Department of Mechanical Engineering

Gordon Mallinson



Contact details

Room 401.906
City Campus
20 Symonds Street

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88148
Mobile: + 64 21 859 122


Gordon Mallinson joined The University of Auckland in 1982 following 15 years at the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation’s Aeronautical Research Laboratories, where his research involved heat transfer, fluid mechanics and structural reliability. His international research reputation is in the fields of computational fluid dynamics, visualisation and computer graphics. He has been a consultant to organisations such as aneurIST Europe, AEA Technology UK, BHP and COMALCO in Australia, Fisher and Paykel Appliances and Gough Technology Ltd and holds patents for flow devices. Recent and current research includes flow feature extraction algorithms, CFD predictions of biomedical flows, and entropy based methods for estimating irreversible losses in flows. He is on the Editorial Boards of Applied Mathematical Modelling, Computational Thermal Sciences and Thermopedia which is a new online resource for heat and mass transfer, fluid flow and thermodynamics.

His teaching responsibilities have included Heat Transfer, Applied Fluid Dynamics, Thermofluids, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Real Time Software Design, Machines and Mechanisms, Computer Aided Design and Control. He introduced Computer Aided Design into the Mechanical Engineering curriculum and was one of the staff members who established Machines and Mechanisms. He established graduate courses in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Computer Graphics and is currently contributing to the creation of a new MEngSt specialisation on Medical Devices and Technologies.

Professor Mallinson was been the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from February 2005 to February 2012. He was the inaugural Faculty Advisor for The University of Auckland Formula SAE team that was established in 2004 and has brought home trophies from 5 of the 6 Australasian events it has entered. He is very active in IT at Faculty and University levels having been the long term Chair of the Faculty of Engineering IT Committee, member and Deputy Chair of the IT Strategy and Policy VC Advisory Committee, Chair of the eResearch Task Force and the eResearch Executive Committee.


BSc (Hons) Well 1967
PhD UNSW 1973

Research interests

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • CFD visualisation and computer graphics
  • Thermo fluid dynamics
  • Biomedical fluid mechanics

Research groups

  • Computational Fluid Mechanics and Visualisation
  • Yacht Research Unit
  • Energy and Fuels Research Unit


  • MECHENG 223 Machines and Mechanisms
  • MECHENG 447 Manufacturing and Industrial Processes

Selected publications

NORRIS, S.E., WERE, C.J., MALLINSON, G.D. and RICHARDS, P.J., An Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian Solver for the Computation of Incompressible Flow on Unstructured Deforming Meshes, International Journal of Numerical Methods in Fluids DOI:10.1002/fld.2234, 2010.

MALLINSON, G.D., Vector Lines and Potentials for Computational Heat Transfer Visualisation, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 52, p4008-4020, 2009.

STAAL, R.A., MALLINSON, G.D. JAYARAMAN, K., and HORRIGAN, D.P.W,, Predicting Failure Loads of Undamaged Sandwich Honeycomb Panels Subject to Bending, Journal for Sandwich Structures and Materials, 11, p73-104, 2009.

MALLINSON, G.D., CFD Visualisation: Challenges of Complex 3D and 4D Data Fields, International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics, 22, (1), p49-59, 2008.


  • Deputy Chair, Information Technology Strategy and Policy Committee
  • Member Academic Heads Advisory Group
  • Chair eResearch Executive Committee
  • Chair, Faculty of Engineering Information Technology Strategy and Policy Committee
  • Member, Motor Industry Training Organisation (Inc) Reference Group

Professional affiliations

  • Member IEEE

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