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Associate Professor Richard Brown

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Energy and Process Engineering

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Name
Associate Professor Richard Brown
Position(s)
Associate Professor
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Energy and Process Engineering
Discipline *
Interdisciplinary Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences, Automotive Engineering
Phone
+61 7 3138 5157
Fax
+61 7 3138 1516
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Sydney)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • National Board Member, Environmental Engineering Society, IEAust (2003 – 2005)
  • Corporate Member, Institution of Engineers, Australia (1996 – Present)
  • Committee Member (Queensland), Environmental Engineering Society, IEAust (2000 – 2009)
  • Member, Australian Association of Engineering Education (2003 – Present)
  • Member, Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (1993 – 2003)
  • Member, Environmental Engineering Society, IEAust
  • Technical Panel Chair and Editor for Conference Proceedings (over 60 papers): “IEAust National Environment Conference”,Brisbane (18-20 June, 2003)
  • Technical Panel Chair and Editor for Conference Proceedings (over 100 papers): “4th Environmental Engineering Society Conference” (Brisbane, 22-23 May, 2002)
Keywords

biodiesel, biofuel, fluid mechanics, internal combustion engines, thermodynamics, turbulence, turbulent dispersion

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Area of Focus: Energy

Main areas of research

The disciplines of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics are commonly referred to as Thermofluids because of their close relationship in many Engineering applications. MyA/Prof Brown provides leadership to this core Engineering discipline at QUT by leading an active research group – including a Research Associate, Early Career Academics and research students – which is committed to applied and fundamental research in this area. To support the work of this group, QUT’s recently opened Biofuel Engine Research Facility (BERF) was conceived as a result of his initiative and leadership. Through the work of this facility and related achievements his research funding exceeds $2 M in grants (for $0.78M of which he is First Chief Investigator) – He has gained national and international recognition and significantly contributed to the development of QUT’s research culture. A/Prof Brown had over 200 citations in Thompson ISI (as at 2010) and published over 70 refereed papers.

His areas of interest include:

  • Applied Thermodynamics
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Renewable/Alternative Energy
  • Energy management
  • Emissions, Pollution, Smog Formation
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics

Grants

  • Emissions and Engine Performance LPG/Diesel – Consultancy – 29/05/2009-31/12/2009 – Dr Richard Brown ($25,000)
  • Optimisation of Dual Fuel Compression Ignition Engines: Perform/Emissions – Research – 01/01/2007-31/12/2009 – Dr Richard Brown – ARC, Alternative Engine Tech. P/L ($380,000)
  • Environmental Impacts of Pollutant Mixing, Dispersion – Research – 01/07/2005-29/08/2005 – Dr Richard Brown – Aust. Academy of Science ($14,150)
  • Research Proposal for Initial Field Testing: from Honda Outboard Motors Emissions – Research – 01/05/2005-31/03/2007 – Dr Richard Brown – Honda Japan R&D Co.,Ltd. ($75,393)
  • Wind Gust Energy Feasibility – Commercial Research – 12/07/2004-30/11/2004 – Dr Richard Brown – HFH Pty Ltd ($7,842)
  • 4 Stroke Outboard Marine Motor Research Program – Research – 01/01/2004-31/12/2004 – Dr Richard Brown – Honda R&D Co, Ltd. ($34,500)
  • Emission Measurement to Water From Four Stroke Outboard Motors – Research – 11/12/2002-31/12/2007 – Dr Richard Brown – Honda R&D Co, Ltd. ($44,500)
  • Research and development of devices to improve the quality of stormwater – Research – 18/04/2002-31/12/2007 – Dr Richard Brown – ARC, C-M Concrete Products P/L ($86,696)
  • Investigation of the dispersion of two-stroke engine emissions in sea water – Research – 01/01/2001-06/09/2005 – Dr Richard Brown – Fuchs Lubricants Australia P/L ARC ($87,363)
  • Novel Nanomaterials for Photocatalytic Water Purification – Research – 28/02/2008-30/06/2010 – Prof John Bell – Qld Dept Pub. Wrks, ARC, C-M Conc ($510,000)
  • OCS Temperature Increases in Water Pipes (J. Bell) – Commercial Research – 01/04/2007-30/06/2007 – Prof John Bell – Country Energy ($8,742)
  • Solar Thermal Performance Testing – Commercial Research – 01/09/2004-30/10/2004 – Dr Kame Khouzam – Ra Energy Ltd ($11,911)
  • BAC Energy Efficiency Project – Research – 01/06/2004-31/12/2007 – Prof John Bell – Brisbane Airport Corp ($6,000)
  • Solar Air Conditioning System – Collaborative Research OCS – 01/06/2004-15/01/2007 – Dr Kame Khouzam – DACO Bldg Services ($20,000)
  • Solar Air Conditioning System (Strat Links) – Research – 01/06/2004-31/12/2006 – Dr Kame Khouzam – QUT Research Budget ($20,000)
  • Developing high-speed sensing/detecting system auto identification of leaks – Research – 17/11/2003-31/12/2007 – Dr Gopi Chattopadhyay – QUT Research Budget, GRG Eng. Services P/L ($9,500)
  • Applied Nanotechnology: Creating Nanostructured Materials for Environmental – Research – 01/04/2003-31/12/2007 – Prof John Bell – QUT Research Budget, Faculty Support ($370,970)
  • Impact of Brisbane Airport on Airshed Quality Stage 1: Developing of Study – Research – 01/01/2003-31/12/2006 – Prof Lidia Morawska – Brisbane Airport Corp., QUT Research Budget ($29,829)
  • Low Energy Airconditioning – Collaborative Research OCS – 01/07/2001-30/11/2001 – Prof John Bell – QUT, Built Environ. Res. Unit ($23,000)

