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

  • UO Aigbe, WH Ho, A Maity, M Khenfouch and V Srinivasu, “Removal of Hexavalent Chromium from Wastewater using PPY/Fe3O4 magnetic nanocomposite influenced by rotating magnetic field from two phase three-pole induction motor”, Journal of Physics Conference Series 984 012008.
  • R de Jaager, WH Ho, Y-C J Yen, “Validated CFD Simulations of EWH Energy Storage Based on Tank Orientation”, Transition towards 100% Renewable Energy, pp. 91-101, 2018.
  • UO Aigbe, R Das, WH Ho, A Maity, VS Srinivasu, “A Novel Method for Removal of Cr(VI) using Polypyrrole Magnetic Nanocomposite (PPy/Fe3O4) in Presence of Unsteady Magnetic Fields”, Separation and Purification Technology,194, pp. 377 – 387, 2018.
  • YD Dwivedi, WH Ho, J Donepudi, PMV Rao, “Spanwise Flow Analysis of Gliding Bio-Inspired Corrugated Wing”, Journal of Advanced Research in Dynamical and Control Systems, No. 12, pp 313-322, 2017
  • M Benaissa, IH Ibrahim, TH New, WH Ho, “Effect of leading edge protuberance on thrust production of a dynamically pitching aerofoil”, Proceedings of Topical Problems in Fluid Mechanics, pp 23-30, 2017
  • 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
  • “Teaching Mathematics in a Problem Based Learning Environment”, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Education and Education Management (EMM2012), Paper 62.

  • 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.
  • 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.                                                                                                                                     
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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 Number 3, pp 393 – 402, 2008
  • 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.
  • 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

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Visiting Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 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


  • Bio-inspired aerofoil shapes and applications
  • Investigation into sustainable use of energy through alternative and renewable energy systems
  • Computational and Experimental projects on vascular flow


  • South Africa Patent - 2015/03507
  • US Patent – 9938169


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)