Dr Aldo Rona

Associate Professor Fluid Dynamics and Turbomachinery

Department: Engineering, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2510



I received a 1st class B.Eng.(Hons) from the Department of Aeronautics City University and a Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics University of Southampton. As EPSRC Research Fellow at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics University of Southampton (1996-1997) I studied vortex boundary layer interactions by laser velocimerty. I developed time-resolved numerical models of unsteady transonic flows as EU Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of Aeronautics and Aerospace von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics Belgium (1998). After that he moved to the Department of Engineering University of Leicester as Lecturer (1998-2010) Senior Lecturer (2010-2016) and then Associate Professor.


Dr Rona coordinated the ""Aeronautical Trainning Network in aerodynamic noise from widebody civil aircraft"" AeroTraNet 2 project (2012-2016). Funded by a €2.8M FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN grant from the European Commission this Marie Curie Integrated Training Network of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) trained 11 Early Stage Researchers and 1 Experienced Researcher in modelling shock-associated noise and in the knowledge capturing and knowledge management of the research output. Dr Rona and Prof. S.V. Hainsworth (PI) set up and opened in 2014 the Advanced Structural Dynamics Evaluation Centre (ASDEC) at the MIRA Technology Park Nuneaton. Funded by £1.07M Regional Growth Fund and £0.25M European Regional Development Fund grants ASDEC is the first UK centre providing access to robot 3D Laser Doppler Velocimetry to industry SME and research institutes.




Ali, A.M., Angelino, M., Rona, A., Numerical analysis on the thermal performance of microchannel heat sinks with Al2O3 nanofluid and various fins, Applied Thermal Engineering, Article 117458, Accepted 11 July 2021, ISSN 139-4311, doi: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2021.117458.

Ali, A.M., Rona, A., Kadhim, H.K., Angelino, M., Gao, S., Thermo-hydraulic performance of a circular microchannel heat sink using swirl flow and nanofluid, Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol. 191, June 2021, Article 116817, ISSN: 1359-4311, doi: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2021.116817.

Kadhim, H.K., Jabbar, F.A., Rona, A., Cu-Al2O3 hybrid nanofluid natural convection in an inclined enclosure with wavy walls partially layered by porous medium, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Vol. 186, November 2020, Article 105889, ISSN: 0020-7403, doi: 10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2020.105889.

Rona, A., El-Dosoky, M.F.F., Adebayo, D.S., A hybrid RANS model of wing-body junction flow, European Journal of Mechanics / B Fluids, Vol. 79, January-February 2020, pp. 283-296, ISSN: 0997-7546, doi: 10.1016/j.euromechflu.2019.09.014.

Obaida, H.M., Rona, A., Gostelow, J.P., Loss reduction in a 1.5 stage axial turbine by computer driven stator hub contouring, J. Turbomach., Vol. 141, June 2019, pp. 061009-1 061009-11, ISSN 0889-504X (Print) eISSN 1528-8900 (Online), doi: 10.1115/1.4042305.

Corno, A.F., Owen, M.J., Cangiani, A., Hall, E.J.C., Rona, A., Physiological Fontan procedure, Frontiers in Pediatrics, Section: Pediatric Cardiology, Vol. 7, Article 196, May 2019, pp. 1-9, ISSN (Electronic) 2296-2360, doi: 10.3389/fped.2019.00196.

Kawase, M., Rona, A., Numerical optimization of a stall margin enhancing recirculation channel for an axial compressor, Fluids, Special Issue: Turbomachinery Flow Analysis, Vol. 4, No. 2, Article 88, May 2019, pp. 1-19, ISSN (Electronic) 2311-5521, doi:

Kawase, M., Rona, A., Effect of a recirculating type casing treatment on a highly loaded axial compressor rotor, International Journal of Turbomachinery, Propulsion and Power, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Article no. 5, March 2019, pp. 1-23, ISSN 2504-186X, doi: 10.3390/ijtpp4010005.

Adebayo, D.S., Al-Ameri, J., Tyukin, I., Rona, A., Linear stability analysis of the flow between rotating cylinders of wide gap, European Journal of Mechanics / B Fluids, Vol. 72, November-December 2018, pp. 567-575, ISSN 0997-7546, doi: 10.1016/j.euromechflu.2018.07.002.

Kadhim, H.T., Rona, A., Off-design performance of a liquefied natural gas plant with an axial turbine of novel endwall design, Applied Energy, Vol. 222, July 2018, pp. 830-839, ISSN 0306-2619, doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.03.077.

Kadhim, H.T., Rona, A., Design optimization workflow and performance analysis for contoured end-walls of axial turbines, Energy, Vol. 149, April 2018, pp. 875-889, ISSN 0360-5442, doi: 10.1016/

Adebayo, D.S., Rona, A.: Numerical investigation of the three-dimensional pressure distribution in Taylor Couette flow, ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, Vol. 139, No. 11, November 2017, pp. 111201-1 - 111201-10, ISSN 0021-9223, doi: 10.1115/1.4037083.

