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Marc Rocher

Marc Ewenz Rocher MEng

DPhil Candidate

COLLEGE: St Edmund Hall


Marc Ewenz Rocher is a DPhil student at the Oxford Thermofluids Institute. Prior to coming to Oxford, he completed an MEng in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London, spending his third year abroad at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Marc is researching the application of Transpiration Cooling on hypersonic vehicles. He is experimentally investigating whether this technique can shield the transpired material from freestream species and hence mitigate surface oxidation. His goal is to push the boundaries of hypersonic flight, by enabling surface materials to operate beyond their oxidation temperature.

Research Interests

  • High Enthalpy Flows
  • Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Hypersonic Flows and Aerothermodynamics
  • Transpiration Cooling
  • Pressure Sensitive Paint

Research Groups

Related Academics


Ewenz Rocher, M., Hermann, T., McGilvray, M., Ifti, H. and Quinn, M., Studying the film effectiveness of transpiration cooled walls using pressure sensitive paint.

Ewenz Rocher, M., McGilvray, M., Hermann, T.A., Ifti, H.S., Hufgard, F., Eberhart, M.F., Meindl, A., Loehle, S., Giovannini, T. and Vandeperre, L.J., 2019. Testing a transpiration cooled zirconium-di-boride sample in the plasma tunnel at IRS. In AIAA Scitech 2019 Forum (p. 1552).

Buxton, O.R.H., Rocher, M.E. and Rodriguez-Lopez, E., 2018. Influence of strong perturbations on wall-bounded flows. Physical Review Fluids, 3(1), p.014605.

Awards and prizes

Department of Engineering Teaching Prize 2020