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School of Engineering and Materials Science

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Division of Engineering Science



Welcome to the research web page of the Division of Engineering Science (DES).

Members of the Division are interested in:

  • Computational Engineering of Thermo-fluids and Solids 
  • Micro and Nanomechanics
  • Robotics and Control
  • Experimental methods applied to fluid mechanics and  heat transfer 
  • Control theory
  • Optimisation 
  • Aerospace and aeronautical structures
  • Aerospace propulsion
  • Control theory
  • Energy research

» Learn more about our research topics

We develop computational models to investigate physical phenomena across different length scales (from large scale fluid motions to the dynamics of molecules) and apply complex mathematical models to optimisation problems, robotics and control systems.  We develop new generation robots,  unmanned aerial systems (UAVs), and propulsion systems for the aerospace industry. Simulations  are often complemented by experiments on model systems.

Our research  is used to tackle industrial and societal problems ranging from predicting the mechanical response of nanocomposites and biological tissues, to understanding transport in cardiovascular systems, to predicting loading by wind and water in renewable energy systems or the aerodynamic performance of F1 cars.

Collaborations with the Division of Bioengineering and Biomaterials and the Division of Materials Science in SEMS, as well as with other Schools  (e.g., QMUL's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, School of Medicine and Dentistry) are extremely active.

Chair Professor
Prof Vassili Toropov

Deputy for Research
Prof Kaspar Althoefer

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