Division of Aerospace Engineering and Fluid Mechanics

Research Impact

Our research has impact on industrial practice. In addition we work to ensure that our innovations are understood and appreciated by the broader public. Selected examples of our impact and engagement activities are:

  • We have developed algorithms to optimise routing and scheduling, enabling smoother service in airport traffic applications (https://www.transitproject.co.uk).  This work, sponsored by the EPSRC, is done in collaboration with Air France – KLM, BAE Systems, Manchester Airport Plc, Rolls-Royce Plc, Simio LLC and Zurich Airport. Read further details on the project and its impact. 
  • We are developing computational models to reduce the noise produced by jet engines. Aircraft noise is known to be responsible for many physiological and psychological effects, and our studies are helping the UK aviation industry develop improved new-generation turbofans. This work is supported by the EPSRC through the JINA project, which involves Queen Mary University of London and the University of Bristol. 
  • Queen Mary is the European leader in studies on electro spray propulsion for satellite applications. We are involved with an international team to develop disruptive electric propulsion technology for nano- and micro satellites. The HiperLoc-EP project involves Queen Mary University of London, Airbus UK, SystematIC (a Dutch IC design house that has delivered power supply and control circuitry to the Delphi C3),  and NanoSpace AB (a Swedish company; it was among the first to fly a propulsion system onboard a CubeSat in 2015).
  • With the ERC project FLEXNANOFLOWwe are developing models which will enable to optimise the dispersion of graphene in liquids, to improve the performance  new-generation nanocomposites, coatings, and lubricants that are currently using this material as "ingredient". 
  • We have worked with the UK’s Ministry of Defence to improve the liquid-repellency properties of military uniforms. Our research on this topic has been featured in the online version of Physics Today, the premier American physics outreach magazine.