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Biography

David is an experimental fluid dynamicist with particular expertise in wind tunnel and field aerodynamic and aero-acoustic testing. His primary research themes are wind engineering and industrial aerodynamics, including building, vehicle and sports aerodynamics. He also has an interest in design and the societal and regulatory context of engineering. 
 
For over ten years, in his role as the Monash Wind Tunnel Research Platform (MWTRP) Manager he has managed the administrative, technical and research components of a diverse range of aerodynamic projects spanning the spectrum from very applied to purely fundamental. The ISO9001 accredited research platform consists of two large wind tunnel, including the Monash Wind Tunnel (largest facility of its type in Southern Hemisphere); CNC machining, manufacturing and rapid prototyping; and a staff made up of postgraduate engineering students, designers, technical officers and postdoctoral researchers. The MWTRP provides aerodynamic testing (and numerical simulation) and research services to a broad range of industries, including: automotive, defence, building and construction, unmanned aerial vehicles, wind energy, and sports performance.The success of the platform demands a balance between commercial testing, consulting and research, education and fundamental research activities. 

Research area keywords

  • Aerodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Wind Engineering
  • Fuel Consumption
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • CFD
  • Experiment
  • Wind
  • Storms
  • Cyclones
  • Flow Control
  • Drag
  • Train
  • Rail
  • Car
  • Automotive
  • Heavy Vehicle
  • Truck
  • Bluff Bodies
  • Cycling
  • Sports
  • Wind Energy
  • Wind Turbine
  • Industrial Research

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Research Output 2003 2019

Aerodynamic test results of bicycle helmets in different configurations: Towards a responsive design

Novak, J., Burton, D. & Crouch, T., 1 Jun 2019, In : Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology. 233, 2, p. 268-276 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A numerical model for the time-dependent wake of a pedalling cyclist

Griffith, M. D., Crouch, T. N., Burton, D., Sheridan, J., Brown, N. A. T. & Thompson, M. C., 9 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Flow structure between freight train containers with implications for aerodynamic drag

Maleki, S., Burton, D. & Thompson, M. C., 1 May 2019, In : Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. 188, p. 194-206 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Siting wind turbines near cliffs: The effect of ruggedness

Rowcroft, J., Burton, D., Blackburn, H. M. & Sheridan, J., 1 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Fluids Engineering. 141, 3, 13 p., 031104.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

The influence of reduced Reynolds number on the wake of the DrivAer estate vehicle

Avadiar, T., Thompson, M. C., Sheridan, J. & Burton, D., 1 May 2019, In : Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. 188, p. 207-216 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review