British Combustion Dudes: (1) Andy McIntosh

I worked with Dr. Andy McIntosh as a postdoctoral research fellow from April 1994 to November 1997 and then from May 1999 to February 2000.

Andy McIntosh of the Department of Fuel & Energy has been appointed to a Chair in Thermodynamics and Combustion Theory with effect from August 1st 2000. Andy graduated in 1973 from the University of Wales (Bangor) in Applied Mathematics, followed by four year in (what was then) the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Bedford, working with the calibration of the 8ftx8ft supersonic flexible liner wind tunnel and the aerodynamic design of various civil and military aircraft. He then did his PhD in Unsteady Premixed Laminar Flames under Professor John Clarke FRS at the College of Aeronautics, Cranfield, graduating in 1981, followed by a brief spell working on wind energy. For a further two years up to 1984 he worked on the theory of unsteady laminar flames at Cranfield, with a brief period after this teaching mathematics at Luton College of Higher Education. His career at the University of Leeds began in January 1986 as a Lecturer in the Department of Fuel and Energy, with promotion to Reader in Combustion Theory in 1995.

Andy's research interests are in the application of mathematical and analytical tools to understanding the fundamentals of combustion, in the areas of the interaction of pressure disturbances (e.g. acoustics) and flames, and ignition - particularly with reference to safety and the danger of explosions. He also has studied widely the dangers of ignition of hazardous substances such as oils leaking onto porous materials or the well-known problem of storage/shipping of coal. More recently his basic interests in fluid dynamics has branched into the modeling of fluidized beds with their applications in many industrial situations. His collaborations have involved colleagues within Fuel and Energy, Mathematics and Chemistry.

From 1994-1997 Andy was Deputy Director of the Centre for Combustion and Energy Studies, within which he has continued to maintain an interest, and encourage collaborative research. He is also an active member of the Centre for Computational Fluid Dynamics.

In August 1996 he was appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA) with Chartered Mathematician status (C.Math), and in July 1998 he was awarded a DSc degree by the University of Wales for his work on the mathematic modelling of unsteady combustion processes within gases, fluids and solids. In October 1999, he was appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Energy (FInstE) and made a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in January of this year.

Andy has published over a hundred scientific publications, and has also further general publicationson the subject of origins, notably his book Genesis for Today, published in 1997.

Reprinted from School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering: School News May 2000.

Andy McIntosh in action using an overhead projector. Andy McIntosh stares quizzically at the audience whilst pulling his trousers up.
Dr. A.C. McIntosh giving a presentation at the Combustion Meeting in Honour of Professor B.F. Gray, 11-12 February 1999, Mollymook, NSW, Australia. Photograph by Mark Nelson.

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