The Danckwerts-Pergamon Prize is awarded by the Department each year for the best PhD dissertation on a subject connected with Chemical Engineering. The winner is chosen from those students who gained their PhDs in the preceding calendar year.
Alasdair Campbell is the winner of the Danckwerts-Pergamon Prize for 2007 for his dissertation: The effects of natural convection on low temperature combustion. The work was supervised by Dr Silvana Cardoso, with assistance from Prof. Allan Hayhurst. Previous winners of the prize from the Fluids and Environment Group include Miranda Chow in 2003 and Mansel Rogerson in 2002.
Alasdair's work used a combination of analytical and numerical techniques to investigate the effects of natural convection on 'cool flames' which are a feature of the low temperature combustion of hydrocarbons. An understanding of cool flames is vital in several fields including process safety, the improvement of combustion efficiency and in several novel technologies. Alasdair's work represents the first comprehensive investigation of the effects of natural convection on cool flames.
Alasdair is now a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Fluids and Environment Group and a Research Fellow of Girton College. He is working with Dr Cardoso and Dr Barrie, on a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, on entrainment in reactive turbulent plumes.