Video: Ann Dowling, 2013 Kate Gleason Award

Feb 7, 2014

by ASME.org

Ann Dowling is head of the department of engineering at the University of Cambridge in the U.K., where she is a professor of mechanical engineering and chair of the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls-Royce. She is one of the founders of the Energy Efficient Cities initiative at Cambridge and was the U.K. lead of the Silent Aircraft Initiative, a collaboration between researchers at Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.

Dr. Dowling’s research is primarily in the fields of combustion, acoustics and vibration, and is focused on low-emission combustion and quiet vehicles. Her research on unsteady combustion provides insight and models that are enabling gas turbine manufacturers to avoid damaging instabilities in low-emission combustors. She demonstrated that active feedback control is a powerful way of eliminating the damaging interactions that lead to instability. This technology, which results in extra thrust from an afterburner and ultra-low emissions from ground-based gas turbines, complements passive control techniques Dr. Dowling has also developed.

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