Background and activities


My research is focussed on the experimental measurement of turbulent flows.  Some topics that I am actively pursuing are:

  • The generation of bespoke turbulence at high Reynolds numbers.
  • The impact of turbulence on various geometries (e.g., airfoils, buildings, wind turbines).
  • The influence of free-stream turbulence on a turbulent boundary layer.
  • The instantaneous structure of turbulent shear flows.
  • High Reynolds number pipe flows.

Academic background

2015 - 2017  Post-doctoral fellowship, University of Southampton
2009 - 2014  PhD, University of Toronto Instititute for Aerospace Studies
2005 - 2009  BASc, University of Toronto, Engineering Science (Aerospace)

On-going grants

2019 - 2022  Research Council of Norway - FRINATEK - WallMix - Near-wall mixing by free-stream turbulence
2018 - 2020  Research Council of Norway - CLIMIT - DiHI-Tech - Distributed hydrogen injection and combustion technology for next generation pre-combustion CCS schemes

PhD candidates

Post-doctoral fellow

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Hearst, R. Jason. (2019) The Use of Active Grids in Experimental Facilities. Progress in Turbulence VIII.
  • Li, Leon; Hearst, R. Jason; Ganapathisubramani, Bharathram. (2019) The Mean Velocity of the Near-Field of a Lab-Scale Wind Turbine in Tailored Turbulent Shear Flows. Progress in Turbulence VIII.
  • Vinnes, Magnus Kyrkjebø; Li, Leon; Hearst, R. Jason. (2019) PIV of the Flow Over a NREL S826 Airfoil Subjected to Different Ice Accretions. Progress in Turbulence VIII.