Professor in Applied Fluid Mechanics and Director, Institute for Aerospace Technology, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham

Hervé Morvan is the Director of the Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) and a Professor in Applied Fluid Mechanics in the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering.

From 2015 onward he is also the Academic Lead for the University of Nottingham Aerospace and Transport Technologies Research Priority Area.

Hervé joined Nottingham from ANSYS in 2003, as a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) specialist. Since then he has been awarded in excess of £15m in funding from EPSRC, ATI, IUK, the EC and from industry, mainly working on the simulation of single and two-phase internal flow problems for application to the aerospace (aeroengine fluid systems) and energy (oil and gas) sectors. He also coordinates the 'INNOVATE' Marie Curie ITN based at Nottingham.

Hervé's main industrial association has been with Rolls-Royce and in particular the company's Fluid Systems Group and Transmission and Drives SCU. In 2009 Hervé spent 6 months in the company as a Royal Academy of Engineering fellow and CFD specialist and, from 2009 to March 2013, was seconded to the company as a consultant for one day per week. He had to abandon this role (though he remains an occasional consultant to the company) as he took on his current position in the IAT.

Hervé is the Deputy Director and Head of Fluids for the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Gas Turbine Transmission Systems a 40 strong research team with a strong focus on oil systems and the simulation of those. The Fluids group has made quite an impact delivering design guidelines in use in the company as well as developing and progressing numerical methods beyond TRL4. The team also regularly supports project activities.

Hervé's latest role and biggest challenge is to lead the development of the Institute for Aerospace Technology, work with government and industry to create bridges between academic research and industry, articulate a research programme that delivers high quality outputs and support their ambitions and those of the University, federate colleagues around this research agenda, deliver the funding and necessary research and progress the development and integration of aerospace technologies to TRL6. He ambitions to achieve demonstration and to contribute to the acceleration of the delivery of innovation, to benefit the aerospace sector and meet its demands. Hervé is passionate about aerospace and aerospace research and relishes the challenge and the ambitions Nottingham has for this sector, which is one the priority areas for the University.

In a more public way, Hervé has also made a significant contribution to the Speedo 2008 and 2012 Olympics Campaigns as the Speedo Aqualab CFD advisor. Swimming burst onto the scene in and after 2008, partly as a result of the success of the British Swimming team and of the Speedo LZR Racer the Aqualab team, he was a core member of, developed.

Some of the coverage from the collaboration with Speedo:

Financial Times

Daily Telegraph:


Science Daily:

Speedo video on YouTube:

In Aug. 2009 he was awarded the 16th Harold J. Schoemaker Award by IAHR.


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    Professor in Applied Fluid Mechanics and Director, Institute for Aerospace Technology, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham