Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Prof WH Ho

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
School of Engineering
Department: Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Associate Professor
Tel: 011 471 3293


  • PhD Studies at University of Canterbury (New Zealand 2006 - 2009)
  • BEng (Hons) at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore, 2000 – 2004)

Fields of academic interests

  • Vortex Formation Threshold with a Jet Engine
  • Water purification using magnetic nano -composites
  • Bio-fluids flow
  • Bio-inspired aerofoil shapes and applications
  • Investigation into sustainable use of energy through alternative and renewable
  • energy systems

Field of Specialisation

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Experimental Fluid Measurements
  • Heat Transfer

Journal articles

  1. M Jermy and W. H. Ho, “Location of the vortex formation threshold at suction inlets near ground planes by computational fluid dynamics simulation”, Proceedings of the I Mech E Part G Journal of Aerospace Engineering Volume 222 Number3, pp 393–402,2008
  2. Ho Wei Hua, Mark Jermy and Henry Dumbleton, “Formation of Sink Vortices in a Jet Engine Test Cell”, IAENG (International Association of Engineers) Engineering Letters Volume 16 Issue 3, pp 406 – 411, 2008
  3. HO Wei Hua, Jordan GILMORE and Mark JERMY, “Reduction of Engine Exhaust Noise in a Jet Engine Test Cell”, Noise Control Engineering Journal 59 (2), pp 194 – 201, 2011
  4. Wei Hua Ho, New Tze How, “Suction inlet vortex investigation at low Reynolds numbers”, Transactions of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering 39 (1), pp 115 – 123, 2015
  5. HO Wei Hua and MARK Jermy, “Formation and Ingestion of Vortices into Jet Engines during Operation”, IAENG (International Association of Engineers) Transactions on Engineering Technologies Volume I: Special Edition of the International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists 2008, The American Institute of Physics, pp 132 – 143, 2009.
  6. Wei Hua Ho, “A consolidated study regarding the formation of the aero-inlet vortex”, Advances in Intelligent Modelling and Simulation, Studies in Computational Intelligence, Volume 416/2012, Springer, pp 345-364, 2012: DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-28888-3_14.
  7. Ho Wei Hua and Mark Jermy, “Validated CFD simulations of vortex formation in jet engine test cells” Proceedings for the 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, pp 1102 – 1107, 2007.
  8. W. H. Ho, H. Dumbleton and M. C. Jermy, “Effect of upstream velocity gradient on the formation of sink vortices in a jet engine test cell”, Proceedings for the International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists, pp 1767 – 1772, 2008. (certificate of merit – student)
  9. Wei Hua HO and Mark JERMY, “Effect of Turbulence Intensity on Vortex Formation Threshold in a Jet Engine Test Cell”, 25th European Conference on Modeling and Simulation, pp 231 - 236
  10. W. H. Ho, “Location of Vortex Formation Threshold at Suction Inlets near Ground Planes – Ascending and Descending Conditions”, World Academy of Science Engineering and Technology, Issue 59, 2011
  11. P.H.G. Geoghegan, C.J.T. Spence, W.H. Ho, X.B. Lu, M. Jermy, P.J. Hunter, J.E. Cater, “Stereoscopic PIV measurement of airflow in human speech during pronunciation of fricatives”, 16th International Symposium on Applications of Laser Techniques to Fluid Mechanics, Paper 3.5.3, 2012.
  12. “Teaching Mathematics in a Problem Based Learning Environment”, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Education and Education Management (EMM2012), Paper 62.

  13. “Flow behaviour associated with dynamically pitching corrugated aerofoils immersed in a free-stream”, Aerospace Technology Seminar 2013, 2013.

  14. W.H. Ho and T.H. New, “CFD analysis of bio-inspired corrugated aerofoils”, 11th International Conference of Fluid Dynamics, Egypt, 2013.

  15. T. Flint, W. H. Ho, T. H. New, M. Jermy, "Validated Unsteady Computational Fluid Dynamic Analysis of an Oscillating Bio-Inspired Airfoil", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 799-800, pp. 698-706, Oct. 2015

  16. W.H. Ho, T.H. New, “Unsteady numerical investigation of two different corrugated aerofoils”, Proceedings of the I Mech E Part G Journal of Aerospace, accepted 24th July 2016

  17. T. Flint, W.H. Ho, T.H. New and M. Jermy, “Computational study of the transient behaviour of an oscillating bio-inspired corrugated airfoil”, submitted to International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, under review.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Best session presentation, 2015 International Conference on Fluid Dynamics (Orlando, USA 2015)
  • University of South Africa, Research and Innovation Directorate, Innovation award 2013 Patent – PCT/IB2013/06129        
  • Marquis Who’s Who 2012        
  • Best session presentation 2015 International Conference on Fluid Dynamics (Orlando, USA 2015)
  • Chancellor’s Address – UNISA Spring Graduation 2014


  • Water purification using magnetic nano -composites
  • Bio-inspired aerofoil shapes and applications
  • Investigation into sustainable use of energy through alternative and renewable energy systems
  • Computational and Experimental projects on arterial flow


Short Bio

Prof Ho Wei Hua is a professor of the department Mechanical and Industrial Engineering; he has been a faculty member since 2010. He is currently the Chair Of Department. He completed his PhD at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand at the end of 2009. For his research work focus he has received numerous awards from the   International Conference on Fluid Dynamics organised by the American Society of Research and chaired by the Head of Department at Ohio State University. Prof Ho is also actively engaged in research collaboration with various local and overseas universities such as University of Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and University of Canterbury (NZ).

Project Funding

  • University of South Africa Innovation and Support Programme (3 x R100,000)
  • National Research Foundation Knowledge Interchange and Collaboration
  • National Research Foundation Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers (R550,000)
  • South Africa Technology and Innovation Agency Grant (R300,000)
  • National Research Foundation SA-Egypt Bilateral Grant (co-investigator)