Dr Stuart Norris

BE (Hons), ME (Dist), PhD

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Senior Lecturer » Mechanical Engineering

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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 garbo for the Otahuhu City Council.


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

  • Computational fluid dynamics using finite volume techniques
  • Yacht aerodynamics and hydrodynamics
  • Wind turbine aerodynamics
  • Heat transfer

Research groups

Teaching | Current

  • MECHENG 311 Thermal Engineering
  • MECHENG 711 Computational Fluid Dynamics

Areas of expertise

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Aerodynamics and fluid mechanics
  • Heat transfer
  • High performance computing

Committees/Professional groups/Services


Professional affiliations

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

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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
  • 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
  • Storey, R. C., Norris, S. E., & Cater, J. E. (2014). Modelling Turbine Loads during an Extreme Coherent Gust using Large Eddy Simulation. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 524 (1).10.1088/1742-6596/524/1/012177
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22316
  • Storey, R., Norris, S., & Cater, J. E. (2014). An Actuator Sector Method for Efficient Transient Wind Turbine Simulation. Wind Energy. 10.1002/we.1722
  • 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
  • Storey, R., Norris, S., Stol, K., & Cater, J. E. (2013). Large eddy simulation of dynamically controlled wind turbines in an offshore environment. Wind Energy, 16 (6), 845-864. 10.1002/we.1525
  • Williamson, N., Norris, S. E., Armfield, S. W., & Kirkpatrick, M. P. (2012). Lateral circulation in a stratified open channel on a 120° bend. Water Resources Research, 48 (12),10.1029/2012WR012218
  • Norris, S. E., & Richards, P. J. (2012). CFD Models of Downwind Sail Aerodynamics using Eddy Viscosity and Reynolds Stress Models. In P. J. Richards, D. Jowett (Eds.) 4th High Performance Yacht Design Conference, 55-64. Auckland, New Zealand.

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Primary location

Level 7, Room 401-703
Auckland 1010
New Zealand