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Dr James Scobie is a Lecturer and a member of the Turbomachinery Research Centre.

James obtained a MEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath, followed by a PhD in experimental gas turbine fluid dynamics. On graduation he continued as a Post-doctoral Research Associate before being appointed as a Prize Fellow in 2015. Previously he has spent time working for Rolls-Royce plc.


James’s research is in the efficient use and management of gas turbine secondary air systems used for turbine cooling. Areas of interest include:

  • Experimental modelling of hot-gas ingestion through turbine rim seals
  • Fluid dynamics of rotating flow systems
  • Novel shaft sealing technologies
  • Interaction of sealing and mainstream flows in turbines 

Willing to supervise PhD

Interested in supervising students studying;

  • Fluid dynamics
  • Gas turbine technologies
  • Internal air systems and seals
  • Thermal imaging techniques

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Research Output 2012 2020

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An advanced single-stage turbine facility for investigating non-axisymmetric contoured endwalls in the presence of purge flow

Jones, R. R., Pountney, O. J., Cleton, B. L., Wood, L. E., Schreiner, B., Carvalho Batista Soares De Figueiredo, A. J., Scobie, J. A., Cleaver, D. J., Lock, G. D. & Sangan, C. M., 17 Jun 2019, Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo 2019: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 17 p. GT2019-90377

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


Datasets for GTRUs EPSRC programmes, funded in collaboration with Siemens

Sangan, C. (Creator), Lock, G. (Creator), Wilson, M. (Creator), Scobie, J. (Creator), Owen, M. (Creator), University of Bath, 2015



An Experimental Study of Gas Turbine Rim Seals

Author: Scobie, J., 26 Jun 2014

Supervisor: Lock, G. (Supervisor) & Wilson, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD