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Zak Mansouri

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

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Dr Zakaria Mansouri is a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering and a member of the Imaging, Materials and Engineering Research Centre (IMEC).

Teaching duties include: Module Leader for Year 3 Individual Engineering Project and Year 4 Individual Industrial/Research Engineering Project. Teaching contributions to Year 1 Solid Mechanics & Dynamics and  Year 2 Industrial Design & Product Case Studies.

Career overview

Dr Zak Mansouri joined NTU in May 2023 as a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering in the School of Science and Technology.

He was a research and teaching fellow in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham. His teaching duties were lecturing "Advanced Propulsion" Year 3 MEng Aerospace Engineering and "Introduction to Aerospace Technology" Year 3 MEng Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of the Gas Turbine and Transmissions Research Centre (G2TRC) hosting Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre.

From 2019 to 2021, he was a senior consultant in Mechanical & Energy Engineering for industrial R&D projects at Abylsen Group, at of the Science and Technology business unit in Lyon, France. During this role, he accomplished a one-year consulting mission at GE Renewable Energy in Grenoble as a CFD and turbomachinery expert working on €2.5 million research projects. His consultancy has contributed to the modernisation of Limmern pumped storage plant turbines in Switzerland and designing the turbines of Kundah hydropower plant in India.

Prior to his consultancy career, Zak was a post-doctoral researcher for one year at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and member of the Department of Thermal Science, Biomass and Hydrogen. He worked on the thermal management of processes. In 2017, Zak was awarded an independent research fellowship of €50,000 funded by the French National Agency for Research (ANR) to work on low-carbon combustion technology.

Zak received his PhD from the University of Laghouat in Algeria in 2016. He was awarded a doctoral scholarship to spend 3 years at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) working on the modelling of swirl-stabilised flames and hydrogen combustion.

Research areas

Research expertise:

  • Combustion and Reacting Flows
  • Turbulent Flows in Turbomachinery
  • Heat Transfer and Thermal Management
  • Aerodynamics and boundary layer
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Experimental Fluid Dynamics

Areas of research interest include:

  • Combustion of zero-carbon fuels such as metal powders, hydrogen and ammonia
  • Design and modelling of micro-thermo-photovoltaic devices for portable power generation
  • Combustor-Turbine interaction in modern aero engines
  • Aerothermal performance and cooling of gas turbines
  • Shape optimisation of turbomachinery components

Zak has published over 20 Journal papers in these areas.

Zak welcomes all opportunities to collaborate on industrial or academic projects. Please contact him directly by email to discuss possible opportunities or for further information.

Information on PhD projects may also be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.

External activity

Learned Society:

Journal Service:

Reviewer for different renowned journals such as (the list is not exhaustive):

  • International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Combustion Science and Technology
  • Combustion and Flame
  • International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow

Sponsors and collaborators

Industrial collaborators include:

  • Lanemark Combustion Engineering Ltd
  • ArcelorMittal
  • Fenix Energy

University partners include:

  • University of Strasbourg, France
  • National Institutes of Science and Technology, France
  • University of Nottingham
  • National Higher School of Technology and Engineering, Algeria


