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Jon Hart

Dr. John Hart MEng. PhD. FHEA.

Senior Research Fellow

Summary

Dr John Hart is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER). John is an expert in computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), reverse engineering and 3D imaging. He delivers engineering solutions to a wide range of clients within the sports and healthcare sectors both within the UK and internationally. 

This has included: assisting FIFA in the development of equipment standards; development of novel sports projectiles with international clients and Badminton England, funded under the Sport England Innovation Fund; development of equipment for use with dysphagia sufferers funded by the Abbeyfield Research Foundation; CFD consultancy for Ping Golf, work which led to the G30 driver, a #1 selling driver in Europe and USA. In addition to his research John is course leader for MSc Sports Engineering and lectures on a number of modules at Sheffield Hallam University, and is the department resident photographer.

  • About

    Dr John Hart is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research. John is a design and fluids expert specializing in computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), and the application of reverse engineering and 3D imaging. He delivers engineering solutions to a wide range of clients within the sports and healthcare sectors.

    John studied at Sheffield University (obtaining a MEng degree in Mechanical engineering). He then continued at Sheffield University to complete his PhD in computational fluid dynamic analysis of supersonic ejectors, and joined CSER in 2003.  

    Current projects involve the development of novel sports projectiles working with a range of international clients. He is also involved in the development of equipment for use by dysphagia sufferers and their carers, in collaboration with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, funded by the Abbeyfield Research Foundation. He has also assisted FIFA with the development of equipment safety standards, and continues to work with other clients in understanding the efficacy of their safety equipment. 

    John has previously worked with British teams, such as British Cycling, and athletes in their preparations for the Athens, Torino, and Beijing Olympic games. In particular he worked with British Skeleton Bob Sled, as part of the UK Sport funded Innovation Program in preparation for Vancouver 2010. British Skeleton took the only British medal at the Vancouver games, a Gold for women’s Skeleton Athlete Amy Williams. Most recently he worked closely with Badminton England on product development, funded under the Sport England Innovation Fund. This work has recently been referenced in the Inspired by 2012: The legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic Games - a joint UK Government and Mayor of London report. He also provided CFD consultancy to Ping Golf, work that led to the development of their G30 driver with turbulator technology, a #1 selling driver in Europe and the USA. Images from his work featured in a solo exhibition at the Royal Institution in London, and were subsequently featured in the Aperture feature in New Scientist.

    In addition to his research John is course leader for MSc Sports Engineering and lectures on a number of modules at Sheffield Hallam University: MSc Sports Engineering, Computer simulation of sports equipment, MSc Sports Engineering, Innovation and enterprise in sports engineering, BSc Sport Exercise Technology, Design and prototyping, and is the department resident photographer.

     Areas of interest: 

    • Sports engineering
    • Aerodynamics
    • Fluid dynamics
    • Design engineering
    • CFD Simulation
    • 3D imaging
    • Turbulence & Transition Simulation in sport equipment
    • Shuttle aerodynamics and structural dynamics



  • Teaching

    MSc Sports Engineering (Course Leader):

    • Computer Simulation of Sports Equipment 
    • Innovation and Enterprise in Sports Engineering 

    BSc Sports Exercise Technology:

    • Design and Prototyping

  • Research

    Research centre:

    • Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER)

    Research theme groups:

    Current research projects:

    • Sports Projectile Related Aerodynamics
    • Development of novel equipment for use by dysphagia sufferers
    • Sheffield Innovation Partnership (SIP)
    • Development and assessment of Impact Safety Standards

    Collaborators and sponsors:

    • FIFA
    • Badminton England
    • Sports England
    • Decathlon
    • PING Golf
    • Abbeyfield Research Foundation
    • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Driscoll, H., Bullas, A., King, C., Senior, T., Haake, S., & Hart, J. (2016). Application of Newtonian physics to predict the speed of a gravity racer. Physics Education, 51 (4), 1-7. http://doi.org/10.1088/0031-9120/51/4/045002

