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Em Prof Graham de Vahl davis

Emeritus Professor Graham DE VAHL DAVIS


1952 BE (Mech & Elec) (Hons I): University of Sydney
1958 PhD: Cambridge University


1952 Caltex Oil (Aust) Pty Ltd
1953 Research Assistant, University of Sydney
1956-1960 Research Officer, Australian Atomic Energy Commission
1960 Lecturer, School of Mechanical Engineering, The University of New South Wales
1961-1967 Senior Lecturer, School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, The University of New South Wales
1968-1990 Associate Professor, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, The University of New South Wales
1981-1984 Head of School
1991-1992 Professor
1992-1994 Visiting Professor
July 1994- Emeritus Professor

Visiting Appointments

1966 New York University, NY, USA, Visiting Associate Professor
1966 Brown University, Providence, RI, USA, Visiting Associate Professor
1971/2, 1973/4, 1982/3, 1988 Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, Visiting Professor
1973 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, Visiting Professor
1977 Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, England, Visiting Scholar
1979/80, 1986 Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, England, Visiting Scientist
1982 Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, Visiting Professor
1982, 1989 Institut de Mécanique des Fluides, Université d'Aix-Marseille II, Marseille, France, Visiting Professor
1987 University of Rome, Rome, Italy, Visiting Professor
1990 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA, Visiting Professor
1992 Max Planck Inst. for Fluid Dynamics, Göttingen, Germany, Visiting Scientist
1994 Institute of Advanced Material Study, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, Visiting Scientist

Awards and Honours

1989 Member of the Order of Australia
1993 Fellow, Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
1994 Emeritus Professor, UNSW
2001 Centenary Medal, Commonwealth of Australia

Professional Societies

  • The Institution of Engineers, Australia, Fellow
  • The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow
  • Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating, Life Member

Teaching Areas

  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Computational Methods

Research Interests

Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer

Topics studied include combined radiation and natural convection in cavities; steady and unsteady natural convection in low-Prandtl number liquids; natural convection cooling of printed circuit boards; natural convection in a solidifying liquid in two and three dimensions, with applications to metal casting and crystal growth; heat transfer in an annular cavity in the presence of a magneto-hydrodynamically driven flow, with applications to the design of lasers; a detailed topological study of natural convection in a cube.

Other Areas

Two phase flow; interactive computing in engineering education; heat transfer in machining processes; building heat load calculations; flow through wire gauze screens.

Professional Extra-Mural Activities

  • President, International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT)
  • Member, Scientific Council and General Assembly, ICHMT
  • Corresponding Member to ICHMT on behalf of The Institution of Engineers, Australia
  • Former Chairman, Australasian Fluid and Thermal Engineering Society
  • Former Member, Board of Governors, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

Selected Publications

  • DE VAHL DAVIS G, "Laminar natural convection in an enclosed rectangular cavity", Int. J.Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol 11(11), p 1675, November (1968).
  • CABELLI A and DE VAHL DAVIS G, "A numerical study of the Benard cell", J. Fluid Mech., Vol 45, p 805, February (1971).
  • MALLINSON GD and DE VAHL DAVIS G, "The method of the false transient for the solution of coupled elliptic equations", J. Comp. Phys., Vol 12, p 435, August (1973).
  • MALLINSON GD and DE VAHL DAVIS G, "Three-dimensional natural convection in a box—a numerical study", J. Fluid Mech., Vol 83(1), pp 1-31 (1977).
  • DE VAHL DAVIS G, "Natural convection of air in a square cavity: a bench mark numerical solution", Int. J. Num. Meth. in Fluids, Vol 3, pp 249-264 (1983).
  • DE VAHL DAVIS G, Numerical Methods in Engineering and Science, George Allen & Unwin, London (1986).
  • YEOH GH, DE VAHL DAVIS G, LEONARDI E, DE GROH III HC and YAO M, "A numerical and experimental study of natural convection and interface shape in crystal growth", J. Crystal Growth, Vol 173(3-4), pp 492-502 (1997).
  • DE VAHL DAVIS G and LEONARDI E, "Crystal growth by travelling heater method in microgravity", Chapter 5 in Modelling of Transport Phenomena in Crystal Growth, J.S. Szmyd and K. Suzuki (eds), WITpress, Southampton (2000).
  • BENJAPIYAPORN C, DE VAHL DAVIS G, LEONARDI E, LEONG SS, TIMCHENKO V and DE GROH III HC, "Numerical study of g-jitter during directional solidification", Num. Heat Transfer, Part A: Applications, Vol. 41(6-7), pp 597-610 (2002).
  • TIMCHENKO V, CHEN PYP, LEONARDI E, DE VAHL DAVIS G and ABBASCHIAN R, "A computational study of binary alloy solidification in the Mephisto experiment", Int. J. Heat & Fluid Flow, Vol. 23(3), pp 258-268 (2002).
  • AMARA M, TIMCHENKO V, EL GANAOUI M, LEONARDI E and DE VAHL DAVIS G, “A 3D computational model of heat transfer coupled to phase change in multilayer materials with random thermal contact resistance”, Inter. J. Thermal Sciences, Vol 48(2), pp 421-427 (2009).

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