Home page of Donald Hawken

[Grid About Airfoil in Wind Tunnel (14K)]

[Contours of Constant Pressure in Wind Tunnel (6K)]


Welcome to the my Home Page. I have a background in physics, fluid dynamics, and software design. Over the years, I have developed engineering expertise in numerical analysis, flow simulation, data plotting, visualization, and software design. I worked at Martec Ltd from October 1996 until June 2005 when my employment was terminated owing to lack of work in my area. I worked at the National Research Council of Canada before that. Some of my more recent work on the Martec IFSAS and Chinook codes can be viewed by clicking on the PowerPoint presentation below.

CFD Presentation

I have also produced software on my own. You may download sample programs. You can reach me by e-mail at djhawken@telusplanet.net.



  • Software Design: systems analysis, C, C++, Java, Rational Rose, FORTRAN, GUI, HTML, UNIX, MS Windows
  • Fluid Dynamics: physics, flow solvers, solution visualization, grid generation
  • Numerical Analysis: finite differences, finite elements, stiff differential equations
  • Simulation: fluid flow, electromagnetic fields, optics, extreme conditions of matter
  • Grid Generation: block structured, unstructured, hybrid, solution adaptive
  • Flow Solvers: explicit, implicit, Runge-Kutta, FCT, multi-grid, TVD, FCT, Godunov, front tracking
  • Fluid Flow: Euler, Navier-Stokes, turbulence modelling (k-epsilon), multiphase, reacting


  • Ph.D. in Computational Fluid Dynamics, University of Toronto 1989
  • M.Sc. Low Temperature Physics, University of Toronto, 1978
  • More than 25 years experience in R&D for industry, university, and government


         Developed solution-adaptive method for FCT solver.

         Developed K-ε model used for simulation of fast multiphase turbulent reactive flows.

         Developed front-tracking method using Level-Set method on unstructured grid.

         Developed real-gas, condensed-phase, and particle equations of state for reactive multiphase flows.

         Developed code to generate unstructured, structured, or hybrid grids about airfoils.

         Developed TVD multi-block multi-grid Euler code and modelled 2-D wind-tunnel wall interface;
stimulated further research into improved correction techniques for transonic conditions.

         Modified 3-D Navier-Stokes code, ARC3D, and simulated 3-D tunnel interference.

         Generated innovative multi-block grid about deHavilland Dash-8 aeroplane using GRIDGEN;
reduced memory usage by 45% and improved grid quality at aeroplane surfaces.

         Evaluated commercial unstructured 3-D Navier-Stokes codes for CF-18 stores separation;
chose 2-D and 3-D test cases and collaborated in subsequent validation of RAMPANT.

         Tested and improved 3-D Euler code and simulated 3-D transonic flows about CF-18 wing.

         Developed vectorized Euler code on CRAY to simulate flows in hypersonic impulse tunnel.

         Invented a dynamic solution-adaptive finite-difference technique to earn my Ph.D.

         Developed wave-tracing code to simulate explosive compression of graphite powder.

         Patent: Optics for Infrared Intrusion Detector #1095302 Canadian Patent, 10 Feb. 1981,
D. Hawken and Z.W. Turleg, used in intruder alarms manufactured by Dicon Systems.

         Developed a Monte-Carlo lens-design program and used it for optical smoke-alarm design.

Recreational Interests

  • Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Canoeing
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Mineral Collecting

Interesting Web Links

CFD Online
Directory of Computational Geometry Software
Mathematics by Topic
CFD Jobs Database

CFD Review Jobs Database
Open Positions in Mesh Generation
Meshing Jobs Database
UIUC Airfoil Database

Last changed on July 26, 2005