Department of Mechanical Engineering

Stuart Norris

Senior Lecturer


Contact details

Room 401.703
City Campus
20 Symonds Street

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 89652



Stuart grew up in the shadow of Huntly Powerstation, and is heir to a family tradition of engineering and the sea. He was educated in New Zealand and Australia, and before returning to the Mechanical Engineering department, he worked as a research engineer in the Bioengineering Institute, a scientific programmer for a special effects studio in Los Angeles, a computer administrator at the University of New South Wales, and as a grave digger for the Otahuhu City Council.


BE Mechanical Engineering, The University of Auckland (1990)
ME Mechanical Engineering, The University of Auckland (1993)
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Sydney (2000)

Research interests

  • Computational fluid dynamics using finite volume techniques
  • Sail aerodynamics
  • Parallel computing using MPI, HPF and OpenMP
  • ALE (Arbitary Legrangian-Eularian) techniques
  • Volumetric methods

Research groups


Selected publications

Journal Papers:
Hattori, T, Bartos, N, Norris, SE, Kirkpatrick, MP, Armfield, SW, Experimental and numerical investigation of unsteady behaviour in the near-field of pure thermal planar plumes, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, DOI: 10.1016/j.expthermflusci.2012.12.005, 2013

Storey, R, Norris, SE, Stol, K; Cater, JE, Large Eddy Simulation of Dynamically Controlled Wind Turbines in an Offshore Environment, Wind Energy, DOI: 10.1002/we.1525, 2012.

Williamson, N, Norris, SE, Armfield, SW, Kirkpatrick, MP, Lateral circulation in a stratified open channel on a 120° bend, Water Resources Research, 48, W12512, 2012.

Norris, SE, Richards, PJ, Mallinson, GD, Improved Finite Volume Discretisations of Entropy Generation and Turbulence Production, Computers and Fluids, 49, pp302-311, 2011

Norris, SE, Were, CJ, Richards, PJ, Mallinson, GD, A Voronoi based ALE solver for the calculation of incompressible flow on deforming unstructured meshes, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 65, pp1160-1179, 2011

Richards, PJ, Norris, SE, Appropriate boundary conditions for computational wind engineering models revisited, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 99, pp257-266, 2011

Norris, SE, The effect of non-uniform viscosity on stagnation point pressure, ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, 133, 044501, 2011

Norris, SE, Mallinson, GD, Volumetric Methods for Evaluating Energy Loss and Heat Transfer in Cavity Flows. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 54(12), 1407-1423, 2007.

Book Chapter:
Mallinson, GD, Norris, SE, Fundamentals of Computational Fluid Dynamics in Mathematical Modeling of Food Processing, CRC Press, 2010, p117-169.

Conference Papers:
Mallinson, GD, Norris, SE, Pressure work and viscous dissipation influences on flow energy and entropy balances, 12th International Symposium on Advances in Computational Heat Transfer, Bath, England, 1 July – 6 July 2012.

Norris, SE, Richards, PJ, CFD Models of Downwind Sail Aerodynamics using Eddy Viscosity and Reynolds Stress Models, 4th High Performance Yacht Design Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 12 March - 14 March 2012.

Norris, SE, Storey, RC, Stol, K, Cater, JE, Modelling Gusts Moving Through Wind Farms, 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the 30th ASME Wind Energy. Symposium, Nashville, TN, USA, 9 January - 12 January 2012.

Norris, SE, Deans, J, Mallinson, GD, The Effect of Discrete Porosity on Free Convection up a Heated Plate with Suction, 7th International Conference on Heat and Mass Transfer, Istanbul, Turkey, 18 July - 22 July 2011.

Professional affiliations

  • RINA
  • AFMS



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