Shee-Meng Thai

  • Thermofluids Lecturer
  • Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science
Shee-Meng Thai

About Me

Shee Meng Thai is a lecturer in the Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering department at the University of South Wales. He was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering by the University of Glamorgan in 1999. In the same year, he was also selected as the best final year student and won the Frederic Barnes Waldron Prize awarded by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He then pursued his study and obtained a PhD in modelling and control of coal-fired boiler plant using Artificial Neural Network in 2005. His main teaching areas cover the field of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). His research interest includes monitoring, modelling and control of combustion process in high temperature furnaces and boilers using CFD and Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques. He has worked as co-investigator in several UK and EU funded research projects, comprising of the development of Intelligent Flame Monitoring System for pilot-scale as well as full-scale steel reheating furnaces. He has also involved in physical as well as Isothermal CFD modelling to investigate the potential of auxiliary firing for glass melting furnaces and also participated in ‘hot’ experiments and demonstrations of new combustion systems at pilot and full scale glass melting furnaces.
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Skills And Qualifications

  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Artificial Neural Networks
  • Physical Modelling



Publications And Past Projects

  • The Carbon Trust, "The Optimisation of Biomass Combustion on Chain Grates", in collaboration with British BioGEN and James Proctor Ltd. (2005).
  • Research Fund for Coal & Steel (RFCS), "Real-time Intelligent Diagnostics and Optimisation of Reheating Furnace Performance" (SMARTFIRE), in collaboration with Corus UK, MEFOS Sweden, BFI Germany and Aceralia-Grupo Arcelor Spain (2005).
  • Research Fund for Coal & Steel (RFCS)," Intelligent Monitoring and Control of Large Burners Fired by Pulverised Coal and Coal/Biomass Blends" (SMARTBURN), in collaboration with Universidad de Zaragoza, Union Fenosa, IEN Poland, INDRA Sistemas Spain (2008)
  • Part funded by the EU’s Convergence European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, "Mechanical and Systems Development for Biohydrogen and Biomethane Production", CymruH2Wales Project (2010).
  • EU FP7, "Carbon Reduction by Auxiliary Firing TEchniques for glass Melter" (CRAFTEM), in collaboration with GDF SUEZ, Owens Illinois Europe, SiseCam and Global Combustion Systems Ltd (2012).
  • European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) (as administered by the Welsh Government (SMARTExpertise) Programme, (SMART CIRCLE), in collaboration with Industrial Partners and the University of South Wales (2017-2020).
  • European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), BEACON project, in collaboration with other universities in Wales and the University of South Wales (2019-2021).
  • Innovate UK, Auxiliary Combustion System for Efficient Combustion with Low-NOx emissions for Foundation Industries (EcoLowNOx), in collaboration with Global Combustion Systems, Glass Futures, Tata Steel, and Liberty Steel (2021-2022).