Philip Rubini

Professor Philip Rubini

Professor, Director of Studies and Deputy Head of Chemical Engineering

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Engineering and Computer Science

Summary

Professor Philip Rubini is Director Studies and Deputy Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering 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 played a major role in the preparation and successful launch of undergraduate and MSc programmes in chemical engineering at the University. He is a Fellow of the IChemE, past Chairman of the IChemE Humber Region Committee and a member of the IChemE team of accreditation assessors. He is also Chairman of the IET Humber Region Committee and through these combined roles actively promotes the role of the Professional Engineer to students and membership and participation within the professional institutions, especially through the IChemE.

Professor Rubini is a 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.

Professor Rubini was featured in an episode of the BBC2 programme, "Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections", filmed at the MIRA Wind Tunnel test facility. He has contributed to a number of features on the local BBC Radio Humberside.

Undergraduate

Professor Rubini is Director of Studies for the Department of Chemical Engineering. He contributes to teaching across both Chemical and Mechanical Engineering undergraduate and MSc programmes.

“Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer”, (Level 7), (20 credits), (50 hours)

"Thermodynamics" (Mechanical Engineering), (Level 4), (10 credits), (25 hours)

"Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering" (Energy Balances)", (Level 4), (5 credits)(12 hours)

“Transport Processes 2" (Heat Transfer) (Level 5), (5 credits), (12 hours)

Project Supervision

" Chemical Engineering Design Project", two project groups (12 students).

Undergraduate MEng and BEng final year projects for both Chemical and Mechanical Engineering. Typically 10 projects per year on subjects in the broad fields of the application of CFD to fluid flow, aerodynamics, heat transfer, combustion and fire safety.

Journal Article

A model to predict acoustic resonant frequencies of distributed Helmholtz resonators on gas turbine engines

Wang, J., Rubini, P., Qin, Q., & Houston, B. (2019). A model to predict acoustic resonant frequencies of distributed Helmholtz resonators on gas turbine engines. Applied Sciences, 9(7), 1419. https://doi.org/10.3390/app9071419

Experimental and numerical investigation of Helmholtz resonators and perforated liners as attenuation devices in industrial gas turbine combustors

Houston, B., Wang, J., Qin, Q., & Rubini, P. (2015). Experimental and numerical investigation of Helmholtz resonators and perforated liners as attenuation devices in industrial gas turbine combustors. Fuel, 151, 31-39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2014.12.001

Large Eddy Simulation of acoustic pulse propagation and turbulent flow interaction in expansion mufflers

Singh, N. K., & Rubini, P. (2015). Large Eddy Simulation of acoustic pulse propagation and turbulent flow interaction in expansion mufflers. Applied acoustics. Acoustique appliqué. Angewandte Akustik, 98(November), 6-19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apacoust.2015.04.015

A dynamic HAZOP case study using the Texas City refinery explosion

Isimite, J., Rubini, P., & Isimite, J. O. (2016). A dynamic HAZOP case study using the Texas City refinery explosion. Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, 40(March), 496-501. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jlp.2016.01.025

Application of a porous media model for the acoustic damping of perforated plate absorbers

Wang, J., Rubini, P., & Qin, Q. (2017). Application of a porous media model for the acoustic damping of perforated plate absorbers. Applied acoustics. Acoustique appliqué. Angewandte Akustik, 127, 324-335. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apacoust.2017.07.003

Research interests

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Application of CFD to practical engineering problems including fluid flow, aerodynamics, aerothermal acoustics, combustion, heat transfer, fire safety.

Postgraduate supervision

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)

https://hydra.hull.ac.uk/resources/hull:16076

- Collins C, C. Collins, Scour protection around offshore wind turbine foundations, 2011 - 2016

https://hydra.hull.ac.uk/resources/hull:16530

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

https://hydra.hull.ac.uk/resources/hull:11407

- 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)

https://hydra.hull.ac.uk/resources/hull:5841

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

https://hydra.hull.ac.uk/resources/hull:5806

- 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)