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Dr Madeleine Combrinck

Senior Lecturer

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

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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
  • 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. 10 Jul 2021, In: Frontiers in Energy
  • 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 Jul 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
  • The effect of the cone rotation in the supersonic gas flow on the velocity propagation of perturbations in the boundary layer, Dala, L., Combrink, M., Lipatov, I., Ustinov, I. 1 Feb 2021, In: Acta Astronautica
  • Waste-to-energy conversion technologies in the UK: Processes and barriers – A review, Foster, W., Azimov, U., Gauthier-Maradei, P., Castro Molano, L., Combrinck, M., Munoz, J., Jaimes Esteves, J., Patino, L. 1 Jan 2021, In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
  • A Note on the Non-Inertial Similarity Solution for Von Kármán Swirling Flow, Combrinck, M. 9 Oct 2020, In: Modern Physics Letters B
  • Numerical Investigation of Heat Transfer Enhancement of a Water/Ethylene Glycol Mixture with Al2O3-TiO2 Nanoparticles, Alshehri, F., Goraniya , J., Combrinck, M. 15 Mar 2020, In: Applied Mathematics and Computation
  • Solution Blow Spinning of High-Performance Submicron Polyvinylidene Fluoride Fibres: Computational Fluid Mechanics Modelling and Experimental Results, Rasheed, A., Combrinck, M., Khaliq, J., Hassanin, A., Shehata, N., Elnabawy, E., Shyha, I. 16 May 2020, In: Polymers
  • Solution Blow Spinning of Polyvinylidene Fluoride Based Fibers for Energy Harvesting Applications: A Review, Rasheed, A., Khaliq, J., Combrinck, M., Hassanin, A., Shehata, N., Elnabawy, E., Shyha, I. 7 Jun 2020, In: Polymers

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Ndivhuwo Musehane Characterisation of thermal boundary layers in arbitrary motion Start Date: 01/10/2018


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