Aerospace engineering

Manchester has a distinguished history in turbulence modelling

Our research covers the key areas of aerospace engineering, including aerodynamics, acoustics, autonomous systems, and engineering design and optimisation. In strong collaboration with the aerospace industry, we undertake cutting-edge research of practical importance using both experimental and computational approaches.

The aim of our research is to develop the understanding and modelling capability which would enable the development of tomorrow's aerospace technologies.

Why don't you come and join us?

Available PhD projects

Key people

Collaboration with industry

We have strong industrial links with Airbus, Rolls-Royce, EADS, DSTL, MBDA, ESTEC/ESA. We are a preferred academic partner for BAE Systems in experimental aerodynamics and dynamic loads.

Research facilities

Our research is supported by state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities.

We have an extensive range of wind tunnel facilities covering speeds from subsonic to Mach 6.

Our computational work is undertaken using in-house and commercially available software, and is supported by the high-performance University computing cluster.

We are actively developing and applying advanced numerical algorithms to flows in complex scenarios.

We are also one of the largest unmanned aerial systems research centres in the UK, with equipment including rotorcraft, small and large fixed wing aircraft, and extensive research and testing facilities. 

Research centres and institutes

Aerospace engineering is a multi-disciplinary subject with exciting technological breakthroughs often made through collaborations among researchers specialised in different fields. Currently, we have ongoing research collaborations with the following research centres and institutes in the University:

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