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Dr Ava Shahrokhi

Dr Ava Shahrokhi

Telephone: 0151 904 6158

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Dr Ava Shahrokhi is a Senior Lecturer in Computational Fluid Dynamics in the Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Liverpool John Moores. She has awarded her PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Amirkabir University in Tehran. Her current research area is on sustainable wind power development including onshore and offshore wind. She previously worked at University of Sheffield as a research fellow on Horizon 2020 project SWIP (see This was a successful project and part of a major project of design, manufacturing and installation of small/medium wind turbine which involved several industrial and academic partners all around the Europe. She is a Charted Engineer and an IMECHE member also a senior member of AIAA (American Institution of Aeronautics and Astronautics).

Major areas of the interest for Dr. Shahrokhi include:
• Wind Turbine Wake Simulation Techniques
• Floating Wind Turbine Design
• Large eddy Simulation (LES) in Wind Resource Assessments
• Turbulence Modelling in CFD
• Wind turbine blade design
• Parallel evaluation and high performance computing in CFD problems
• Aerodynamic optimisation

Current Teaching:
• Engineering Design (Level 6)
• Conventional and Alternative Energy Systems (Level 7)


Journal article

Shahrokhi A, Noori S. 2018. Favorable plug shape of an aerospike nozzle in design, over and under expansion conditions Journal of Computational and Applied Research in Mechanical Engineering, 8 :1-14 DOI

Botha JDM, Shahroki A, Rice H. 2017. An implementation of an aeroacoustic prediction model for broadband noise from a vertical axis wind turbine using a CFD informed methodology Journal of Sound and Vibration, 410 :389-415 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Weller H, Shahrokhi A. 2014. Curl-Free Pressure Gradients over Orography in a Solution of the Fully Compressible Euler Equations with Implicit Treatment of Acoustic and Gravity Waves Monthly Weather Review, 142 :4439-4457 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Shahrokhi A, Jahangirian A. 2010. A surrogate assisted evolutionary optimization method with application to the transonic airfoil design ENGINEERING OPTIMIZATION, 42 :497-515 DOI Author Url

Jahangirian A, Shahrokhi A. 2009. Inverse design of transonic airfoils using genetic algorithm and a new parametric shape method INVERSE PROBLEMS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, 17 :681-699 DOI Author Url

Shahrokhi A, Jahangirian A. 2007. Airfoil shape parameterization for optimum Navier-Stokes design with genetic algorithm AEROSPACE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 11 :443-450 DOI Author Url

Shahrokhi A, Jahangirian A. Effect of Shape Parameterization on Aerodynamic Evolutionary Optimization of Viscous Transonic Airfoils Jast -Tehran-,

Shahrokhi A, Noori S. Flow Field Characteristics of an Aerospike Nozzle Using Different Turbulence Models Journal of Aerospace Science and Technology, 8 :127-133 Publisher Url

Conference publication

Botha JDM, Rasam A, Cathain DO, Rice H, Shahrokhi A. 2016. Some noise predictions for small wind turbines Sas P, Moens D, VanDeWalle A. PROCEEDINGS OF ISMA2016 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NOISE AND VIBRATION ENGINEERING AND USD2016 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON UNCERTAINTY IN STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS, International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering (ISMA) / International Conference on Uncertainty in Structural Dynamics (USD) :4019-4032 Author Url

Noori S, Shahrokhi A. 2012. The Influence of different Turbulence Models on the Flow Field Characteristics of an Aerospike Nozzle Fan W. MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING, PTS 1-7, 2nd International Conference on Mechnaical and Aerospace Engineering (ICMAE 2011) 110-116 :437-443 DOI Author Url

Jahangirian A, Shahrokhi A. 2011. Aerodynamic shape optimization using efficient evolutionary algorithms and unstructured CFD solver COMPUTERS & FLUIDS, 10th Institute for Computational Fluid Dynamics (ICFD) Conference 46 :270-276 DOI Author Url

Shahrokhi A, Noori S. 2010. Survey of the central plug shape of the aerospike nozzle 17th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference 2010, :469-472

Shahrokhi A, Jahangirian A. 2007. An efficient aerodynamic optimization method using a Genetic Algorithm and a surrogate model Proceedings of the 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, 16AFMC, :475-480

Shahrokhi A, Ma L, Ingham D, Pourkashanian M. A Study of the Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Aerodynamics Wind Energy

Shahrokhi A, Bouras I, Ingham D, Ma L, Pourkashanian M. Assessment of Smirnov’s random flow generation on atmospheric boundary layer Wind Europe 2016

Weller H, Shahrokhi A. A mimetic discretisation of the fully compressible Euler equations over Orography with implicit treatment of acoustic and gravity waves 11th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM XI)

Shahrokhi A, Jahangirian A. Navier- Stokes Optimization Using Genetic Algorithm and a Flexible Parametric Airfoil Method ERCOFTAC Conference on Design Optimization: Methods and Application

Engagement & Impact

Membership of professional bodies:

CEng, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), 2019

Senior Member, AIAA (The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), 2017