecturer in Sept. 2003, a Senior Lecturer in 2004 and a Reader in 2009. Professor Mishra was conferred the prestigious title of Professor of fluid dynamics in summer 2011. From 1988 to 2000 Professor Mishra worked as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader at MNNIT, Allahabad, India. During this time Professor Mishra was seconded to renowned Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India for PhD work (1993-1996) which he finished in 1996. His teaching career started in July 1987 when he joined the College of Engineering Pusad, India as a lecturer. 

 Professor Mishra’s main teaching area is Thermo-fluids and various modules developed and taught by him include Aerodynamics, Thermodynamics, Automotive Power Units, Advance Energy Systems and Computational Fluid Dynamics. Professor Mishra leads the ‘Energy Emission and the Environmental research group’ within the Centre of Efficiency and Performances Engineering of the University. Professor Mishra also contributes to highly successful IMechE accredited Mechanical, Automotive and Energy Engineering courses at different levels. These courses recruit students from all over the world. Professor Mishra is a chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Institution of Mechanical Engineers as well as a Fellow of Higher Education Academy.

Prof. Mishra is an active consultant to many Thermo-fluid industries and has run a number of knowledge transfer partnerships successfully. Prof. Mishra is very active in renewable energy research and is involved with many renewable energy organizations. Prof. Mishra is also a member the Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Power Society of India which promotes effective use of fluid power in developing economies. Prof. Mishra has published more than 200 papers in various journals and conference proceedings of repute and has been invited to give key note lectures in various conferences. Prof. Mishra has also organised and chaired a number of conference sessions dealing with green issues.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Design, development and performance evaluation of fluid and thermal systems such as radiators, heat exchangers, piping systems, valves, Thermo-syphons etc.
  • Flow diagnostics, flow measurement and instrumentation, multiphase flows
  • Computational fluid dynamics, analytical and experimental modeling of difficult flow systems,  rheology, fuel development, toxicity evaluation of fuels, emission modeling
  • Aerodynamics: vehicle aero dynamics, boundary layer flow, turbulence, design and development of aerodynamic interventions for vehicle systems, modeling of vehicle stability and systems development for improving vehicle stability
  • Design and development of e-learning systems for energy, emission and the environment education
  • Energy saving devices, energy generating devices, energy storage devices, emissions: prediction, monitoring and control.
  • Bio-fluid system modeling
  • Digital twins and machine learning
  • servitization
  • Design and development of flow solutions for built environment
  • Sustainable development and  energy efficiency, internal flow features within the built environment
  • Wind loads on complex high rise buildings
  • Flow through porous media, and contaminant transport in air, water and soil media
  • Flood modelling

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Research Output

A new three-dimensional CFD model for efficiency optimisation of fluid-to-air multi-fin heat exchanger

Altwieb, M., Kubiak, K., Aliyu, A. & Mishra, R., 21 Jul 2020, In : Thermal Science and Engineering Progress. 19, 13 p., 100658.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Local multiphase flow characteristics of a severe-service control valve

    Singh, D., Aliyu, A., Charlton, M., Mishra, R., Asim, T. & Oliveira, A., 5 Jul 2020, In : Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 195, 18 p., 107557.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    • 31 Oral presentation
    • 2 Invited talk

    Effect of Surface Roughness on the Aerodynamic Performance of an Articulated Truck-Trailer Assembly

    Taimoor Asim (Speaker), Kuldip Ubbi (Speaker), Rakesh Mishra (Speaker) & Blaise Nsom (Speaker)

    30 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Comparison of operational effectiveness of a turbocharger volute

    Karina Zala (Speaker), Taimoor Asim (Speaker), Paul Baker (Speaker), Kuldip Ubbi (Speaker) & Rakesh Mishra (Speaker)

    15 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Effects of a freely moving maintenance device on the hydrodynamic characteristics of pipe bends

    Taimoor Asim (Speaker), Rakesh Mishra (Speaker) & Kuldip Ubbi (Speaker)

    15 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Pressure Drop Predictions in Hydraulic Bends Transporting Cylindrical Capsules

    Taimoor Asim (Speaker), Rakesh Mishra (Speaker) & Kuldip Ubbi (Speaker)

    10 Dec 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Investigations on Augmented Reality based Maintenance Practices within SMEs

    Maike Mueller (Speaker), Dirk Stegelmeyer (Speaker) & Rakesh Mishra (Speaker)

    5 Jul 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation