Professor Farhang Bakhtar DSc., CEng, FIMechE

 

Honorary Professor

School of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Farhang Bakhtar

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 4138

Fax +44 (0) 121 414 3958

Email f.bakhtar@bham.ac.uk

School of Mechanical Engineering
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

Farhang (Freddie) Bakhtar is an Honorary Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering. He was on the Staff from 1960 until his retirement in 1997 and now works part time continuing his research. His research work has included metal forming, development work on the Petroforge, heat transfer and combustion but his main research activity has been concerned with problems associated with two-phase flows of steam in turbines.

He developed theoretical treatments and experimental facilities to study these flows, established strong contacts and collaborated with the manufacturing organizations and utilities in this Country and abroad and attracted funds for research. He has lectured widely and written extensively in the scientific and engineering literature, mainly in the Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers but also in the Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow.

With co-authors he was awarded a James Clayton Fund Prize for 1972 by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for a paper on instability in condensing flows of steam and the Thomas Bernard Hall Prize for 2005 for the paper on classical nucleation theory and its application to condensing steam flow calculations listed below.

Qualifications

Honorary Professor

  • DSc in Mechanical Engineering
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering
  • MSc in Mechanical Engineering
  • BSc. 1st Class Hons. In Mechanical Engineering

Biography

Farhang (Freddie) received his primary and secondary education in Iran and studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, graduating with 1st Class Honours in 1952. 

After industrial training and post-graduate research at Birmingham, he worked in oil industry in Iran and then joined the academic staff of the University of Birmingham in 1960, where he has remained.

He was awarded the Degree of DSc in 1985. He retired from his post in 1997 but continues to work in the School as an Honorary Professor. 

Teaching

Research Themes

Problems arising from the flow of nucleating and wet steam in turbines; two-phase flows of steam; nucleation. 

Research

Selected Publications

  • Bakhtar, F and Zamri, M Y, “On the Performance of a Cascade of Improved Nozzle Blades in Nucleating Steam. Part 3: Theoretical Analysis”, Proc. Instn. Mech. Engrs., Part C, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 2011, 225 (C7), 1649-1671. (doi: 10.1177/0954406211400346)
  • Bakhtar, F, Mamat, Z A and Jadayel, O C, “On the performance of a cascade of improved turbine nozzle blades in nucleating steam. Part 2: wake traverses”, 2009, Proc. Instn. Mech. Engnrs., Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 223, C8, 1915-1929. ISSN 0954-4062. (doi:10.1243/09544062JMES1394)
  • Bakhtar, F, Mamat, Z A, Jadayel, O C and Mahpeykar, A R, “On the performance of a cascade of improved turbine nozzle blades in nucleating steam. Part 1: surface pressure distributions”, 2009, Proc. Instn. Mech. Engnrs., Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 223, C8, 1903-1914. ISSN 0954-4062. (doi:10.1243/09544062JMES1225)
  • Bakhtar, F, Otto, S R, Zamri, M Y and Sarkies, J M, “Instability in two-phase flows of steam”, 2008, Proc. R. Soc. A, 464, 537-553. (doi:10.1098/rspa.2007.0087).
  • Bakhtar, F, Zamri, M Y, Rodriguez-Lelis, J M, “A comparative study of treatment of two-dimensional two-phase flows of steam by a Runge-Kutta and by Denton's methods”, 2007, Proc. Instn. Mech. Engnrs., Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 221, C6, 689-706. ISSN: 0954-40620954-4062.(doi:10.1243/0954406JMES477).
  • Bakhtar, F, Henson, R J K and Mashmoushy, H, “On the performance of a cascade of turbine rotor tip section blading in wet steam. Part 5: theoretical treatment”, 2006, Proc. Instn. Mech. Engnrs., Part C, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 220 (C4), 457-472. ISSN: 0954-40620954-4062. (doi:10.1243/09544062JMES151).
  • Bakhtar, F, Young, J B, White, A J and Simpson, D A, “Classical nucleation theory and its application to condensing steam flow calculations”, 2005, Proc. Instn. Mech. Engnrs. Part C: J. Mechanical Engineering Science, 219 (C12), 1301-1333. ISSN: 0954-40620954-4062. (doi:10.1243/095440605X832110)
  • Bakhtar, F, White, A J and Mashmoushy, H, “Theoretical treatments of two-dimensional two-phase flows of steam and comparisons with cascade measurements”, 2005, Proc. Instn. Mech. Engnrs. Part C: J. Mechanical Engineering Science, 219 (C12), 1335-1355. ISSN: 0954-40620954-4062. (doi:10.1243/095440605X31454).
  • Bakhtar, F and Heaton, A V, “Effect of wake chopping on droplet sizes in steam turbines”, 2005, Proc. Instn. Mech. Engnrs. Part C: J. Mechanical Engineering Science, 219 (C12), 1357-1367. ISSN: 0954 – 40620954 – 4062. (doi:10.1243/095440605X69291).
  • Mashmoushy, H, Mahpeykar, M R, Bakhtar, F, “Studies of nucleating and wet steam flows in two-dimensional cascades”, 2004, Proc. Instn. Mech. Engnrs. Part C: J. Mechanical Engineering Science, 218(C8), 843-858. ISSN: 0954-40620954-4062. (doi: 10.1243/0954406041474219).
  • Bakhtar, F, Guest Editor, “Special Issue on Wet Steam”, 2004, Proc. Instn. Mech. Engnrs. Part C: J. Mechanical Engineering Science, 218(C8). ISSN: 0954-40620954-4062.
  • Bakhtar, F, Guest Editor, “Special Issue on Wet Steam”, 2005, Proc. Instn. Mech. Engnrs. Part C: J. Mechanical Engineering Science, 219 (C12). ISSN: 0954 – 40620954 – 4062.
  • Bakhtar, F., Mashmoushy, H. and Al-Dadah, R., “Electrostatic Effects in Nucleating Flows of Steam”, EPRI, Palo Alto, CA: 2004. 1010738.

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