Current research funding in Aerospace Engineering and Fluid Mechanics

Aerospace Engineering and Fluid Mechanics

Funded Research Projects

The following are current funded research projects taking place within the research division:

Colloid Electric Propulsion Technology

Principal Investigator: John STARK
Funding source: Airbus Defence & Space (2855) Ltd
Start: 15-12-2016  /  End: 31-12-2026
Amount: £150,000

Test section and schematic of a NACA0012 aerofoil trailing edge with canopies
Surface treatments for next generation quiet aerofoils

Principal Investigator: Sergey KARABASOV
Co-investigator(s): Vassili TOROPOV
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-04-2021  /  End: 31-03-2024
Amount: £412,529

The project in collaboration with the University of Southampton and the University of Manchester is devoted to high-resolution modelling and experiments aimed to reduce aerofoil noise. Introducing ‘canopies’ into the turbulent boundary layer may produce significant reductions in the surface pressure variation near the trailing edge, and hence similar reductions in the far field noise.

EC Jetting: Towards the Next Generation of Printing Technologies

Principal Investigator: Ahmed ISMAIL
Co-investigator(s): Rafa CASTREJóN
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 15-01-2022  /  End: 14-01-2024
Amount: £296,834

Small nozzles, which are used to deposit small volume of liquids, are more prone to clogging and breaking and more difficult to manufacture. This project aims to develop a novel technique to produce jets that are 100 times smaller than the nozzle in size (no need for small nozzles) and printing frequency that is one order of magnitude higher than the natural electrojetting pulsation technique (fast printing).

iCASE Award Industrial Contribution BT

Principal Investigator: Jun CHEN
Funding source: BT PLC British Telecommunications PLC
Start: 01-10-2019  /  End: 30-09-2023
Amount: £36,000

The Jetting of Complex Inks for Industrial Inkjet Technologies - KTP

Principal Investigator: Rafa CASTREJóN
Co-investigator(s): Neil CAGNEY
Funding source: Innovate UK
Start: 01-10-2021  /  End: 30-09-2023
Amount: £180,000

Multiscale Modelling of Dissolutive Wetting

Principal Investigator: Yi SUI
Funding source: EU Commission - Horizon 2020
Start: 01-06-2021  /  End: 31-05-2023
Amount: £179,947

DJINN: impact on future Ultra-High-Bypass-Ratio commercial and business jet aircraft
Decrease Jet-Installation Noise (DJINN)

Principal Investigator: Sergey KARABASOV
Funding source: EU Commission - Horizon 2020
Start: 01-06-2020  /  End: 31-05-2023
Amount: £171,866

The motivation of DJINN is to work on jet-wing interaction noise for representative engine, pylon and wing configurations at relevant flight conditions. The ambition of the QMUL team is to work with the leading UK and EU universities and aerospace companies in order to maintain industrial and economical leadership in the highly competitive global aviation market.

Disinfecting indoor air against diseases as COVID and TB in cities in the Indian subcontinent
Disinfecting indoor air against diseases as COVID and TB in cities in the Indian subcontinent

Principal Investigator: Eldad AVITAL
Co-investigator(s): Fariborz MOTALLEBI
Funding source: Royal Academy of Engineering
Start: 15-04-2021  /  End: 14-04-2023
Amount: £39,490

The aim of this project is to develop an air filtration system for the Indian subcontinent with heavy pollution settings, while having air infection risk. Strategies of deployment and usage will be developed along with training of UK and Indian students, and knowledge transfer with industry with overall UK & India budget of £80k.


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Funding source: Commission of the European Community
Start: 01-04-2017  /  End: 31-03-2023
Amount: £1,017,645

2D nanomaterials hold immense technological promise thanks to extraordinary intrinsic properties such as ultra-high conductivity, strength and unusual semiconducting properties. Our understanding of how these extremely thin and flexible objects are processed in flow is however inadequate, and this is hindering progress towards true market applications. When processed in liquid ...

Fig 1: CFD of a blade profile with no flow control (left), with injection flow control at leading edge (right) causing blur of wake and reduction in trailing-edge noise [1]. Fig 2: Model mounted in TAU wind tunnel seeking to mitigate low frequency noise.
Innovate blade aerodynamic technology for wind turbines

Principal Investigator: Eldad AVITAL
Funding source: British Council
Start: 01-12-2021  /  End: 31-01-2023
Amount: £12,620

Innovate blade aerodynamic technology for wind turbines The project seeks collaboration to improve the aerodynamic and aeroacoustic performance of small to mid size wind turbines. Such turbines can harness wind energy available in urban and rural areas. Computational and experimental expertises of QMUL and TAU are joined to seek optimal configurations of passive and active control. The project includes: sharing research methodologies, joint academic research communications and follow-up with joint grant submissions.

Air Cleaning Technologies (ACT): design protocol

Principal Investigator: Eldad AVITAL
Co-investigator(s): Vassili TOROPOV
Funding source: DOH Department of Health - GOV UK
Start: 01-04-2021  /  End: 15-12-2022
Amount: £89,018

ACT is a multi-centred randomised control trial of two air disinfection technologies which have the potential to mitigate the airborne transmission of the Covid-19 virus within schools: Portable high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters Upper-room ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (ur-UVGI) 30 primary schools from across Bradford are trialling these technologies to assess both the feasibility and efficacy of using these in schools, see