Dr Arthur Hajaali

Job: Research Fellow

Employer: University College London

PhD Thesis: Numerical investigation of the flow separation unsteady behaviour within the diffuser of bulb turbine unit

Supervisors: Professor Shunqi Pan and Dr Zhihua Xie

Arthur was a WISE CDT doctoral student between 2015-2019 and was based at Cardiff University.  He successfully defended his PhD thesis on 7th January 2021 and is currently a Research Fellow at University College London within the Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering Department (CEGE).  This role includes research into the human aerosols and droplets propagation in different public transports using CFD software including Hydro3D and OpenFoam.

Arthur’s background prior to joining WISE was a BEng in Civil Engineering from Cardiff University.  He graduated in June 2015. Arthur’s BEng programme enabled him to discover the various fields of civil engineering such as soil mechanics, solid mechanics and material sciences. He had the chance to put his theoretical knowledge into practice completing various design projects such as a hotel, car park and wastewater treatment network, where he also enhanced his team working and organisation skills.  Of particular interest to Arthur was fluids mechanics and its multiple application in water engineering.  A growing curiosity for marine renewable energies led him to take part into the development work of a vertical tidal turbine with the hydro-environmental research team.  Arthur relished this involvement in research work and took great satisfaction in executing various laboratory test on the turbine adequately pre-defined to observe and perfect the design.  Arthur’s BEng experience and research interests led him to apply to the WISE CDT programme.

Aside from university and his work, Arthur is a sports enthusiast and finds great satisfaction in trying and discovering new ones, including half marathons and climbing.

Research Interests

  • Tidal turbine
  • Marine renewable energy
  • CFD
  • Hydraulic modelling
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)


2017 Summer School Research Presentation