Awards and Recognitions

  • 1997: Annual University Research Prize, Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand 

Career History

2009 to Present: Associate Professor, School of Engineering Systems, Queensland Univ. of Technology

2004 – 2009: Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering Systems, Queensland Univ. of Technology

2000 – 2004: Lecturer, School of Engineering Systems, Queensland Univ. of Technology

Nov 1997 – May 2000: ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO Atmospheric Research

Nov 1996 – Nov 1997: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

May 1996 – May 2000: ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO Atmospheric Research

1995: Contract Lecturer, University of Sydney Dept Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

1992 – 1994: University of Sydney Dept Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering Scholarship

1991 – 1996:
Australian Postgraduate Research Award

Nov 1988 – May 1989:
Community Development/Literacy, Philippines, Summer Inst. of Linguistics

Jun 1987 – Oct 1988:
Computer Programmer (Part Time), Prewood Distributors P/L

Dec 1984 – Feb 1987: Professional Engineer, NSW State Rail Authority

Feb 1980 – Nov 1984: Cadet Engineer, NSW State Rail Authority


This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Richard Brown.

Teaching

Course coordination, unit teaching and coordination

Associate Professor Brown coordinates 34 units and course coordination of the Master of Engineering Management (2005) since commencing at QUT. He was also a regular examiner and curriculum reviewer for QUT/Crossfields off-shore teaching in Asia (Bachelor of Engineering Management).

He has supervised (to successful completion) more than 100 Engineering students for their final year projects (July 2001 – May 2009).

Teaching development

Associate Professor Richard Brown actively leads teaching collaborations to explore effective teaching and learning and share these developments with the wider University teaching community as demonstrated below:

  • 2008: Poster for the QUT Teaching & Learning Expo - Online interactive tutorials to support on- and off- campus learning for ENB222 Thermodynamics
  • 2004: Paper at QUT online learning & teaching conference – Presented paper on development of an e-learning environment to enhance student learning in
  • 2003: Paper at the A2E2 Conference (with Mr Graham Dawson, QUT Engineering Librarian with whom I closely collaborate) on improvements to student information literacy, peer coaching and technical reporting skills to the university teaching community
  • 2001: Paper at the Australian Association of Engineering Education Conference (A2E2) on the use of peer tutoring in Thermodynamics. This compared student cohorts at the University of Sydney and QUT and evaluated and compared the use of peer tutoring in technical and humanities environments.

Teaching innovation

Associate Professor Richard Brown’s experiential/discovery/real world approach to teaching and learning in engineering has been shaped by his professional engineering experience, comprising five years with NSW Railways, community development work overseas, experimentally-based postgraduate study and subsequent professional research. He values connecting practical engineering to theoretical understanding and take students to industrial/ engineering sites whenever relevant/possible.

