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Professor David Sims-Williams, MA PhD CEng MIMechE MSAE MAIAA

Deputy Head of Department in the Department of Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42508
Room number: E362

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Prof. Sims-Williams undergraduate teaching includes/has included Level 1 Fluid Mechanics, Level 1 Programming, Level 2 Heat Transfer, Level 3 Compressible Flow, Level 3 Materials Selection, Level 4 Low Carbon Vehicles, Level 4 Turbomachinery and Level 4 Aeromechanics (Theoretical Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics).

Prof. Sims-WIlliams acts as Faculty Advisor to the Durham University Electric Motorsport team (see

Research Project topics include:

  • Impacts of Unsteady Onset Flows on Vehicles
  • Unsteady and Asymmetric Wake Flows Behind Bluff Bodies
  • The Development of Instrumentation - especially pneumatic probe measurements for unsteady flows
  • Flow Measurements Around Rotating Wheels including Telemetry Development

Research Groups

Department of Engineering

Research Interests

  • Aerodynamic Unsteadiness
  • Road and Racing Car Aerodynamics
  • The Development of Advanced Wind Tunnel Instrumentation and Analyses


Chapter in book

  • Yang, H, Sims-Williams, DB & He, L (2006). Unsteady Measurement with Correction on Tubing Distortion. In Unsteady Aerodynamics, Aeroacoustics and Aeroelasticity of Turbomachines. KC Hall, RE Kielb & JP Thomas Springer.

Conference Paper

Doctoral Thesis

  • Sims-Williams, DB (2001). Self-Excited Aerodynamic Unsteadiness Associated with Passenger Cars. School of Engineering. University of Durham. PhD.

Journal Article

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Engineering: Aerodyamics - Especially Road Vehicle Aerodynamics, Racing Car Aerodynamics, Fluid Flow Istrumentation