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Division of Aerospace Engineering and Fluid Mechanics

  • Colloid electrospray spacecraft propulsion system
  • LES simulation of flow past NACA 0018 airfoil
  • CFD-based shape optimisation of a bend
  • All-electric commuter aircraft concept (MEng project)

Welcome to the research page of  the Division of Aerospace and Fluid Mechanics. The Division was created to exploit complementary strengths in Aerospace/Aeronautics and fluid dynamics research, and to support undergraduate and postgraduate education in these broad areas.

Research within the Division of Aerospace Engineering and Fluid Mechanics focuses on a variety of problems relevant to the modern aerospace and aeronautical engineering sector, from new space propulsion methods for micro/nanosatellites to algorithmic scheduling of aeroplanes taxiing at large UK airports. As a Division we are also interested in the multiscale physics and numerical simulation of fluid flows, both single-phase and multi-phase, with the span of applications from additive manufacturing to nanofluidics, solid and fracture mechanics, as well as evaluating key applications of AI to aeronautics following a systems approach considering the full product lifecycle, from design and manufacture to operation and through-life maintenance.

We aim to endow our students with the highest level of technical competence, so that they can apply to some of the best aerospace/aeronautics companies worldwide or decide to contribute with their skills to other sectors. Because aerospace engineering pushes technical knowledge to the limit, our graduates are highly sought after in all industrial and service sectors where solid analytical skills are valued.

Prof Vassili Toropov
Division Chair
Prof Vassili Toropov
Prof Sergey Karabasov
Deputy for Research
and Industrial Engagement

Prof Sergey Karabasov