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Dr Fatemeh Salehi is a Chief Investigator at Blue Economy Cooperative Research Center (CRC) and the Co-Deputy for Macquarie Sustainable Energy Centre. She received her PhD from the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering in the University of New South Wales in 2015. She then worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Sydney before joining Macquarie University in 2018. She is an expert in the field of computational modelling of multi-phase flows with emphasis on particle and droplet flows. "Multi-phase flows are common in a wide range of engineering applications from drug inhalers to fuel injectors in diesel engines and gas turbines. Despite this, significant gaps remain in our ability to predict such flows. The recent advance in high performance computational (HPC) capacities significantly increase the potential of the computational approaches to resolve the complex physics of such flows. Her research aims to develop predictive computational tools that form the basis for improving efficiency and creating new technologies which are better for our environment.”

Her research also involves developing novel combustion models. “Fossil fuels have the highest share in the worldwide used energy however combustion results in emissions of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulates which are harmful to human health and greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) which are associated with anthropogenic climate change. This research focuses on using mathematical/computational modelling to advance clean efficient energy technologies.” Dr Salehi has extensive experience in these fields and has worked with leading research laboratories in the USA, Germany, Italy, South Korea, China and Australia.

Research interests

- Particle dynamic in turbulent flows

- Renewable clean energy technologies

- H2 technology and safety

- Turbulent combustion modelling

- Formation and characterisation of nanoparticles

External positions

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sydney


Sessional Academic, The University of New South Wales


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Multi-Purpose Offshore/High Energy Platforms: Concepts and Applications

Abdussamie, N., Garaniya, V., Wang, C. M., Karampour, H., Magee, A., Jin, Y., Yew, L. K., Draper, S., Martini, A., Underwood, M., Shearer, C., Ang, K. K., Abbassi, R., Salehi, F., Abrahams, J., Heasman, K. & Jarvis, M.


Project: Research

Research Outputs

A hybrid SVR-PSO model to predict a CFD-based optimised bubbling fluidised bed pyrolysis reactor

Jalalifar, S., Masoudi, M., Abbassi, R., Garaniya, V., Ghiji, M. & Salehi, F., 15 Jan 2020, In : Energy. 191, p. 1-12 12 p., 116414.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    CFD analysis of fast pyrolysis process in a pilot-scale auger reactor

    Jalalifar, S., Abbassi, R., Garaniya, V., Salehi, F., Papari, S., Hawboldt, K. & Strezov, V., 1 Aug 2020, In : Fuel. 273, p. 1-14 14 p., 117782.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Fluidisation characteristics and inter-phase heat transfer on product yields in bubbling fluidised bed reactor

    Clissold, J., Jalalifar, S., Salehi, F., Abbassi, R. & Ghodrat, M., 1 Aug 2020, In : Fuel. 273, p. 1-9 9 p., 117791.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Large eddy simulation of high pressure spray with the focus on injection pressure

    Salehi, F., Ghiji, M. & Chen, L., Apr 2020, In : International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow. 82, p. 1-11 11 p., 108551.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Large eddy simulation of polydispersed inertial particles using two-way coupled PDF-PBE

    Salehi, F., Cleary, M. J., Masri, A. R. & Kronenburg, A., Jun 2020, In : International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow. 83, p. 1-13 13 p., 108585.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    Using a shadow position model to calculate turbulent premixed flames in the flamelet regimes

    S. Galindo (Speaker), Fatemeh Salehi (Speaker), M. J. Cleary (Speaker), A. R. Masri (Speaker), A. Y. Klimenko (Speaker)
    29 Jul 20183 Aug 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation