Personal profile


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
  • 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

Research Degree Supervision

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Projects 2015 2021

Research Output 2010 2018

Open Access
Light trailers
Commercial vehicles
Flow fields

CFD Based Investigations for the Design of Severe Service Control Valves Used in Energy Systems

Asim, T., Charlton, M. & Mishra, R. 1 Dec 2017 In : Energy Conversion and Management. 153, p. 288-303 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Computational fluid dynamics
Flow of fluids

Estimation of LTR rollover index for a high-sided tractor semitrailer vehicle under extreme crosswind conditions through dynamic simulation

Abdulwahab, A. & Mishra, R. 26 Oct 2017 2017 23rd International Conference on Automation and Computing (ICAC). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Computer simulation
Tractors (truck)
Truck trailers
Ground vehicles
Open Access
Centrifugal pumps
Large eddy simulation
Flow structure
Computational fluid dynamics

Activities 2014 2015

  • 2 Oral presentation

Flow Diagnostics in Centrifugal Pumps by Motor Current Signature Analysis

Mishra, R. (Speaker), Anuj Jain (Speaker)
1 Dec 2015

Activity: Oral presentation

Numerical Studies of the Velocity Distribution Within the Volute of a Centrifugal Pump

Asim, T. (Speaker), Mishra, R. (Speaker), Ahmed Al-Obaidi (Speaker), Karina Zala (Speaker)
16 Sep 2014

Activity: Oral presentation