Nilla Karlsen-Davies

Centre Project Officer

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Kirkham Building, KM108

+44 (0) 1772 89 5307

Subject Areas: Engineering, Energy and Sustainability

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Nilla Karlsen-Davies works in the Centre for Waste Management at the University of Central Lancashire as a Project Officer. Her role is to provide support on projects within the Centre and assist in the delivery of the ERDF Eco-Innovation Cumbria project. This includes working with businesses in Cumbria to improve their business and environmental performance through R&D of eco-innovative technologies, products and services by facilitating access to academic support and coordination of student internships.

Nilla’s research interests include renewable energy & sustainability, life cycle analysis, energy efficiency and computational fluid dynamics. She is currently completing her PhD research on factors affecting the performance and reliability of regenerative pumps. She has previously been involved in feasibility studies carried out by small to large businesses on renewable technology, sustainability and energy efficiency and has experience in design, development, manufacturing, deployment and testing.


  • MEng (Hons) Sustainable Engineering, Lancaster University, 2013


13th European Fluid Machinery Congress, The Hague, Netherlands, October 2016. Computational analysis of the effects of manufacturing tolerances on the performance of a regenerative liquid ring pump

High Performance Computing-Based Computational Fluid Dynamics for Offshore Renewable Energy Workshop, Lancaster University, UK, April 2016. Life cycle assessment of a regenerative liquid ring pump using CFD coupled with HPC

Faculty of Science & Technology Christmas Conference, Lancaster University, UK, December 2015. Life cycle assessment of a regenerative liquid ring pump

12th European Fluid Machinery Congress, Edinburgh, UK, October 2014. Review and state of the art of regenerative liquid ring pumps

Research Activities

  • Numerical and experimental modelling of a regenerative liquid ring pump to determine factors affecting its performance and reliability.
  • Design optimisation of a vertical-axis tidal stream energy device.
  • Optimisation of a spiral pancake coil boiler economiser using theoretical and numerical analysis.
  • Structural analysis of a combined offshore wind & wave energy platform.
  • Design study of a Pelton turbine.


  • Eco-Innovation Cumbria European Regional Development Fund (2016-2020)

The Eco-innovation project aims to support SMEs to improve their efficiency, grow capacity and develop new solutions for industry. A range of short to long term interventions are being developed. The project brings together expertise from the University of Central Lancashire, Cumbria University and Lancaster University.

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