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Dr Madeleine Combrinck

Assistant Professor

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Dr. Madeleine Combrinck is a chartered mechanical engineer who specialises in applications of modelling and simulation to real-life problems.  She commenced her career in 2001 in the South African Navy and obtained a Bachelor of Engineering at Stellenbosch University through a Naval bursary.  The National Research Foundation of South Africa awarded her a scholarship in 2007 to complete a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in computational fluid dynamics.  She was head-hunted by the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) in 2009 to work as specialist engineer in a research and development unit.  During this time, she completed a Doctorate in Engineering with specialisation in computational fluid mechanics.  This was done on a part-time basis in 3.5 years while working full-time.  Madeleine moved to the United Kingdom and joined Northumbria University in 2017 as a senior lecturer.

Dr. Combrinck has a strong background in conducting industrial research in the aerospace and defence sector.  She developed a new framework for the aerodynamic characterisation of objects in arbitrary motion.  This research is now also being applied in the automotive sector.  Since moving to Northumbria University she is increasingly involved in renewable energy projects and is currently working on the modelling of anaerobic digestors and organic Rankine cycles.

Madeleine is a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Madeleine Combrinck

Aerospace and Defence Systems

Missile, projectile, grenade, and mortar design and aerodynamics

Rocket nozzle optimisation

Shaped charge configuration and optimisation

Ballistic process modelling and simulation

Marine propeller efficiency studies

Other compressible flow, high speed applications

Renewable Energy Systems

Fuel poverty studies

Combine heat and power solutions

Waste-to-Energy studies

Anaerobic digesters

Organic Rankine Cycles

Fundamental Research

Boundary layer studies

Accelerating and decelerating flow investigations

Similarity solutions for non-inertial flows

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A Computational Fluid Dynamic investigation of a Data Centre employing Rear Door Heat Exchangers, Busby, M., Green, D., Combrinck, M. 30 Apr 2022, In: Journal of Engineering Technology and Applied Sciences
  • Fuel poverty and low carbon emissions: a comparative study of the feasibility of the hybrid renewable energy systems incorporating combined heat and power technology, Rzetelska, D., Combrinck, M. 1 Apr 2022, In: Frontiers in Energy
  • Modeling and optimization of combined cooling, heating and power systems with integrated biogas upgrading, Castley, J., Azimov, U., Combrinck, M., Xing, L. 25 Jun 2022, In: Applied Thermal Engineering
  • Velocity tracking of shaped charge wire formation and propagation toward the target, Combrinck, M., Gadal, T., Hargreaves, A., Martin, J. 4 Jun 2022, In: Journal of Energetic Materials
  • An analysis of alternative refrigerants to optimise the performance of a vapour compression refrigeration cycle, Brown, A., Combrinck, M., Edge, J. Dec 2021, In: International Journal of Energy and Environment
  • Effect of significant acceleration and deceleration on boundary layer properties of a laminar flat plate, Musehane, N., Combrinck, M., Dala, L. 23 Nov 2021, Aerospace Europe Conference 2021 proceedings, Brussels, Belgium, Council of European Aerospace Societies
  • Eulerian Derivation of the Conservation Equation for Energy in a Non-Inertial Frame of Reference in Arbitrary Motion, Musehane, N., Combrinck, M., Dala, L. 15 Jun 2021, In: Applied Mathematics and Computation
  • Simulating Turbulent Air Flow Past a Hemispherical Body, Meas, M., Bruwer, J., Combrinck, M., Harms, T. 12 Oct 2021, In: R&D Journal of the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering
  • Solution Blow Spinning of Piezoelectric Nanofiber Mat for Detecting Mechanical and Acoustic Signals, Elnabawy, E., Farag, M., Soliman, A., Mahmoud, K., Shehata, N., Nair, R., Kandas, I., Rasheed, A., Combrinck, M., Khaliq, J., Shyha, I., Kilic, A., Hassanin, A. 5 Dec 2021, In: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
  • Study of Air Pressure and Velocity for Solution Blow Spinning of Polyvinylidene Fluoride Nanofibres, Rasheed, A., Combrinck, M., Khaliq, J., Martin, J., Hassanin, A., Shehata, N., Elnabawy, E., Shyha, I. 8 Jun 2021, In: Processes

Ndivhuwo Musehane Characterisation of Thermal Boundary Layers in Arbitrary Motion Start Date: 01/10/2018

Engineering PhD April 30 2017


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