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

Previous Teaching

  • MechEng 712 Aero-hydrodynamics
  • MechEng 713 Energy Technology
  • MechEng 715 Building Services
  • MechEng 771 Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics
  • MechEng 774 Small Craft Naval Architecture

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.

  • Development of methods for modelling heat and fluid flow
  • Buoyancy driven flows
  • Convective heat transfer
  • Yacht aerodynamics

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
  • Engineering New Zealand

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Ke, J., Williamson, N., Armfield, S. W., Norris, S. E., & Komiya, A. (2020). Law of the wall for a temporally evolving vertical natural convection boundary layer. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 902.10.1017/jfm.2020.621
  • Ke, J., Williamson, N., Armfield, S., McBain, G. D., & Norris, S. E. (2019). Stability of a temporally evolving natural convection boundary layer on an isothermal wall. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 877, 1163-1185. 10.1017/jfm.2019.639
  • Norris, S. E., Richards, P. J., Durand, C., & Galley, L. (2019). Aerodynamic interference of yachts sailing upwind on opposite tacks. Ocean Engineering, 18810.1016/j.oceaneng.2019.106286
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48235
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Richards
  • 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
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Cater
  • Pelmard, J., Norris, S., & Friedrich, H. (2018). LES grid resolution requirements for the modelling of gravity currents. Computers and Fluids, 174, 256-270. 10.1016/j.compfluid.2018.08.005
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Joe Pelmard, Heide Friedrich
  • 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
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Cater
  • 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
    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
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Richards


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 9, Room 963
New Zealand

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