Professor Russell Boyce

Chair for Space Engineering
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Professor Russell Boyce holds the position of Chair for Space Engineering at UNSW Canberra, where he leads the UNSW Canberra Space Research effort. He brings to this role a research approach developed throughout 25 years in the field of hypersonics, coupling computational and experimental research with flight testing, most recently via the SCRAMSPACE scramjet flight experiment program which he led as Chair for Hypersonics at the University of Queensland. Professor Boyce also chairs the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Space and Radio Science, sits on the Executive Council of the Space Industry Association of Australia, and is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

In particular, Professor Boyce is focussing on four areas :
 
- establishing a capability in Space Situational Awareness, in which physics-based modelling of the interaction between space objects (satellites and debris) and their near-earth environment will be performed to add orbit-prediction (for collision avoidance) to the sophisticated array of SSA sensors that Australia will be operating in the near future. SSA is a critical area of research in the coming years and decades, and is identified as such in Australia's first national space policy released in 2013.

- using the SSA research as the vehicle to develop a sustainable university-led program to routinely conceptualise, develop and fly affordable responsible in-orbit missions to perform innovative research in space. This will include flying a minimum of four nanosat missions, which will include flight experiments for validating Space Situational Awareness simulation and observation capabilities, demonstrations of novel space-based instrumentation, and satellite formation flying. The space missions will be underpinned with world-leading ground-based experimental research employing space test chambers, advanced diagnostics and supercomputer simulations.

- promoting and strengthening UNSW Canberra's unique space engineering and space operations Master degree programs, with the aim of establishing UNSW Canberra as a leading provider of space education worldwide .

- developing a think-tank environment for space-related issues, to contribute to the evolving Australian space journey at a thought leadership level.

Chair, National Committee for Space and Radio Science (Australian Academy of Science) :

The National Committee for Space and Radio Science (NCSRS) is a newly merged committee (from Space Science and Radio Science) of the Australian Academy of Science that fosters and provides coordination of space and radio science activities in Australia. It’s activities include : liaising with national bodies and societies, undertaking reviews of the space science sector, preparing submissions to government inquiries, contributing to policy discussions of relevance to space and radio science, and providing advice to the Council of the Academy of Science. Professor Boyce was a member of the former National Committee for Space Science (NCSS) since 2008, and was elected to the role of Chairman in 2011.

Previous role - Chair for Hypersonics, University of Queensland (2007-2013) :

A Chair funded by Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) as the focal point for the relationship between DSTO and The University of Queensland (UQ) in hypersonics. Professor Boyce's mandate was to provide strategic leadership, research and teaching in hypersonics, to help ensure that the hypersonics activities of UQ and DSTO in particular, and those of Australia in general, rest on a firm foundation and maintain Australia’s position of world leadership. He established and led a team of 25 postdoctoral scientists, engineers and PhD students to achieve this goal.

As part of his hypersonics activities, Professor Boyce developed and led the successful international SCRAMSPACE program :

SCRAMSPACE was the 13-partner, $14M international project “Scramjet-based Access-to-Space Systems” funded by the Australian Space Research Program. By means of a Mach 8 scramjet flight experiment supported by extensive ground-based research and development, SCRAMSPACE had the primary strategic objective of building capacity and capability for the future Australian space sector. The SCRAMSPACE consortium included UQ, DSTO, University of New South Wales, University of Adelaide, University of Southern Queensland, BAE Systems, Aerospace Industrial & Marine Technologies (AIMTEK), Teakle Composites, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Italian Aerospace Research Center (CIRA), University of Minnesota, and the Australian Youth Aerospace Association. Over 100 journal and conference publications resulted from the program, and the research of 29 postdoc and PhD students across four Australian universities was enabled.

