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Doctor Mark Williamson

Doctor Mark Williamson


Office Phone: 334784


M.A., Ph.D, M.I.Chem.E, C.Eng

Research Interests

Combustion group

Development of novel sensors for industrial combustion systems, CFD modelling of radiant gas burners for use in food processing.

Industry needs sensors that are reliable and robust. My area of interest is the development of sensors for the control of industrial processes in which the water vapour content of the system affects the product quality and/or the process efficiency. This includes baking (food), drying (paper, texiles, ceramics) and boilers (steam generation, space heating).

A second area of research is the devlopment of heating systems for tunnel ovens and driers.  Commercial CFD software (ANSYS CFX) is being used in conjuction with full-size prototype testing to develop optimised gas-fired heating systems. Our aim is to develop a system in which radiant and convective heat transfer to products travelling on a conveyor can be independently adjusted over a wide range without affecting the simultaneous control of water vapour concentration in the atmoaphere surounding the product.


  • Food
  • Sensor
  • Combustion
  • Burner

Key Publications

"Development of an improved heating system for tunnel baking ovens"

Journal of Food Engineering, 2008 

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