Mr Nicholas John Kay

BE(Hons) Auck.

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Biography

Nicholas Kay is a Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, specialising in the Aerodynamics of Low Reynolds Number Aerofoils, such as can be found on small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). His work focuses on Wind Tunnel experimental studies, supported by Matlab simulations.

He started his Doctoral studies in 2017, after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Auckland (Bachelor of Engineering (Honours, 1st class) - Mechanical) in 2015. His experience includes UAV icing studies and systems work in addition to his current unsteady flow research. Additional to UAV experience, he worked in a design and development role at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare between studies, gaining additional practical experience in the engineering field.

Research | Current

His current reserach focuses on the unsteady aerodynamics of small UAV wings. This predominantley covers the effects of onset turbulence and unsteady pitching, simulating real-world flight conditions in the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel at the Newmarket Campus. This is intended to expand the safe operation of UAVs in adverse weather.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Kay, N. J., Oo, N. L., Richards, P. J., & Sharma, R. N. (2020). Characteristics of fluctuating pressure measurement systems utilising lengths of 3D-Printed tubing. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 199.10.1016/j.jweia.2020.104121
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Richards, Rajnish Sharma
  • Kay, N. J., Oo, N. L., Gill, M. S., Richards, P. J., & Sharma, R. N. (2020). Robustness of the digital filter to differing calibration flows. JOURNAL OF WIND ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIAL AERODYNAMICS, 19710.1016/j.jweia.2019.104061
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Richards, Rajnish Sharma
  • Kay, N. J., Richards, P. J., & Sharma, R. N. (2020). Influence of Turbulence on Cambered and Symmetrical Airfoils at Low Reynolds Numbers. AIAA Journal, online first10.2514/1.J058822
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Richards, Rajnish Sharma
  • Kay, N. J., Richards, P. J., & Sharma, R. N. (2020). Effect of Turbulence and Sinusoidal Pitching on Low-Reynolds-Number Lift. AIAA Journal, online first10.2514/1.J059169
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Richards, Rajnish Sharma
  • Kay, N. J., Richards, P., & Sharma, R. (2020). Turbulence and Sinusoidal Pitching: the effect on Low Reynolds number Wings. AIAA SciTech 2020 Forum Orlando, FL. 10.2514/6.2020-2216
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Richards, Rajnish Sharma
  • Oo, N. L., Kay, N. J., Brenkley, A. J., & Sharma, R. N. (2018). Investigation into the behaviour of an iced low Reynolds number aerofoil. IMAV2018 : 10th International Micro Air Vehicle Competition and Conference Melbourne, Australia. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rajnish Sharma

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RAY MEYER BUILDING - Bldg 901
Level 6, Room 615
262 KHYBER PASS
NEWMARKET
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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