Department of Mechanical Engineering

Pountney O cms

Contact details:

Room: 4E 3.28
Phone: +44 (0) 1225 385596

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Turbomachinery technologies
  • Fluid dynamics and heat transfer
  • Film and internal cooling
  • Flow visualisation and thermal imaging techniques

Dr Oliver Pountney

MEng, PhD

Oliver is a Prize Fellow in Gas Turbine Engineering and a member of the Turbomachinery Research Centre. His research focuses on fluid dynamics and heat transfer in gas turbines.


Oliver carried out a PhD in modelling and measurement of heat transfer in rotor-stator systems in the Turbomachinery Research Group at Bath. Following his PhD he spent three years in industry working on fluid dynamic and heat transfer related problems for a range of companies, including Airbus and Rolls-Royce.

He returned to the University of Bath in 2015 as a Post-Doctoral Researcher investigating the interaction of mainflow and egress flow paths in a turbine with end-wall contouring.

Oliver was appointed a 50th Anniversary Prize Fellow in August 2016.


Oliver is interested in the experimental modelling of gas turbine fluid dynamic phenomena with a view to scale experimental measurements from rig to engine operating conditions. Specific topics of interest include:

  • Fluid dynamics and heat transfer in turbine secondary air systems
  • Film and internal cooling
  • Interaction between main and egress flow paths in high pressure turbines with end-wall contouring
  • The use of thermochromic liquid crystals and infrared thermography for flow visualisation and heat transfer measurements

His research is conducted with the following key objectives:

  • To further scientific understanding within the gas turbine and wider academic communities through publication
  • Assisting engine designers in their goal of improving gas turbine operating efficiency


  • MEng in Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath


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