Portrait of Mr Kuldip Ubbi Mr Kuldip Ubbi

k.s.ubbi@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472392


Unusual these day’s, I started my career in engineering  as a craft apprentice (at Renold Gears) without any formal qualifications and through six years of part-time study, I achieved the HNC in Engineering plus endorsement at distinction level. I also gained Top Apprentice awards throughout my apprentice and several class awards. This success lead to a student  apprenticeship offer (from David Brown Gears) to study for a B. Eng. (Hons) sandwich degree in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Bradford.

My career at David Browns was varied; manufacturing engineering, CNC programming, process planning, stress engineering and finally developing bespoke CAD programs for gear design and draughting during the infancy of CAD. I also completed a part-time post-graduate Diploma in Management Sciences at the University of Manchester.

I have been employed in academia as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer for the last 25 years. My major area of expertise is in CAD/CAM and CAD/CAM Management. I have taught this subject area at both under-graduate and post-graduate level and my major administration responsibility has been as Project Tutor, organising and managing dissertaions for final year students, amongst other administration duties.

I have undertaked various consultancies in either CAD/CAM development work for companies or advising companies on the successful application and exploitation of CAD/CAM and various Teaching Company Schemes, College Based Partnership Schemes, as well as design orientated RECRAFT projects to assist small manufacturing companies.

More recently I have been involved in research and application of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) for pipe line analysis, wind turbines, commercial vehicles and industrial valves. Some of this work has lead to various publications.

Research and Scholarship

I am a member of the Energy, Emissions, and the Environment Research Group (EEERG). My current research area is the application of CFD for solving a range of diverse fluid flow probems and optimising designs. I also have research interest is in the area of the cost effective application of CAD/CAM technologies and automating these processes through inverse design methodologies.

Research Grants:

  • Teaching Company Scheme – Blackhall Engineering, £125k, Reduction of WIP (Work in Progress) and design of a new range of cryogenic valves, programme manager, 1997-99.
  • ERDF-Recraft Grant, £59k, A novel design for the Junior Rotax Max racing kart for a local kart manufacturing company, 1999-00.  

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Asim, T., Mishra, R., Ubbi, K. and Zala, K. (2013) ‘Computational Fluid Dynamics Based Optimal Design of Vertical Axis Marine Current TurbinesProcedia CIRP: TESC 2013 - 2nd International Through-life Engineering Services Conference , 11, pp. 323-327. ISSN 2212 - 8271

Pradhan, S., Mishra, R., Ubbi, K. and Asim, T. (2013) ‘Optimal design of a four-sensor probe system to measure the flow properties of the dispersed phase in bubbly air-water multiphase flowsSensors and Actuators A: Physical , 201, pp. 10-22. ISSN 0924-4247

Asim, T., Mishra, R., Nearchou, A. and Ubbi, K. (2012) ‘Effect of the Length and Diameter of a Cylindrical Capsule on the Pressure Drop in a Horizontal PipelineJournal of Physics: Conference Series , 364 (1), p. 012069. ISSN 1742-6596

Conference Item

Pradhan, S., Mishra, R., Pillutla, G. and Ubbi, K. (2015) ‘Flow diagnosis in a domestic radiator’. In: FLUVISU 2015, 16th-20th November, Pleumeur-Bodou/Lannion, France

Asim, T., Sendanayake, I., Mishra, R., Zala, K. and Ubbi, K. (2013) ‘Effects of a Moving Surface Boundary Layer Control Device (MSBC) on the Drag Reduction in Heavy Commercial Vehicles’. In: 40th National Conference on Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Power FMFP 2013, 12-14 December 2013, NIT Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, India

Asim, T., Mishra, R. and Ubbi, K. (2013) ‘Effect of the Shape of Stator Blades on the Performance Output of a Vertical Axis Marine Current Turbine’. In: 26th International Congress of Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, 11-13 June 2013, Helsinki, Finland

Asim, T., Mishra, R., Saqib, M. and Ubbi, K. (2011) ‘Pressure Drop in Capsule Transporting Pipeline Carrying Spherical Capsules’. In: 38th National Conference on Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power, 15-17 December 2011, Bhopal, India

Asim, T., Mishra, R., Saqib, M. and Ubbi, K. (2011) ‘Optimisation of a Capsule Transporting Pipeline Carrying Spherical Capsules’. In: Maintenance Performance Measurement and Management 2011, 14-15 December 2011, Lulea, Sweden


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Degree Supervision

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