Rona, A., Spisso, I., Hall, E., Bernardini, M., Pirozzoli, S.: Optimised prefactored compact schemes for linear wave propagation phenomena, Journal of Computational Physics, Vol. 328, January 2017, pp. 66-85, ISSN 0021-9991, doi: 10.1016/



Computational Fluid Dynamics Finite-volume shock-capturing mesh-adaptive schemes Aeroacoustics Large Eddy Simulations of unsteady acoustically active flows Finite-difference pre-factored compact schemes for computational aero-acoustics Turbomachiey CFD methods for turbomachinery aerodynamics Renewable Energy and Sustainability CFD methods for the design of wind and water turbines Heat transfer enhancement of microchannel heat sinks with nanofluids Medical application of fluid dynamics Subject-specific CFD evaluation of the haemodynamics through CT scan/4D MRI segmented major arteries pre and post surgical re-vascularisation


"Postgraduate 2002-2021: EG7029 Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics 2020-2021: EG742 Advanced Gas Turbines Undergraduate 2014-2021: EG2112 Dynamics and Thermofluids 2010-2021: EG4122 Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics 2020-2021: EG4421 Holistic Aeroengine Design"

Press and media

Specialties: noise unsteadyaerodynamics turbineturbomachinery computational fluid dynamics CFD aeroacoustics aero-acoustics


Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Grants and Awards (2014- 2020-2024: Sulis: An EPSRC platform for ensemble computing delivered by HPC Midlands+ UKRI EPSRC EP/T022108/1 D. Quigley (PI) M. Weigel A.J. Morris S. D. Kenny A. Rona J. Hirst A.E. Phillips £3000000. 2019-2021: LOng-Term anatomical fluid dynamics for new Univentricular heartS palliation (LOTUS) UK-Malaysia Health Research Partnership 2019 Medical Research Council (MRC) A. Cangiani (PI) A. Rona P. Houston S. Ali H.L. van Aster K.A. Sayuti A. H. Shamsuddin A. Alias M. R. Mohd Zain I. Tyukin E. Hall £322383. 2018-2021: Leicester students design and race Formula 1 aerodynamics cars [awarded] A. Rona (PI) I. Annetts Leicester Endowment and Annual Funds Awards Committee £19500. 2016-2021: Proposal for a Tier 2 Centre - HPC Midlands Plus [awarded] A. Rona S. Kenny (PI) R.L. Johnston D. Quigley J.D. Hirst M.T. Dove M. Eberhard EPSRC £3200000. 2015-2018: Visiting Professorship in Motorsport Aerodynamics A. Rona (PI) H.V. Atkinson Royal Academy of Engineering £30000. 2014-2018: Industrial mathematics KTN industrial CASE studentship award A. Rona E.H. Georgoulis (PI) E.H. Hall EPSRC £92667.


Zavalan L.F. Rona A. A workflow for designing contoured axisymmetric nozzles for effective cold spray coatings ECS2021 14th European Coatings Symposium Brussels 7-9 Sept. 2021. Extended abstract. Zavalan L.F. Rona A. A contoured nozzle design method for effective cold spray metal coating ICLASS 2021 15th Triennial International Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems Edinburgh UK 29 Aug. - 2 Sept. 2021. Zavalan L.F. Rona A. Parametric redesign of a convergent-divergent cold spray nozzle Thermal Spray 2021: Proceedings from the International Thermal Spray Conference edited by: F. Azarmi X. Chen J. Cizek C. Cojocaru B. Jodoin H. Koivuluoto Y. Lau R. Fernandez O. Ozdemir H. Salami Jazi and F. Toma American Society for Metals (ASM) online event 24-28 May 2021 doi: 10.31399/asm.cp.itsc2021p0221. Zavalan L.F. Rona A. Improving Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing with a Nozzle Designed by the Method of Characteristics 4th Postgraduate Research Symposium on Ferrous Metallurgy Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3) online event 23 February 2021. Oral presentation and abstract.


Methods Computational Fluid Dynamics: In-house CFD code Cosmic Computational Aeroacoustics (CAA): In-house Ffowcs Williams Hawkings code LeicesterCAA Measurement techniques: Aeroacoustics Compressible flows Low speed flows Applications Transonic aerodynamics: Cylinder wakes Aircraft store bay flows Cavity flows Single and dual-stream jets Turbomachinery: Turbine cascade aerodynamics turbine stage design tools Axial compressor design tools Taylor Couette instability Subsonic aerodynamics: Automobile cavity flow Bluff bodies Civil aircraft cavity flow transition Technology development Internal combustion engines turbochargers


Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Chartered Engineer
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