    Lukes, R., Hart, J., & Haake, S. (2012). An analytical model for track cycling. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 226 (2), 143-151. http://doi.org/10.1177/1754337111433242

    Wheat, J., Hart, J., Domone, S., & Outram, T.A. (2011). Obtaining body segment inertia parameters using structured light scanning with Microsoft Kinect. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29 (s2), 23-24. http://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2011.609363

    Rowson, J., Yoxall, A., & Hart, J. (2008). Modelling capping of 28 mm beverage closures using finite element analysis. Packaging Technology and Science, 21 (5), 287-296. http://doi.org/10.1002/pts.803

    Guignard, B., Rouard, A., Chollet, D., Bonifazi, M., Dalla Vedova, D., Hart, J., & Seifert, L. (n.d.). Upper-to-lower limb coordination dynamics in swimming depending on swimming speed and aquatic environment manipulations. Motor Control

    Conference papers

    Delaye, S., Streeter, P., Morales, E., Wood, P., Senior, T., Hart, J., & Allen, T. (2016). Modelling the Sound of a Golf Ball Impacting a Titanium Plate. In Procedia engineering, 147, 354-359. Elsevier: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2016.06.309

    Hart, J., Allen, T., & Holroyd, M. (2010). Downhill skateboard aerodynamics. In Procedia engineering, 2 (2), 2523-2528. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2010.04.026

    Book chapters

    Larmen, R., Turnock, S., & Hart, J. (2008). Mechanics of the bob skeleton and analysis of the variation in performance at the St. Moritz world championship of 2007. In Estivalet, M., & Brisson, P. (Eds.) The engineering of sport 7 (pp. 117-125). Springer: . http://doi.org/10.1007/978-2-287-09413-2_14

    Lukes, R.A., Hart, J.H., Chin, S.B., & Haake, S. (2005). The role and validation of CFD applied to cycling. In Proceedings of the Fluent user group meeting, Warwick, UK (pp. 65-75). Fluent

    Lukes, R.A., Hart, J.H., Chin, S.B., & Haake, S. (2005). Validation of computational fluid dynamics applied to aerodynamic flows in sport with specific application to cycling. In Subic, A., & Ujihashi, S. (Eds.) Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific congress on sports technology (pp. 286-291). Australasian sports technology alliance

    Media

    Westerman, J., & Hart, J. (2011, August 1). Fly birdie fly. [video]. Sheffield Hallam University

  • Media

    Dr John Hart is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER). John is an expert in computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), reverse engineering and 3D imaging. He delivers engineering solutions to a wide range of clients within the sports and healthcare sectors both within the UK and internationally. This has included: assisting FIFA in the development of equipment standards; development of novel sports projectiles with international clients and Badminton England, funded under the Sport England Innovation Fund; development of equipment for use with dysphagia sufferers funded by the Abbeyfield Research Foundation; CFD consultancy for Ping Golf, work which led to the G30 driver, a #1 selling driver in Europe and USA. In addition to his research John is course leader for MSc Sports Engineering and lectures on a number of modules at Sheffield Hallam University, and is the department resident photographer. 

    The Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) is led by Dr Simon Goodwill. It is the world's largest academic group in sports engineering and an internationally renowned centre of excellence for research and knowledge transfer. The centre's work is based on four research disciplines; applied computing, biomechanics, design engineering, and skill acquisition. In each area, researchers develop fundamental knowledge and deliver applied solutions to enhance athletic performance, reduce injury and promote physical activity.

    CSER works in partnership with many sport, health and commercial organisations. We are immensely proud of our work with Team GB Olympic, and Paralympic athletes, and we enjoy research partnerships with global organisations such as the International Tennis Federation, FIFA, and Adidas.


    Areas of expertise:

    • Sports engineering
    • Aerodynamics
    • Fluid dynamics
    • Design engineering
    • CFD
    • Simulation
    • 3D imaging
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