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School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Areas of expertise

Our research activities and interdisciplinary approach are underpinned by the diverse expertise of our staff and researchers.

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    The use of ground and flight-based experimental test techniques to improve design and grow innovative aerodynamics concepts for the future.

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    Aerospace vehicle systems

    We work at the frontier of what is possible in the design and operation of unmanned vehicles that operate in the Earth’s atmosphere, low Earth orbit and under water.

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    Engines and emissions

    Our research is dedicated to finding innovative solutions to reducing carbon emissions from engines in land-based and airborne vehicles and helping to mitigate the effects of climate change from fossil-fuel combustion.

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    Industry 4.0

    Also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0 covers automation and data exchange in new digital technologies, including cyber security, Big Data, the Internet of Things and machine learning.

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    Laser processing

    Laser material processing is a multidisciplinary subject, covering multi-physical processes such as thermal, mechanics and optical modelling in multi-scales.

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    Management of projects

    Researching process, people and technological issues associated with the policies and practices of project-based organisations.

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    Materials for medicine

    We work at the interface between physical and biological sciences, developing a new generation of artificial tissue models to underpin human regeneration processes.

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    Mechanics and physics of solids

    Understanding and modelling the life of engineering materials and structures during their service.

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    Our research allows exciting opportunities to provide novel engineering solutions for a wide range of problems within many diverse areas including aerospace, robotics, energy, biomedical and nuclear applications.

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    Offshore renewable energy

    Reduction of carbon emissions and the generation of renewable energy combine to form the greatest challenge of our age.

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    SPH @ Manchester

    Smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) is one of the most exciting new areas in the field of computational fluid dynamics.

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    Structures in extreme environments

    We work to understand the safety and resilience of structures, particularly in extreme situations, contributing to improved methods of assessment, design and construction.

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    Research into fluid mechanics, encompassing renewable energy, thermal power, nuclear hydraulics and turbulence modelling.

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    Virtual engineering

    Virtual Engineering is a fusion of cutting-edge computer science, visualisation and engineering simulation, using augmented and virtual reality to develop new, intuitive tools for the future of engineering.

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    Water resources

    Research to help guarantee the security and sustainability of resource systems (water, energy, food, environment) in the 21st century.