Dr Daniel Bell

Senior Lecturer


I am a Senior Lecturer in Thermo-Fluids Engineering and also the Subject Coordinator for the MSc Engineering programmes. I graduated in 1999 with a BEng(Hons) degree in Automotive Engineering and undertook a PhD focusing upon the application of Computational Fluid Dynamics for Hydraulic Damper Performance Prediction.

I have spent time working within the Construction Industry and also held a short term position building automotive dampers at Prodrive. I teach on all years of the Undergraduate Engineering degree programmes and also deliver a Postgraduate module. I presently teach Vehicle Aerodynamics, Thermo-Fluids Engineering and Computer Aided Design modules. I have supervised Postgraduate projects that have focused upon the application of Computational Fluid Dynamics modelling of Ground Vehicles, from passenger vehicles to race cars.

I have experience in testing mountain bike dampers and undertaken comparative testing in conjunction with a local mountain bike company.

Teaching Responsibilities:

I am presently the Subject Coordinator for the MSc Engineering programmes, prior to this I was the BSc, BEng and MEng Subject Coordinator. Current teaching responsibilities include:

  • First Year Thermo-fluids
  • Second Year Thermo-fluids
  • Second Year Mechanical Engineering Design and Computer Aided Engineering
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Vehicle Aerodynamics

Memberships and affiliations:

I am an Associate Member of the IMechE and presently undertake role of secretary on the Oxford Area, Thameswey IMechE Committee.
I have undertaken External Examiner duties for Coventry University.

Academic interests:

  • Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Internal Combustion Engine modelling.
  • Modelling of Hydraulic Dampers using Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Application of Computational Fluid Dynamics to Sports Engineering
  • Low Drag Vehicles
  • Human Powered Vehicle Design


Bell, D., Balkwill, J., “Experimental and Finitie Element Damper Shim Analysis”. 5th Euromech Solid Mechanics Conference ESMC-5, August 17-22, 2003, AUT, Thessaloniki, HELLAS.

Bonatesta, F., La Rocca, S., Hopkins, E., and Bell, D., "Application of Computational Fluid Dynamics to Explore the Sources of Soot Formation in a Gasoline Direct Injection Engine," SAE Technical Paper 2014-01-2569, 2014, doi:10.4271/2014-01-2569.

Dr Shpend Gerguri


Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Oxford Brookes University
Wheatley Campus
United Kingdom