Significant student numbers and limited resources have led Associate Professor Brown to develop interactive web-based tutorials and literacy and information literacy resources, specifically:

  • 2006: initiated a collaboration with the Queensland Maritime Museum to enable Thermodynamics students to undertake a practical laboratory at the museum.
  • Online interactive laboratory preparation tutorial developed in conjunction with a final year undergraduate project student. This tutorial contains highly interactive material to prepare students for the Diesel Engine Practical in the Thermodynamics Laboratory. It includes an integrated, summative assessment tool (quiz) which the students must complete before attending the laboratory.

 

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Richard Brown.

Experience

External collaborations

  • Peak 3 P/L
  • Prof Satoru Komori (Mechanical Engineering, Kyoto University)
  • Industry Partner CM Concrete P/L
  • GRG Engineering P/L
  • Honda Japan R&D Co.,Ltd
  • Honda R&D Co, Ltd.
  • Qld Dept Public Works
  • Country Energy
  • Ra Energy Ltd
  • Brisbane Airport Corp
  • DACO Bldg Services
  • Prof Stephen Clarke (Flinders) Specialist in biofuels
  • Prof Hubert Chanson (Univ Queensland) – Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Prof Damon Honnery (Monash University) – Internal combustion engines
  • Prof Akiyoshi Iida (Toyohashi University, Japan) -Aero-Acoustic Flows
  • Prof Norimasa Iida (Keo University, Japan) – HCCI Combustion
  • Prof Pulagala Venkateswara Rao (Andhra University, India) – Biodiesel properties and combustion

Professional service

  • Invited to join International Scientific Advisory Committee 3rd International Conference on Tribology and Design (11 – 13 May, 2010, Algarve, Portugal)
  • Invited to join Scientific Advisory Committee of 6th International Symposium on Gas Transfer at Water Surfaces (Kyoto,16-21 May, 2010)
  • Invited Session Chair and Member of the Editorial Panel, 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (2007)
  • Invited member of the editorial panel for Engineers Australia National Committee on Water Engineering, 8th National Conference on Hydraulics in Water Engineering, ANA Hotel Gold Coast, Australia (13-16 July 2004)
  • Editor for the Proceedings of the National Environment Conference (IEAust), Brisbane (18-20 June, 2003)
  • Editor for the Proceedings of the 4th Environmental Engineering Society Conference (IEAust), Brisbane (22-23 May, 2002)


Review

  • Atmospheric Environment
  • Boundary Layer Meteorology
  • Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference
  • Journal of Coastal Research
  • CSIRO Atmospheric Research internal review process
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Richard Brown.

Publications


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Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Advances in real-time Satellite Monitoring of flow in Rivers and Estuaries
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP150101172
Start year
2016
Keywords
Title
Holistic Evaluation of Diesel Exhaust Filters & related Measuring Instrumentation
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
C24022
Start year
2015
Keywords
Diesel, Dpm, Filtration, Monitoring, Undergound Mines
Title
Optimising gaseous and particulate emissions from diesel engines
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP110200158
Start year
2012
Keywords
Internal combustion engines, particulate emissions, dual fuel technology, Alternative fuels, transport emissions
Title
DPM Risk Factors Extension: Effect of Cooled Exhaust and Scrubber on Toxic Particulate Formation: Ext C20036
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
51073
Start year
2011
Keywords
Diesel Exhaust Particles, Toxic Particles, Underground Coals Mines, Wet Scrubbers
Title
Novel Nanomaterials for Photocatalytic Water Purification - Science and Application
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0776793
Start year
2008
Keywords
Titania, Photocatalysis, Water Reuse, Water Treatment, Surface Chemistry, Fluid Dynamics
Title
Optimisation of Dual Fuel Compression Ignition (Diesel) Engines With Respect to Engine Performance and Pollutant Emissions
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0775178
Start year
2007
Keywords
biofuels, ethanol, particulate emissions, transport, dual fuel, greenhouse gas emissions,
Title
Research and development of devices to improve the quality of stormwater by removal of gross pollutants such as oil,litter and sediment.
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0235258
Start year
2002
Keywords
Title
Investigation of the dispersion of two-stroke engine emissions in sea water
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
C00107784
Start year
2001
Keywords

Supervision