Lee  DS, Love  A, Mansouri  Z, Clarke  THW et al., 2022, High-Productivity Single-Pass Electrochemical Birch Reduction of Naphthalenes in a Continuous Flow Electrochemical Taylor Vortex Reactor, Organic process research & development, Vol.26, 2674-2684, DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.2c00108
Mansouri  Z, Jefferson-Loveday  R, 2022, Heat transfer characteristics of a high-pressure turbine under combined distorted hot-streak and residual swirl: an unsteady computational study, Int journal of heat and mass transfer, Vol.195, 123143, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2022.123143
Mansouri  Z, 2021, Aerodynamic and heat transfer performances of a highly loaded transonic turbine rotor with upstream generic rim seal cavity, Propulsion and power research, Vol.10, 317-331, DOI: 10.1016/j.jppr.2021.11.003
Mansouri  Z, 2021, Unsteady simulation of flow and heat transfer in a transonic turbine stage under non-uniform inlet conditions, Int communications in heat and mass transfer, Vol.129, 105660, DOI: 10.1016/j.icheatmasstransfer.2021.105660
Mansouri  Z, 2022, Numerical prediction of heat transfer characteristics on a turbine nozzle guide vane under various combustor exit hot-streaks, Heat transfer, Vol.51, 976-997, DOI: 10.1002/htj.22338
Mansouri  Z, Belamadi  R, 2021, The influence of inlet swirl intensity and hot-streak on aerodynamics and thermal characteristics of a high pressure turbine vane, Chinese journal of aeronautics, Vol.34, 66-78, DOI: 10.1016/j.cja.2020.12.036
Mansouri  Z, 2021, A novel wavy micro-combustor for micro-thermophotovoltaic applications, Chemical engineering and processing, Vol.163, 108371, DOI: 10.1016/j.cep.2021.108371
Mansouri  Z, 2019, Combustion in wavy micro-channels for thermo-photovoltaic applications - Part I: Effects of wavy wall geometry  wall temperature profile and reaction mechanism, Energy conversion and management, Vol.198, 111155, DOI: 10.1016/j.enconman.2018.12.105
Mansouri  Z, Boushaki  T, 2019, Investigation of large-scale structures of annular swirling jet in a non-premixed burner using delayed detached eddy simulation, Int journal of heat and fluid flow, Vol.77, 217-231, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatfluidflow.2019.04.007
Settar  A, Mansouri  Z, Nebbali  R, Madani  B, Abboudi  S, 2019, Impact of Ni-based catalyst patterning on hydrogen production from MSR: External steam reformer modelling, Int journal of hydrogen energy, Vol.44, 11346-11354, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.09.171
Mansouri  Z, Boushaki  T, 2018, Experimental and numerical investigation of turbulent isothermal and reacting flows in a non-premixed swirl burner, Int journal of heat and fluid flow, Vol.72, 200-213, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatfluidflow.2018.06.007
Mansouri  Z, Settar  A, Khamane  H, 2018, Computational investigation of heat load and secondary flows near tip region in a transonic turbine rotor with moving shroud, Applied thermal engineering, Vol.136, 141-151, DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2018.03.012
Khamane  H, Azzi  A, Mansouri  Z, 2018, Numerical investigation of film-cooling effectiveness downstream of a micro ramp, Computational thermal sciences, Vol.10, 151-165, DOI: 10.1615/ComPutThermalScien.2017020468
Djedai  H, Mdouki  R, Mansouri  Z, Aouissi  M, 2017, Numerical investigation of three-dimensional separation control in an axial compressor cascade, Int journal of heat and technology, Vol.35, 657-662, DOI: 10.18280/ijht.350325
Mansouri  Z, Boushaki  T, Aouissi  M, 2017, Detached eddy simulation of non-reacting swirling flow in a vortex burner, Int journal of heat and technology, Vol.35, 594-602, DOI: 10.18280/ijht.350316
Boushaki  T, Koched  A, Mansouri  Z, Lespinasse  F, 2017, Volumetric velocity measurements (V3V) on turbulent swirling flows, Flow measurement and instrumentation, Vol.54, 46-55, DOI: 10.1016/j.flowmeasinst.2016.12.003
Mansouri  Z, Aouissi  M, Boushaki  T, 2016, Numerical computations of premixed propane flame in a swirl-stabilized burner: Effects of hydrogen enrichment  swirl number and equivalence ratio on flame characteristics, Int journal of hydrogen energy, Vol.41, 9664-9678, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.04.023
Mansouri  Z, Aouissi  M, Boushaki  T, 2016, A Numerical Study of Swirl Effects on the Flow and Flame Dynamics in a Lean Premixed Combustor, Int journal of heat and technology, Vol.34, 227-235, DOI: 10.18280/ijht.340211
Mansouri  Z, Aouissi  M, Boushaki  T, 2016, Detached Eddy Simulation of High Turbulent Swirling Reacting Flow in a Premixed Model Burner, Combustion science and technology, Vol.188, 1777-1798, DOI: 10.1080/00102202.2016.1211888

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