David S. Nobes, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Associate Professor

Ph.D. : University of Adelaide (1997)
B.E.(Mech)(Hons) : University of Adelaide (1994)


4-31B Mechanical Engineering Building,
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, T6G 2G8, Canada
Tel: (780) 492-7031
Fax: (780) 492-2200
E-mail: david.nobes@ualberta.ca



  • 2003 - 2004 Coanda Research and Development Cooperation
    Engineering Research Scientist
    • Development of advanced fluids instrumentation.
    • Investigation and modelling of industrial flows.
  • 1999-2003 Cranfield University
    Research Fellow
    • Project Title - "Planar Doppler velocimetry instrumentation for gas turbine aerodynamic applications".
  • Aug 1998 Pennsylvania State University
    Visiting Fellow with Prof. S.R. Turns
    • Project Title - "NOx Emissions from Free Turbulent Jet Diffusion Flames".
  • Sept 1998 Stanford University
    Visiting Fellow with Prof. M.G. Mungal
    • Project Title - " Near field dynamics of free jets issuing from different types of round nozzles".
  • 1998 - 1999 University of Adelaide
    Australian Post Doctoral Fellow
    • Project Title "Developing a methodology for quantifying the mixing characteristics of industrial burners for optimisation and prediction of performance".
    • Member of the Sydney 2000 Olympic stadium flame and relay torch design team.
  • 1994 - 1997 PhD, Dept. of Mech. Eng., University of Adelaide
  • 1990 - 1993 BE(Mech), University of Adelaide
  • 1990 - 1994 Waratah Gypsum PTY. LTD (Intermittent)
  • 1989 - 1990 Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines Pty. Ltd.
    Casual Laborer
  • 1988 - 1989 Schlumberger Seaco Inc.
    • The set-up and operation of electronic instruments for deployment into gas and oil wells in the Moomba area.
    1987 - 1988 Flinders University
    Technical Officer Grade II
    • Design and construction of special purpose devices and instrumentation not commercially available.
  • 1983 - 1987 The Engineering and Water Supply Department
    Apprenticeship in Fitting and Machining
    • [Design Services Branch] Preparation of drawings and estimates, minor field survey, preparation of technical information for reports and minor engineering design.
    • [Ottoway Drawing Office] engaged in drafting, investigating and researching specifications for drawings for the manufacture/construction of pipe work and for components for manufacturing.
    • [Technical Policy Branch (I&TP)] Collection and study of data to predict a preventative maintenance schedule and servicing program for the water supply pumps in South Australia.
    • [Ottoway Machine Shop] Refurbishment of domestic and industrial water meters, the manufacture and assembly of large valves and the production of one-off components for other areas in the department.
    • [Industrial Training Centre]. 12 months intensive training in all areas of Fitting and Machining.


  • 1994 - 1997 Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Adelaide.
    Doctorate of Philosophy. Thesis Title: "The Generation of Large-Scale Structure by Jet Precession".

  • 1990 - 1993 Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Adelaide.
    Bachelor of Engineering Degree, Mechanical Engineering, B.E. (Mech) (Hons).

  • 1983 - 1987 Regency Park College of TAFE, School of Mechanical Engineering.
    Associate Diploma of Mechanical Engineering (incomplete).
    Fitting and Machining Basic Trade Certificate.


  • 2001 'CL Programming for DaVis', LaVision, Gottingen, Germany.
  • 1999 'Turbulence Modelling for CFD', D.C.Wilcox & P. Bradshaw, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia.
  • 1998 'Teaching at University', University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
  • 1996 'Combustion Technology and Engineering Course', Fuel and Combustion Technology, Adelaide, Australia.
  • 1995 'Simulating Turbulent Flows with FIDAF', Fluid Dynamics International, Sydney, Australia.
  • 1994 'An Introductory Course in PHOENICS', University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia.


  • 2002 Best Paper: The Rank Prize Funds 'Optics in Fluid Dynamics, Meteorology and the Atmosphere'.
  • 2001 David S. Nobes and Ralph P. Tatam, NPL-Metrology for World Class Manufacturing Awards 2001: 'Frontier Science and Measurement'.
  • 1998 Australian Post-Doctoral Fellowship.
  • 1985 M.I.A.S.A. Fitting and Machining Apprentice Award Winner.
  • 1983 Engineering and Water Supply Department (E&WS) Industrial Training Centre Apprentice of the Year.