Jason Knight

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PhD projects

FSI of composites
FSI of highly deformable structures such as sails/parachutes
Aerodynamics of spring mounted wings

Personal profile


I graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 1995 with an Honours degree in Aerospace Engineering. I went into industry for 3 years before returning to study at the University of Warwick where I completed my PhD in 2002. I have been a lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire for 10 years prior to joining the University of Portsmouth in 2014.

My main industrial experience includes working as an aerodynamics consultant for the Motor Industry Research Association and as a support engineer on helicopter vibration monitoring systems. I have also worked on aerodynamic development projects at Porsche, Jaguar and BAR F1 in addition to commercial projects for Boeing and Ford.

My primary expertise is in aerodynamics both experimental and numerical. I have industrial and academic experience in wind tunnel testing and using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). My PhD research was aimed at modelling the fluid-structure interaction of convertible car hoods and was sponsored by EPSRC and Jaguar cars. My research interests lie in fluid-structure interactions with a particular emphasis on membranes and modelling flow through porous media. I also have interests in wind tunnel testing techniques, bio-inspired aerodynamics, road vehicle and motorsport aerodynamics.

Research Interests

I am currently supervising 3 research students with projects in flow simulation of snow deposition around shielding fences, 2-phase flow through filtration systems and CFD modelling of airships.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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