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Dr Bianca Capra
Discipline *
Aerospace Engineering, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Other Built Environment and Design
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PhD - Aerospace Space Engineering (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations

Senior Member AIAA(American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics)
Elected committee member to the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society

  • 2013-2014, 2015-2016

Hypersonic Flow, Thermo-fluids, Radiative Heat Transfer, Porous Material, Energy Efficency, Multidisciplinary, Sustainability

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


Research Publications Announcements: I have recently been published in the Journal of Fluids Mechanics, one of the pre-eminent journals for fluid mechanics research. The details of this paper are: Capra, B.R, Boyce, R.R, Kuhn, M and Hald, H “Combustion enhancement in a scramjet engine using oxygen enrichment and porous fuel injection” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vo,. 767 pp 173-198

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Current Teaching

  • Heat and Mass Transfer (ENB360) : Tutor
  • Bulk Material Handling (ENB362) : Unit coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor
  • Thermodynamics 1 (ENB222) : Lecturer, Tutor
  • Fluid Mechanics (ENB321) : Lecturer
  • Engineering Sustainability and Professional Practice (EGB100) : Lecturer
  • Engineering Mechanics (EGB121) : Lecturer

Current Research Supervision

  • Flow Physics of Scramjet Fuel Injection Through Porous Walls (UQ)
  • Cross Ventilation in Multi-Residential Buildings: Evaluation and Design


  • Impact of Cool Roof Application in Commercial Buildings: A Contribution to Sustainable Design in Australia

VRES (Vacation Research Experience Scheme)

Building Physics / Renewable Energy Topics

  • Air quality and distribution analysis in a Cystic Fibrosis Ward for infectious disease control (3 topics)
  • Energy efficiency in office and educational buildings: An experimental approach (2 topics, 1 available)
  • Using historical weather data to quantify the impact climate change has had on HVAC building energy use (1 topic)
  • Urban integrated renewable energy (4 topics)

Aerospace Topics

  • Numerical implementation of porous fluid flow for high-speed compressible aerodynamics applications (1 topic)
  • Binary scaling and aerothermal heating during atmospheric reentry (1 topic)
  • Aerothermal-structural analysis of the internal flight path of a Mach 8 scramjet engine (1 topic)

Current Projects Available
PhD Topics available:

  • Porous Fuel Injection in Hypersonic Vehicles: The Fundamental Flow Physics ( 2 topics available)
  • Radiation and Ablation in Rapidly Expanding Flows (1 topic available)
  • Vertical Axis Wind Turbines in Urban Environments (1 topic available)
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Consultancy Work

  • Expert for Substantive Opposition to grant Patent (2015). Area of expertise: Fluid Dynamics (2015)

Industry Experience Dr Capra has 4 years industry experience where she worked as a ESD (Eccological Sustainable Engineer) Engineer with the building services industry. A summary of this experience is as follows:

Research Engineer, Bassett Consulting Engineers (now AECOM) (September 2006 – April 2008)

  • Specialised modelling including comprehensive CFD, energy and thermal assessment
  • Project management
  • Quality assurance procedures for modelling files and data storage

Building Physicist, Arup (May 2008 – August 2009)

  • Specialised computational analysis / modelling
  • Project management and quality assurance
  • Detailed client report prepartion
  • Green Star submission managment

Senior ESD Engineer, Viridis E3 (now Viridis) (September 2009 – July 2010)

  • Establishing and implementing numerical modelling team
  • Research on current modelling and technical analysis capabilities
  • Green Star submission management

Grant Funding

  • Early Career Research Grant (2014) AUD15,000
  • National Computational Infrastructure Grant (2014) AUD100,000
  • Travel Grant, University of Queensland (2012) AUD3,161
  • Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship (2005/6, 2004/5) USD12,000
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (2002 – 2005) AUD72,000

Peer Reviewer:


  • Acta Astronautica, Outstanding Reviewer Status
  • International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
This information has been contributed by Dr Bianca Capra.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
Committee Member 2013 -2015 The Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society is an independent non-profit society that supports and fosters interest in fluid mechanics and related disciplines in the Australasian region.
Reference year
This internationally competitive fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing research towards a PhD in aerospace engineering or science. Winning candidates are chosen from an international panel of experts within this field. The fellowship was for one year and was worth USD6000
Reference year
This highly competitive international fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing research towards a PhD in aerospace engineering or science. Winning candidates are chosen from an international panel of experts within this field. The Fellowship was for one year and had a value of USD6000.

Research projects

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

Radiation and Ablation in Rapidly Expanding Flows
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Hypersonic Reentry; Ablation; Radiation