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School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

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Aerospace engineering

Research in this area focuses on fundamental advances in aerodynamics - integrated with mechanical design - to enable improved autonomous airborne systems across a range of scales and applications.

Industry links

Researchers in this area have strong links with global aerospace companies Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems.

Our aerospace engineering is underpinned by expertise in turbulence modelling and flow control, integrated with material and mechanical design to innovate new aerospace systems spanning from micro-scale robotic devices, bio-inspired systems, hypersonic vehicles and disruptive space delivery technologies.

Fundamental strengths in computational fluid dynamics, experimental aerodynamics and multi-physics underpin research on fuel and engine performance with a particular focus on degradation and emissions due to unclean inflows.

There are strong links with Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems, and international partnerships including with CARDC and CAAA.

Further links are with unmanned aerial vehicle research (UAVs, drones), biomimetics, microsystems, flow diagnostics and space technologies - some financed by the EU Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 programme.

Areas of expertise

Our researchers specialise in the following areas of expertise:

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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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    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.