Dr. Amir Nourian

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Newton Building - G81

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I am a full-time lecturer in mechanical and petroleum engineering in the school of Science, Engineering and Environment (SEE) at University of Salford since 2013. My experiences encompass teaching, learning, curriculum development, research, innovation, enterprise, and management. I teach different engineering module at undergraduate and postgraduate levels with high progression rate and excellent students’ feedback. Currently, I am the associate head of internationally recognised Spray Research Group (SRG) at the University of Salford, collaborating with large and SME companies and educational establishments at the national and international scale. I have completed my PhD at the University of Salford on an eco-friendly valving arrangement for domestic aerosol sprays (i.e. hair spray) utilising ‘clean air’ propellant such as compressed air as opposed to harmful Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). The outcome of this research formed part of ‘Technology Transfer’ by the University of Salford. In 2014, SRG won the award of Times Higher Education (THE) for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology’ (Click Here).

My core research activities include both applied and pure research in the areas of multiphase flow, spraying systems, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), energy, environmental and air quality, and new product development (NPD) with disseminating in high-quality journals and conferences.

Since joining the University of Salford, I engaged with two KTP projects as an academic supervisor:

  • January 2017 – December 2018:

Developing a new atomiser design for Carlisle Fluid  Technology, UK which is an internationally recognised company in automotive painting spray (total project value of £140,624)

  • September 2019 – present:

Developing a novel electric vehicle charger for Autac Ltd, UK (total project value of £143,066)

Areas of research

Multiphase flow, Spraying systems, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Energy, Environmental and air quality, New product development (NPD)

Areas of supervision

PGRs (PhD and Research Fellow), MSc Dissertation, BEng final year project



My teaching focus is on the delivery of:

  • Design modules to undergraduate Mechanical and Petroleum engineering (Level 4, 5 and 6)
  • Thermo-Fluid Engineering for undergraduate Aero/Mechanical/Petroleum engineering (Level 4 and 5)
  • Drilling Engineering for undergraduate Petroleum engineering (Level 5)
  • Energy Conservation and Management for undergraduate Petroleum engineering (Level 6)

I am also the module leader of Dissertation for MSc Gas Engineering and Management and MSc Petroleum and Gas Engineering.

Research Interests

Research Interests

My main research areas cover fundamental and application analysis of:

  • Multiphase flow and spraying systems by utilising advanced laser instrumentation with applications such as spray coating, domestic aerosols, industrial spray and atomisation, and pharmaceutical
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Environmental and Air Quality
  • New Product Development and Engineering Design

Qualifications and Memberships:


  • PGCAP (2016)
  • PhD Gas Engineering (2013)
  • MSc Gas Engineering and Management (2010)
  • BSc. Mechanical Engineering (2005)


  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Member of Energy Institute

Postgraduate (PGRs) Supervision

Postgraduate (PGRs) Supervision


  • Ramadan M. Benashor, “Effect of Halite (NaCl) on Sandstone Permeability and Well Injectivity during CO2 Storage in Saline Aquifers” – Completed in 2017
  • Mohamed A. GH. Abdalsadig, “Gas Lift Optimization Utilising Automation Gas Lift Valve” – Completed in 2017
  • Kabir Hassan Yaradua, “Descaling Petroleum Production Tubing using Multiple Circular High Pressure Nozzle”, Due for Completion in 2020


  • Donatus E. Edem, Due for Completion in 2022
  • Ibrahim Bakoji, Due for Completion in 2023
  • Theodora Nannou, Due for Completion in 2025 (Part Time Study)
  • Zainab Naeem, Due for Completion in 2023