Research themes

A key strength in our department is that we link fundamental knowledge to applications in engineering. Most of our research fits in one of the themes below.

Research themes

Fluid mechanics

  • Turbulence
  • Flow control
  • Biological fluid mechanics

Find out more about fluid mechanics

Aerospace materials and structures

  • Composites and materials innovation
  • Multifunctional materials
  • Smart and micro air vehicles

Find out more about aerospace materials and structures

Computational methods and mathematical modelling

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Computational Structural Mechanics
  • Optimisation and Control

Find out more about computational methods and mathematical modelling

Video intros

Experimental Aerodynamics

The first in a series of videos showcasing the Department of Aeronautics' research in Aerodynamics. This video demonstrates the breadth of research in High and Low-Speed Experimental Aerodynamics that takes place at the Department of Aeronautics.

CFD research

This video illustrates the Department's Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) research. Professor Peter Vincent talks about how we use computers to solve complex fluid flow problems, with applications across the aerospace and automotive industries, as well as marine and green energy.

Data, Optimisation, Control

Dr Georgios Rigas explains about this emerging research area, in which several methods and tools using data are exploited to tackle problems found in fluid mechanics (due to limited measurements and complex physics). Meanwhile, Dr Eric Kerrigan and Dr Thulasi Mylvaganam talk us through the concept of Control, and how control algorithms can be optimised for autonomous systems and much more beyond.

COVID-19 Research

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, our team has been assessing the airborne transmission risk of SARS-like viruses (such as COVID-19) during outdoor exercise.