His research contributions in the field of fluid mechanics, over five decades, have included: unsteady flows with application to acoustic levitation and the loading on the submerged horizontal pontoons of tethered leg platforms; the aerodynamics of wings including leading-edge separation from slender wings and supercritical flow over multi-element wings; heat transfer and combustion including diffusion flames and detonation-wave generation; vortex ring dynamics; crystal growth, in particular the Czochralski crystal growth process. Throughout these investigations complementary numerical and asymptotic methods have featured.
Prof Riley served as an Assistant Lecturer at Manchester University and spent four years as a lecturer at Durham University before he joined the University of East Anglia in 1964, the year that saw the first significant intake of students to the university
- "Professor Norman Riley". School of Mathematics, University of East Anglia, Norwich. Retrieved 2007-05-22.
- "Broadview" Aug 1999, page6
- Norman Riley's journal publications at SpringerLink
- The Navier-Stokes Equations
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