Glen Thompson

Glen Thompson, LSBU

Senior Lecturer

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  • Telephone:
    020 7815 7692
  • School/Division:
    Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design

Glen comes from a background in Art, Design and Engineering. He achieved a Fine Art BA (Hons) at Maidstone College of Art, followed by an MDes RCA in Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art.

His experience includes:

  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Design, Brunel University.
  • Senior Lecturer, 3-D Design Wood Metal Plastics, University of Wolverhampton.
  • Freelance Design Consultant, Fitch Design Consultancy (branding Nissan Re-branding Concept).
  • BUJ Architects Project, County Island Building, Westminster Bridge Design of all external metal structures including Atrium, roof detail and cantilevered support system for external glass skin.
  • Technical Editor, “Richard's Bicycle Books”, “Bicycle Action”, magazine - wrote and edited articles, tested new bikes and equipment, and directed photo shoots.
  • Modelmaker Client: London Transport, Skoda Cars, Piablo Beer, Titles for “The Word”, Channel 4.
  • MacAndroid Ltd Projects, Exhibition design for three major installations: Visitors Centre of Welcome Institute; Visitors Centre of Dudley Castle, West Midlands; Permanent exhibition demonstrating the properties of glass, Stourbridge Glass Museum, West Midlands.
  • Director/Designer Bluebell Racing Team, project to build a recumbent bicycle with a body shell and race in international events including Canada, Germany, Holland, England and Switzerland. Sponsorship for this project totalled £35,000.

Glen's teaching specialises in:

  • Workshops
  • Prototyping
  • Appearance models
  • Drawing and sketching level 1 visualisation
  • CAD – Autodesk software, surface and solid modelling, preparation for printed and CNC models levels 1&2
  • Computational fluid dynamics (Ansys-CFX)
  • Major project supervisor

Glen's research involves optimising a human powered vehicle land speed record 87mph. The project is unique as it encompasses a very broad range of subject areas, including engineering, physical and cognitive ergonomics, aerodynamics, mechanics, rolling resistance, transmission efficiency, digital electronics, sports science, composite materials (Finite Element Analysis), environmental science and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The project represents an attempt to synthesise man and machine in order to achieve the fastest, most efficiently human powered vehicle on earth.

Key research areas include computational fluid dynamics and external flows looking at the boundary layer conditions on fuselage. Key aims and considerations:

  1. Minimise stagnation point.
  2. Extend laminar flow.
  3. Tripping the flow after laminar to induce flow earlier to a turbulent flow, using surface texture to minimise the transitional zone (unstable tollmien-schlicting waves, development of spanwise vorticity, the breakdown three dimensional vortex forming turbulent spots. This zone is high drag reign).
  4. Reduce the boundary layer thickness in the turbulent reign.
  5. Separation is very small and insignificant.
  6. Looking at how surface roughness (sand grain roughness height in CFD models) i.e. painted finishes roughness average RA range between 0.003 to 0.015 mm which play a significant role in the overall drag forces this can more accurately correlate CFD results with empirical data.

Modelling method: Ansys CFX Unsteady Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (transient flows), Shear-Stress-Transport/Scale-Adaptive Simulation model (transition modelling).

Glen's activities include design of and building a sustainable house, a live project from 2015 to October 2016. He also enjoys drawing, painting, photography skiing, walking and cycling.

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