Professor Philip Rubini

Professor Philip Rubini

Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering

01482 465818

Professor Philip Rubini is Head of Chemical Engineering within the School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Hull.

A Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IChemE, he has more than 30 years of experience in the development and application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to practical engineering problems.

Professor Rubini has developed and launched new undergraduate and MSc programmes in chemical engineering at Hull, in liaison with industry in the Humber region.


Research Interests

  • Fluid mechanics

  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)

  • Thermodynamics

  • Heat transfer

  • Combustion

  • Fire safety

  • Acoustics


Wang J, Rubini P, Qin Q, 'A New Computational Fluid Dynamics Method for the Modelling of Gas Turbine Combustor Perforated Liners', Applied Acoustics, vol 127, pp 324-335, DOI:10.1016/j.apacoust.2017.07.003 (2017)

Isimite J, Rubini P, 'A Dynamic HAZOP Case Study Using the Texas City Refinery Explosion', Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, DOI: 10.1016/j.jlp.2016.01.025 (2016)

Rubini P, Singh N, 'Large Eddy Simulation of Acoustic Pulse Propagation and Turbulent Flow Interaction in Expansion Mufflers', Applied Acoustics, vol 98, pp 6-19, DOI: 10.1016/j.apacoust.2015.04.015 (2015)

Rubini P, Bruce E, Collins C, 'Application of CFD to Marine Hydrodynamics Including Vertical Axis Turbines and Scour', The Seventh International Exergy, Energy and Environment Symposium, University of Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis, France (2015)

Houston B, Wang J, Qin Q, Rubini P, 'Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Helmholtz Resonators and Perforated Liners as Attenuation Devices in Industrial Gas Turbine Combustors', Fuel, vol 151, pp 31-39 (2015)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer (all Engineering students)

  • Thermodynamics (Mechanical Engineering)

  • Heat Transfer (Chemical Engineering)

  • Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering - Thermodynamics and Energy Balances

  • Energy Generation from Conventional and Renewable Fuels, Combustion and Power Generation

  • Final Year Projects (MEng and BEng)

Research PhDs

Prof Rubini supervises PhD research projects across a broad selection of topics. Applications are always welcome for PhD, MPhil and MSc by Research degrees in all topics related to the application and development of CFD for thermo-fluids, heat transfer, process systems, gas turbines, combustion and fire safety to practical engineering problems. Please contact him directly to discuss opportunities, topics and available funding.

Completed PhDs

  • Wiang J, Oxygen Rich Combustion Instability CFD Study for Future CCS Technology, University of Hull (2012-2017)

  • Khan I, The Feasibility of Applying Commercial CFD to Predict Intake and Exhaust High Frequency Noise, University of Hull (2010-2013)

  • Isimite J, Impacts of Virtual Reality Simulation on Safety and Asset Reliability in Refinery Operations, University of Hull (2012-2015)

  • Singh N, Large Eddy Simulation of Acoustic Propagation in Turbulent Flow through Ducts and Mufflers, University of Hull (2012)

  • Zhang Q, Combined Simulation and Experimental Validation of Visibility in Smoke Laden Environments, University of Hull (2010)

  • Badry A, Cartesian Unstructured Methods for Incompressible Flows, PhD, Cranfield University (2007)

  • Sebzali M, Study of Ice Thermal Storage Systems for Kuwait, PhD, Cranfield University (2007)

  • Xezonakis V, Airfoil Optimisation Using Genetic Algorithms, MSc by Research, Cranfield University (2005)

  • Wood J P, Lean Premixed Combustion Models at Elevated Pressure for the Gas Turbine, PhD, Cranfield University (2004)

  • Worthy J A G, Large Eddy Simulation of Buoyant Plumes, PhD, Cranfield University (2003)

  • Rogero J-M, A Genetic Algorithms Based Optimisation Tool for the Preliminary Design of Gas Turbine Combustors, PhD, Cranfield University (2002)

  • Pierson S, Application of Commercial CFD to Improve Gasoline Port Fuel Injector Design and Targeting, PhD, Cranfield University (2002)

  • Pierce J B M, Prediction of Smoke Properties and Obscuration in Compartment Fires, PhD, Cranfield University (2002)

  • Sanderson V E, Turbulence Modelling of Turbulent Buoyant Jets and Compartment Fires, PhD, Cranfield University (2001)

  • Hyde S M, Field Modelling of Carbon Monoxide Production in Vitiated Compartment Fires, PhD, Cranfield University (2000)

  • Alhajraf S, Numerical Simulation of Drifting Sand, PhD, Cranfield University (2000)

  • Lewis M J, Field Modelling of Flame Spread for Enclosure Fires, PhD, Cranfield University (2000)

  • Riley C J, Numerical Modelling of Supercritical Fluid Extraction, PhD, Cranfield University (1998)

  • Stuttaford P J, Preliminary Gas Turbine Combustor Design Using a Network Approach, PhD, Cranfield University (1997)

  • Bressloff N E, CFD Prediction of Coupled Radiation Heat Transfer and Soot Production in Turbulent Flames, PhD, Cranfield University (1996)

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Houston B, Optimisation of Resonant Devices for Attenuation of Gas Turbine Combustor Noise (2011- )

  • Bruce E, Optimisation of Vertical Axis Marine Turbines (2012- )

  • Collins C, Scour Protection around Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations (2011-2017)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • Degree in Chemical Engineering and Fuel Technology, University of Sheffield

  • PhD - Computational Fluid Dynamics

External roles

  • Chairman of the IChemE Hull and Humber Regional Member Group

  • Chairman of the IET Hull and Humber Local Network

Professional highlights

Prof Rubini is the major contributor to the lecture series, CFD Modelling of Fires, in the Department of Fire Safety Engineering, Lund University, Sweden. He has contributed to this course on an annual basis since its formation as an EU-funded course, CECOST, in 1999.

The course is now recognised throughout Northern Europe as one of the leading fire safety simulation course and continues to be very successful, attracting both employees of fire consultancies and Lund University students.

Following on from the success of the course in Sweden, a series of related CPD courses are now presented in the UK in collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University. Please contact Professor Rubini for further information of CPD courses for CFD modelling of fires.