Women in Engineering – Airedale’s Rinku Patel
Airedale Air Conditioning, Leeds, UK, June 22, 2017 International Women in Engineering Day returns on 23 June around the world for its fourth year running. Setup in 2014 by the Women's Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary, this national, and now international, awareness day focuses attention on the amazing careers in engineering and technical roles, expecially for girls and young women, and celebrates the achievements of women engineers.
To coincide with this year’s #INWED17, Airedale’s Rinku Patel, CFD & Mechanical Design Engineer shares her passion for Computational Fluid Dynamics, Engineering and the ACR industry.
Tell us about your role at Airedale
As a CFD and Mechanical Design Engineer I am responsible for creating special mechanical drawings and work instruction sheets for any production order for the manufacturing department.
This is so that manufacturing understands for that particular production order, exactly how the unit should be built and what the associated components and any special requirement from the customer is.
I am also responsible for conducting all CFD analysis on our customers’ data centres to understand the airflow and temperature distribution within their data centre.
What attracted you to the industry?
I was more curious to understand how mechanical objects surrounding us, which we use in our day to day life i.e. refrigerators, car engines etc. work. From my teenage years I’ve had this curiosity and hence I choose the field of Mechanical Engineering.
During my studies in India I found ‘refrigeration and air conditioning’ the most interesting as a subject (as I guess this is more linked to our day-to-day lives).
What excites/interests you about the industry?
I am working in refrigeration and heat transfer field – the subject which I enjoy the most that excites me more. I studied a module in Computational Fluid Dynamics during my MSc, and using this technology and knowledge to resolve the industry airflow and temperature problems for customers can be challenging and fun.
What do you specialise in now?
I am specialised in CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) – one specific aspect of Mechanical Engineering. CFD is a computational technology that uses numerical methods to solve and analyse fluid flow and temperate related problems.
Within the CFD computer software we create a 3D model of the space or object and visualize the temperature, velocity, pressure and airflow distribution for a given scenario. This type of analysis helps to predict the situation before making huge investment and also helps to find the airflow and temperature-related problems.
What would you say to other women who are considering coming into the ACR industry?
If a woman wants to choose ACR industry and enjoy the field then should keep confidence in her despite other challenges and progress ahead. If there is a strong desire to do something; anything can be achieved in the world by anyone - gender does not matter.