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Durham University

Department of Engineering

Staff Profile

Professor Simon Hogg, BSc PhD CEng FIMechE

Head of Department of Engineering in the Department of Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41513
Room number: E376 (Higginson Building)
Member of Durham Energy Institute Advisory Board in the Durham Energy Institute
Room number: E376

(email at

Simon Hogg returned to academia from industry in January 2010. He holds the Ørsted Chair in Renewable Energy at the University and is also the Executive Director of the Durham Energy Institute ( He is a mechanical engineer with research interests in the general areas of power generation conventional steam and gas turbine plant, wind turbines, energy systems and waste heat recovery. He the Principal Investigator of the EPRSC Future Conventional Power Research Consortium (Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Leeds & Oxford Universities), which is considering the effect of the change in power mix from the growth of wind on the flexible operating requirements for conventional steam and gas power plant. He is also the Durham University lead member on the Executive Management Team of the EPSRC Supergen Wind Hub (Cranfield, Durham, Loughborough, Manchester, STFC & Strathclyde Universities). This is one of the EPSRC’s Supergen research coordination organisations, focusing on the UK academic contribution to wind power research in this case.

Simon graduated with a BSc and PhD from University of Manchester. His PhD study was funded by Rolls Royce and concerned developing computational fluid dynamics codes for designing gas turbine combustors. He held University posts at Oxford (Rolls Royce funded Research Fellow) and then Leicester (University Lecturer) Universities for the 10 years following completion of his PhD. He then moved into the power generation equipment supply industry joining Alstom’s power generation division in 1998. He worked first in Steam Turbine R&D as a group leader and R&D project manager. In 2003 he moved into Alstom’s Steam Turbine Retrofit Business where he held senior management/technical leadership positions in technical sales and order engineering, eventually becoming Engineering Director in 2007.

Simon is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Research Interests

  • Power generation turbomachinery
  • Wind power


Selected Publications

Conference Paper

Edited book

Journal Article


  • Hogg, S.I. & Hilfer, M. (2013). A Seal Assembly. GB1309769.6. Application filed: 31 May 2013. Granted: 30 November 1999
  • Hogg, S.I. (2012). Sealing Device For Reducing Fluid Leakage in Turbine Apparatus. PCT/GB2011/051892. Application filed: 5 October 2011. Granted: 26 April 2012
  • Hogg,S.I., & Urlichs, K., (2005). Sealing arrangement using brush seals. GB2393766-A WO2004031627-A1 AU2003283439-A1 DE10393433-T5 US2005206087-A1 US7559554-B2. Application filed: 4 April 2005. Granted: 22 September 2005
  • Hogg, S.I., , Rhodes, N.A., & Schoenfeld, E. (2004). Process for producing leaves for leaf seal. GB2413602-A WO2005103536-A1 EP1740857-A1 CN1946958-A US2007261225-A1 GB2413602-B US7487588-B2 CN101691889-A CN1946958-B. Application filed: 26 April 2004. Granted: 3 November 2005
  • Hogg S.I. (2004). Sealing arrangement in turbine machinery. US2005194745-A1 GB2411931-A DE102005009402-A1. Application filed: 8 March 2004. Granted: 8 September 2005
  • Hogg, S.I., & Walker, P.J. (2004). Sealing arrangement using flexible seals. US2005104300-A1 DE102004049117-A1. Application filed: 14 October 2004. Granted: 19 May 2005
  • Hogg, S.I., (2002). Brush seal with angled bristles. GB2393223-A. Application filed: 18 September 2002. Granted: 24 March 2004

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