Our People

Dr David Newport - Senior Lecturer
PhD, BE(Hons) Mech Eng

Mission Statement

“The Newport laboratory applies knowledge of fluid transport phenomena to address new and emergent technological challenges in the process and biomedical sectors.  The laboratory develops independent researchers for collaborative career paths along interdisciplinary interfaces”.



Dr. David Newport joined the University of Limerick as a Faculty Member in September 2004, with a background in thermofluids centred on thermal management of electronic systems and natural convection heat transfer. Since then, he has attracted in excess of €3.1M from EU, national and industrial sources, graduated 7 PhDs and mentored 10 postdoctoral researchers, and engaged in aerospace and microfluidics research activities.

At present David’s research is focussed on Process and Biomedical applications for microfluidics. He was Co-Chair of the 4th European Conference on Microfluidics and is co-authoring a book on Gas Microflows to be published by Springer. David engages in Professional Consultation for the aerospace, biomedical and process sectors.

Current activities are centred on:

  • Microfluidic Devices for Animal Reproduction
  • Fluid Dynamics of the Lymphatic Vessels
  • Fluid Dynamics of Fistulae
  • Gaseous Microflows with Thermal Effects
  • Advection of Particles and Biological Cells in Microflows

Recent Journal Publications (2012 – present)

Butler C., Newport D., 2014, “Experimental and Numerical Analysis of Thermally Dissipating Equipment in an Aircraft Confined Compartment”, Applied Thermal Engineering 73 Issue 1 pp.867-876. http://doi:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2014.08.035

Stafford J., Grimes R., Newport D., 2014, “A Compact Modelling Approach to Enhance Collaborative Design of Thermal-Fluid Systems” ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging, Vol. 136, Issue 1, doi:10.1115/1.4026051

Geron M., Butler C., Stafford J., Newport D., 2013, “Development and Validation of a Compact Thermal Model for an Aircraft Crown Compartment”. Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol 61, Issue 2, 65-74. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2013.07.012

Confrey T., Newport D., Egan V., Lacarac V., Estebe B., 2013, Transient natural convection in a conducting enclosure heated from above, Journal of Visualization, Vol. 16, Issue 1, pp. 1-4 DOI: 1007/s12650-012-0144-z http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12650-012-0144-z

Butler C., Newport D., Geron M., 2013, Optimising the locations of thermally sensitive equipment in an aircraft crown compartment, Aerospace Science & Technology, Vol. 28, Issue 1, pp. 391-400 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ast.2012.12.005

Butler C., Newport D., Geron M., 2013, Natural convection experiments on a heated horizontal cylinder in a differentially heated square cavity, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, Vol. 44, 199-208 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.expthermflusci.2012.06.009

Stafford J., Grimes R., Newport D., 2012, Development of Compact Thermal–Fluid Models at the Electronic Equipment Level, ASME Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications 4, Issue 3, 031007-1. DOI DOI: 10.1115/1.4006715 http://thermalscienceapplication.asmedigitalcollection.asme.org/article.aspx?articleid=1485045

Moore D., Newport D., Egan V., Lacarac V., 2012, “Ventilation and internal structure effects on naturally induced flows in a static aircraft wing” Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol. 32, pp. 49-58 http://doi:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2011.08.018


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