DesignFlow is built on the expertise of its founder and manager Adam Kyte CEng MIMechE. Adam’s extensive experience as both a design engineer and industrial CFD consultant give us a holistic approach to engineering design and analysis. Adam graduated from Liverpool University in 1995 and completed an MSc at Southampton University in 2004. He has worked in industry since 1995 with experience including large diesel engine test equipment design (GEC Alstom), high performance automotive engine design (Cosworth Technology) and design of lifeboats and associated systems (Royal National Lifeboat Institution). Since 2005, he has worked as an engineering consultant specialising in CFD and took the post of Lecturer in Mechanical & Marine Engineering Design at Plymouth University in 2010. He has completed consultancy projects for a wide range of industries, examples including:
- Automotive: vehicle aerodynamics, electric motor cooling, coolant pump performance.
- Marine: racing kayak development, marine craft systems cooling, planing vessel analysis.
- Environmental: Power station thermal pollution, weir flow analysis.
- Nuclear: sediment transport in coolant pipes.
- Medical: arterial blood flow, artificial hip fatigue, atomiser droplet size prediction.
- Chemical/Industrial Process: Chemical Vapour Deposition, rheology instruments, metal quench cooling , Active Magnetic Regenerative Refrigerator performance prediction.
- Electronics: swirl induced instability in hard disk drives, wind load on communications antennae, electronics cooling, solar shielding of precision electronics.
- Domestic/consumer products: shower mixing valves, domestic waste heat recovery systems, development of a self-heating baby bottle from concept to mass production.
Channel 4 & Discovery viewers have seen Adam's practical design skills first-hand in Scrapheap Challenge (2005) and Full Metal Challenge (2003). In Full Metal Challenge, the design brief was to produce a vehicle that is “fast, manoeuvrable, less than 3 tonnes, works in water up to 1m deep, and withstands impact from any direction”
- The twin engined, 8-wheeled vehicle was designed in 3 weeks of spare time, built in 4 weeks.
- The team competed against 27 international teams including USA, Canada, Australia, Chile, China, Russia.
- Won comfortably, due to structured, risk mitigation based design process.