Dr Stuart Norris

BE (Hons), ME (Dist), PhD


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 systems administrator at the University of New South Wales, and as a garbo for the Otahuhu City Council.

His interests are the development and application of computational techniques for the solution of heat and fluid flow, and their application to heat transfer and yacht aerodynamics problems.


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

Research | Current

Research groups

Showcase of Research at NeSI

Teaching | Current

  • MechEng 211 Thermofluids
  • MechEng 311 Thermal Engineering
  • MechEng 711 Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • MechEng 712 Aero-hydrodynamics
  • MechEng 713 Energy Technology

Postgraduate supervision

Graduate Studies

Inquisitive and enthusiastic students wishing to study for a PhD or Masters degree can email me directly including a CV and an academic transcript.

Projects on the development, implimentation and application of DNS methods are available in conjunction with the University of Sydney, and will involve study at both Auckland and Sydney.

Projects in yacht aerodynamics are available for experienced sailors.

Further projects are available in the following areas:

  • Development of methodologies for modelling heat and fluid flow
  • Buoyancy driven flows
  • Convective heat transfer

You can find a listing of projects in the FindaThesis website, or by searching by my name on the faculty research project website.


Faculty of Engineering Top Teacher award 2016, 2013.


Faculty research committee.

Postgraduate advisor (Taught) for Mechanical Engineering

Areas of expertise

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Aerodynamics and fluid mechanics
  • Heat transfer

Committees/Professional groups/Services


Professional affiliations

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Nava, S., Cater, J. E., & Norris, S. E. (2018). Large Eddy Simulation of an asymmetric spinnaker. OCEAN ENGINEERING, 169, 99-109. 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2018.08.060
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44998
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Cater
  • Nava, S., Cater, J. E., & Norris, S. E. (2017). Modelling Leading Edge Separation on a Flat Plate and Yacht Sails using LES. International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, 65, 299-308. 10.1016/j.ijheatfluidflow.2016.12.004
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33427
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Cater
  • Norris, S. E., & Durand, C. (2016). Aerodynamic interference of yachts sailing upwind on opposing tacks. Paper presented at 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Perth, Australia. 5 December - 8 December 2016. Related URL.
  • Storey, R. C., Cater, J. E., & Norris, S. E. (2016). Large eddy simulation of turbine loading and performance in a wind farm. Renewable Energy, 95, 31-42. 10.1016/j.renene.2016.03.067
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28647
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Cater
  • Richards, P. J., & Norris, S. E. (2015). Appropriate boundary conditions for a pressure driven boundary layer. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 142, 43-52. 10.1016/j.jweia.2015.03.003
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32167
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Richards
  • Storey, R. C., Norris, S. E., & Cater, J. E. (2015). An actuator sector method for efficient transient wind turbine simulation. Wind Energy, 18 (4), 699-711. 10.1002/we.1722
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Cater
  • Williamson, N., Armfield, S. W., Kirkpatrick, M. P., & Norris, S. E. (2015). Transition to stably stratified states in open channel flow with radiative surface heating. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 766, 528-555. 10.1017/jfm.2014.711
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25595
  • Hattori, T., Norris, S. E., Kirkpatrick, M., & Armfield, S. (2013). Prandtl number dependence and instability mechanism of the near-field flow in a planar thermal plume. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 732, 105-127. 10.1017/jfm.2013.392


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 7, Room 703
New Zealand

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