We are great pleasure to inform you that during the 18th IFRF Members’ Conference Nick Syred, from Cardiff University, was presented with a lifetime award for his contribution to combustion and IFRF over many decades.
Nick has more than 40 years’ experience in combustion, thermofluids, heat transfer and associated subjects. He has published more than 300 papers in a wide variety of different media. His main focus has been swirling, vortex and cyclonic flows and their interaction with combustion, including the efficient combustion of low calorific and poor quality fuels. Instabilities and oscillatory behaviour has also been a main focus, with unique work on the occurrence and formation of the processing vortex core. His work has been internationally recognised in a number of ways including the award of the George Westinghouse Gold Medal in 2011 by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for his work in the above area. In 2002 he was also awarded the NATO Science Partnership prize with Professors Khaltov (Ukraine) and Professor Avromenko (Russia) for their work on swirling and vortex flows for gas turbine blade cooling.