Book Chapters

Boyce R; Griffin D, 2018, 'Future trusted autonomous space scenarios', in Studies in Systems, Decision and Control, Springer, pp. 355 - 364, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-64816-3_20

Tirtey S; Boyce R; Brown M; Capra B; Creagh M; Dedman A; Dimitrijevic I; Pudsey A; Sharp B; Van Standen P; others , 2014, 'SCRAMSPACE: Radical-Farming Scramjet for access to space', in STO-EN-AVT-234 Hypersonic Flight Testing, Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI)

Journal articles

Capon CJ; Smith B; Brown M; Abay R; Boyce RR, 2019, 'Effect of ionospheric drag on atmospheric density estimation and orbit prediction', Advances in Space Research, vol. 63, pp. 2495 - 2505, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2019.01.013

Naughton DP; Bedington R; Barraclough S; Islam T; Griffin D; Smith B; Kurtz J; Alenin A; Vaughn I; Ramana A; Dimitrijevic I; Tang ZS; Kurtsiefer C; Ling A; Boyce R, 2019, 'Design considerations for an optical link supporting intersatellite quantum key distribution', Optical Engineering, vol. 58, http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.58.1.016106

Bricalli MG; Brown L; Boyce RR; Gollan R; Vanyai T; Pudsey AS, 2018, 'Scramjet performance with nonuniform flow and swept nozzles', AIAA Journal, vol. 56, pp. 3988 - 4003, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.J056963

Capon CJ; Brown M; Boyce RR, 2018, 'Direct and indirect charged aerodynamic mechanisms in the ionosphere', Advances in Space Research, vol. 62, pp. 1090 - 1101, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2018.06.007

Capra BR; Brown LM; Boyce RR, 2018, 'Aerothermal-structural analysis of a rocket-launched Mach 8 scramjet experiment: Descent', Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 55, pp. 501 - 517, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.A33964

Vanyai T; Bricalli M; Brieschenk S; Boyce RR, 2018, 'Scramjet performance for ideal combustion processes', Aerospace Science and Technology, vol. Volume 75, pp. 215 - 226, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ast.2017.12.021

Oberst S; Tuttle SL; Griffin D; Lambert A; Boyce RR, 2018, 'Experimental validation of tape springs to be used as thin-walled space structures', Journal of Sound and Vibration, vol. 419, pp. 558 - 570, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsv.2018.01.014

Benson C; Reynolds J; Stacy NJS; Benner LAM; Edwards PG; Baines G; Boyce R; Giorgini JD; Jao JS; Martinez G; Slade MA; Teitelbaum LP; Anabtawi A; Kahan D; Oudrhiri K; Philips CJ; Stevens JB; Kruzins E; Lazio TJW, 2017, 'First Detection of Two Near-Earth Asteroids With a Southern Hemisphere Planetary Radar System', Radio Science, vol. 52, pp. 1344 - 1351, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2017RS006398

Smith B; Boyce R; Brown L; Garratt M, 2017, 'Investigation into the practicability of differential lift-based spacecraft rendezvous', Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, vol. 40, pp. 2680 - 2687, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.G002537

Capon CJ; Brown M; Boyce RR, 2017, 'Scaling of plasma-body interactions in low Earth orbit', Physics of Plasmas, vol. 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4979191

Capon CJ; Brown M; White C; Scanlon T; Boyce RR, 2017, 'pdFOAM: A PIC-DSMC code for near-Earth plasma-body interactions', Computers & Fluids, vol. 149, pp. 160 - 171, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compfluid.2017.03.020

Capon CJ; Brown M; Boyce RR, 2016, 'Charged Aerodynamics of a Low Earth Orbit Cylinder', AIP Conference Proceedings, vol. 1786, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4967682

Oberst SM; Griffin D; Tuttle SL; Lambert A; Boyce R, 2016, 'An experimental validation of spring tape measures as thin-walled, elastic space structures', Thin Walled Structures

Pudsey AS; Wheatley V; Boyce RR, 2015, 'Behavior of multiple-jet interactions in a hypersonic boundary layer', Journal of Propulsion and Power, vol. 31, pp. 144 - 155, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.B35298

Pudsey AS; Wheatley V; Boyce RR, 2015, 'Supersonic boundary-layer combustion via multiporthole injector arrays', AIAA Journal, vol. 53, pp. 2890 - 2906, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.J053817

Capra BR; Brown LM; Boyce RR; Tirtey SC; Russell G, 2015, 'Aerothermal-structural analysis of a rocket-launched Mach 8 scramjet experiment: Ascent', Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 52, pp. 684 - 696, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.A33112

Capra BR; Boyce RR; Kuhn M; Hald H, 2015, 'Porous versus porthole fuel injection in a radical farming scramjet: Numerical analysis', Journal of Propulsion and Power, vol. 31, pp. 789 - 804, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.B35404

Bricalli MG; Brown LM; Boyce RR, 2015, 'Numerical Investigation into the Combustion Behavior of an Inlet-Fueled Thermal-Compression-Like Scramjet', AIAA Journal, vol. 53, pp. 1 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.J053513

Capra BR; Boyce RR; Kuhn M; Hald H, 2015, 'Combustion enhancement in a scramjet engine using oxygen enrichment and porous fuel injection', Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol. 767, pp. 173 - 198, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2015.43

Bricalli MG; Brown LM; Boyce RR, 2014, 'Supersonic Combustion Processes in a Premixed Three-Dimensional Nonuniform-Compression Scramjet Engine', AIAA Journal, vol. 52, pp. 1670 - 1685, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.J052640

Gehre RM; Wheatley V; Boyce RR, 2013, 'Computational investigation of thermal nonequilibrium effects in scramjet geometries', Journal of Propulsion and Power, vol. 29, pp. 648 - 660, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.B34722

Pudsey AS; Boyce RR; Wheatley V, 2013, 'Hypersonic viscous drag reduction via multiporthole injector arrays', Journal of Propulsion and Power, vol. 29, pp. 1087 - 1096, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.B34782

Pudsey AS; Boyce RR; Wheatley V, 2013, 'Influence of common modeling choices for high-speed transverse jet-interaction simulations', Journal of Propulsion and Power, vol. 29, pp. 1076 - 1086, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.B34750

Hillier R; Boyce RR; Creighton SA; Fiala A; Jackson AP; Mallinson SG; Soltani S; Williams S, 2013, 'Development of some hypersonic benchmark flows using CFD and experiment', Shock Waves, vol. 12, pp. 375 - 384, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00193-003-0179-0

Ogawa H; Boyce RR, 2012, 'Physical insight into scramjet inlet behavior via multi-objective design optimization', AIAA Journal, vol. 50, pp. 1773 - 1783, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.J051644

Gehre RM; Wheatley V; Boyce RR, 2012, 'Revised model coefficients for vibrational relaxation in a nitrogen-oxygen gas mixture', Shock Waves, vol. 22, pp. 647 - 651, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00193-012-0401-z

Ogawa H; Boyce RR, 2012, 'Nozzle design optimization for axisymmetric scramjets by using surrogate-assisted evolutionary algorithms', Journal of Propulsion and Power, vol. 28, pp. 1324 - 1338, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.B34482

Boyce R; Mudford NR; Mcguire JR, 2012, 'OH-PLIF visualisation of radical farming supersonic combustion flows', Shock Waves, vol. 22, pp. 9 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00193-011-0346-7

Brieschenk S; Gehre RM; Wheatley V; Boyce RR; Kleine H; O'Byrne S, 2012, 'Jet interaction in a hypersonic flow: A comparison between PLIF thermometry and computational simulation', 28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2012, ICAS 2012, vol. 3, pp. 2523 - 2533

Lorrain P; Boyce R, 2011, 'Supersonic fin-body interactions in an internal scramjet flow', Journal of Propulsion and Power, vol. 27, pp. 319 - 329, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.49226

Ogawa H; Alazet Y; Pudsey A; Boyce RR; Isaacs A; Ray T, 2011, 'Full flow-path optimization of axisymmetric scramjet engines', 17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2011-2347

Pudsey AS; Boyce RR, 2010, 'Numerical investigation of transverse jets through multiport injector arrays in supersonic crossflow', Journal of Propulsion and Power, vol. 26, pp. 1225 - 1236, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.39603

Ogawa H; Grainger AL; Boyce RR, 2010, 'Inlet starting of high-contraction axisymmetric scramjets', Journal of Propulsion and Power, vol. 26, pp. 1247 - 1258, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.48284

Ogawa H; Boyce RR; Isaacs A; Ray T, 2010, 'Multi-objective Design Optimisation of Inlet and Combustor for Axisymmetric Scramjets', The Open Thermodynamics Journal, vol. 4, pp. 86 - 91, http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/1874396X01004010086

Mcguire JR; Boyce RR; Mudford NR, 2008, 'Radical-Farm Ignition Processes in Two-Dimensional Supersonic Combustion', Journal of Propulsion and Power, vol. 24, pp. 1248 - 1257, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.35562

Narayan Ramanath D; Ray T; Boyce RR, 2008, 'Evolutionary algorithm shape optimization of a hypersonic flight experiment nose cone', Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 45, 3, pp. 428 - 437, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.33826

Mundt C; Boyce RR; Jacobs P; Hannemann K, 2007, 'Validation study of numerical simulations by comparison to measurements in piston-driven shock-tunnels', Aerospace Science and Technology, vol. 11, pp. 100 - 109, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ast.2006.12.002

Boyce RR; Stumvoll A, 2007, 'Re-entry body drag: shock tunnel experiments and computational fluid dynamics calculations compared', Shock Waves, vol. 16, pp. 431 - 443, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00193-007-0086-x

Faletic R; Houwing AF; Boyce RR, 2007, 'Tomographic reconstruction of shock layer flows', Shock Waves, vol. 17, pp. 153 - 170, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00193-007-0098-6

McGuire JR; Boyce RR; Mudford NR, 2007, 'Ignition enhancement via radical farming in two-dimensional supersonic combustion', Proceedings of the 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, 16AFMC, pp. 507 - 514

Boyce RR; Takahashi M; Stalker RJ, 2005, 'Mass Spectrometric measurements of driver gas arrival in the T4 free-piston shock-tunnel', Shock Waves, vol. 14, pp. 371 - 378, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00193-005-0276-3

Boyce RR; Takahashi M; Stalker RJ, 2005, 'Mass spectrometric measurements of the freestream composition in the T4 free-piston shock-tunnel', Shock Waves, vol. 14, pp. 359 - 370, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00193-005-0275-4

McGuire J; Boyce R; Mudford N, 2005, 'Comparison of computational and experimental studies on shock induced ignition in scramjets', A Collection of Technical Papers - 13th AIAA/CIRA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, vol. 3, pp. 1637 - 1652

Mudford NR; Boyce RR, 2005, 'Longitudinal stability and control of a Mach 10 "scramjet" glider', A Collection of Technical Papers - 13th AIAA/CIRA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, vol. 3, pp. 1827 - 1841

McGuire JR; Boyce RR; Mudford NR, 2003, 'CFD results of ignition enhancement for scramjet combustion', 12th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies

Mudford NR; Mulreany PJ; Mcguire JR; Odam J; Boyce RR; Paull A, 2003, 'CFD calculations for intake-injection shock-induced-combustion scramjet flight experiments', 12th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies

Boyce RR; Gerard S; Paull A, 2003, 'The HyShot scramjet flight experiment - flight data and CFD calculations compared', 12th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies

Boyce RR; Paull A; Stalker RJ, 2000, 'Unstarted inlet for direct-connect combustor experiments in a shock tunnel', Journal of Propulsion and Power, vol. 16, pp. 718 - 720, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/2.5633

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