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Mike Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department. His research involves the computation of internal flow and heat transfer, mainly for rotating disc systems relevant to the internal cooling air systems used in gas turbine engines.

Dr Wilson obtained a BSc (Hons) in Pure Mathematics at the University of Bath in 1982 and a PhD in Engineering at the University in 1986. He is currently Director of Studies for postgraduate taught programmes in Mechanical Engineering.


Dr Wilson has conducted and supervised computational research into turbine-disc cooling and rotating flow at Bath since 1989. He has been involved with technology transfer between the University and industry in the form of a Royal Academy of Engineering industrial secondment (to European Gas Turbines Ltd) and as an academic supervisor in a series of TSB-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

His research has included the application and validation of in-house and commercial codes to the flow and heat transfer in generic models of gas-turbine internal cooling air systems.

He has also collaborated with IRPHE, Marseille, and the Tokyo University of Science on the application to rotating flows of anisotropic models of turbulence and more direct methods of simulation, as part of joint projects supported by Royal Society exchange programmes.

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Projects 2008 2020

Research Output 1986 2019

Compressed air motors

Flow Instabilities in Gas Turbine Chute Seals

Horwood, J., Hualca Tigsilema, F. P., Wilson, M., Scobie, J., Sangan, C., Lock, G., Dahlqvist, J. & Fridh, J., 17 Jun 2019, Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo 2019: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 14 p. GT2019-90982

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

Unsteady Computation of Ingress Through Turbine Rim Seals

Horwood, J., Hualca Tigsilema, F. P., Wilson, M., Scobie, J., Sangan, C. & Lock, G., 11 Jun 2018, Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo 2018: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition. GT2018-75321

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

11 Citations (Scopus)

Design of an improved turbine rim-seal

Scobie, J. A., Teuber, R., Li, Y. S., Sangan, C. M., Wilson, M. & Lock, G. D., 1 Feb 2016, In : Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power: Transactions of the ASME. 138, 2, p. 1-10 10 p., 022503.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle



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



A Formulation for Efficient Adaptive Metamodelling in Engineering Design

Author: Makin, T., 23 Apr 2014

Supervisor: Kim, H. (Supervisor) & Wilson, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


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


Computation of Rim-sealed Ingestion for Gas Turbines

Author: Teuber, R., 15 Sep 2014

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

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Convective Heat Transfer in a Rotating Annulus

Author: King, M. P., 2003

Supervisor: Wilson, M. (Supervisor) & Owen, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Hot gas ingress through turbine rim seals: Heat transfer and fluid dynamics

Author: Cho, G., 15 Jan 2015

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

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD