Biography

Born in Derby in 1965 and attended John Port School Etwall. Studied Mathematics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge 1983-90 with PhD on “Nonlinear Wave Propagation with Diffusion and Relaxation”, partly sponsored by Rolls-Royce and under the supervision of Professor David Crighton FRS. From 1990-1992 he worked with Prof Ed Kerschen at the Dept of AME, University of Arizona,  looking at Boundary Layer Receptivity,  funded by NASA Langley.  In 1993 worked as a visiting researcher at ICASE, NASA Langley, before returning to Cambridge as Fellow and Director of Studies at Christ’s College. Joined UEA in 1995. During time at UEA has also held visiting researcher posts at  University of Arizona, UNAM (Mexico City), and University of Western Australia.  Awarded University Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2003 and nominated for award in 2008 and 2011. Director of Admissions for School of Mathematics since 2007. Outreach activities include Christmas lectures and school outreach from 8 year-olds to 18 year-olds, both in UK and SE Asia. Interests include kayaking, cricket and following Derby County Football Club.

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Career History

  • 1983-87 Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, BA and Part III Mathenatics  
  • 1987-90  Gonville & Caius College & DAMTP, Cambridge, PhD
  • 1990-92  Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona, USA
  • 1993 Institute for Computer Applications to Science and Engineering (ICASE), NASA Langley
  • 1993-95  Christ’s College Cambridge, Fellow and Director of Studies
  • 1995-to date School of Mathematics, UEA

All Publications

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Schofield, J., Hammerton, P.

(2014)

Numerical and asymptotic solutions of generalised Burgers' equation,

in Wave Motion

51

(6)

pp. 919–934

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(Published)


Schofield, J., Daniels, D., Hammerton, P.

(2014)

A Multiple Migration and Stacking Algorithm Designed for Land Mine Detection,

in IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing

52

(11)

pp. 6983-6988

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(Article)

(Published)


Hammerton, P., Bassom, A.

(2014)

The effect of a normal electric field on wave propagation on a fluid film,

in Physics of Fluids

26

(1)

article no. 012107

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Hammerton, P., Bassom, A.

(2013)

The effect of surface stress on interfacial solitary wave propagation,

in Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics

66

(3)

pp. 395-416

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Hammerton, P.

(2013)

Existence of solitary travelling waves in interfacial electrohydrodynamics,

in Wave Motion

50

(4)

pp. 676-686

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Hammerton, P., Schofield, J.

(2012)

Numerical and asymptotic solutions of generalised Burgers’ equation,

in AIP Conference Proceedings

1474

pp. 347-350

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Tooke, R., Blyth, M., Hammerton, P.

(2012)

Oscillatory oblique stagnation-point flow toward a plane wall,

in Acta Mechanica

223

pp. 449-461

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Hammerton, P., Turner, M.

(2009)

Analysis of the unstable Tollmien--Schlichting mode on bodies with a rounded leading edge using the parabolized stability equation,

in Journal of Fluid Mechanics

623

pp. 167-185

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Turner, M., Hammerton, P.

(2006)

Asymptotic receptivity analysis and the parabolized stability equation: a combined approach to boundary layer transition,

in Journal of Fluid Mechanics

562

pp. 355-381

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Hammerton, P., Kerschen, E.

(2005)

Leading-edge receptivity for bodies with mean aerodynamic loading,

in Journal of Fluid Mechanics

535

pp. 1-32

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Johnson, M., Hammerton, P.

(2003)

Effect of molecular relaxation processes on travelling wave solutions of sonic boom waveforms,

in Wave Motion

38

(3)

pp. 229-240

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Johnson, M., Hammerton, P.

(2002)

Asymptotic solutions of sonic boom waveform propagation,

in Nonlinear acoustics at the beginning of the 21st century

pp. 295-298

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Hammerton, P.

(2001)

Effect of molecular relaxation on the propagation of sonic booms through a stratified atmosphere,

in Wave Motion

33

(4)

pp. 359-377

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Hammerton, P., Kerschen, E.

(2000)

Effect of leading-edge geometry and aerodynamic loading on receptivity to acoustic disturbances.,

in Proceedings of Fourth I.U.T.A.M. Symposium on Transition

pp. 37-42

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(Published)


Nichols, D., Hammerton, P.

(2000)

Receptivity for a flat plate with a rounded leading edge.,

(Other)

(Published)


Hammerton, P.

(1999)

Comparison of Lam-Rott and Brown-Stewartson eigensolutions of the boundary-layer equations,

in Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics

52

(3)

pp. 373-385

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Hammerton, P., Kerschen, E.

(1997)

Boundary-layer receptivity for a parabolic leading edge. Part 2. The small-Strouhal-number limit,

in Journal of Fluid Mechanics

353

pp. 205-220

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Hammerton, P., Kerschen, E.

(1996)

Boundary-layer receptivity for a parabolic leading edge,

in Journal of Fluid Mechanics

310

pp. 243-267

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Hammerton, P., Crighton, D.

(1993)

Overturning of nonlinear acoustic waves. Part 1 A general method,

in Journal of Fluid Mechanics

252

pp. 585-599

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Hammerton, P., Crighton, D.

(1993)

Overturning of nonlinear acoustic waves. Part 2 Relaxing gas dynamics,

in Journal of Fluid Mechanics

252

pp. 601-615

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Key Research Interests

Nonlinear Acoustics

Research focussed on the propagation of sonic booms through a realistic atmosphere.

Atmospheric conditions modify the  ray path and the resulting shock rise-time and over-pressure.

 

Boundary-layer Receptivity

Interaction of free-stream disturbances with boundary layers, with particular relevance to laminar-turbulent transition on solid bodies.

 

Solitary surface waves

Long-wave length disturbances on surfaces, particularly in cases when presence of surfactant or electric field leads to interactive surface boundary layer.

 

Scattering Problems

Radar detection of land-mines and use of ultrasound in determining composition of colloids (relevant to food industry)

 

Main unifying thread of research is asymptotic analysis supplementing numerical results.

Teaching Interests

Teaching interests span whole range of Applied Mathematics from first lectures in Calculus, through optional courses in quantum mechanics and Lagrangian mechanics, to final year modules in mathematical techniques. Undergraduate and Masters projects have focussed on the application of fluid mechanics to fields such as musical instruments, golf, cycling and  kayak design.