School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Future Aircraft

Innovating the Future of Aerospace

Sustainable aviation is the overarching theme of our aerospace research.  This is aimed at coupling advanced simulation methods with new design, material and manufacturing processes to improve the physical, environmental and economic performance of future aircraft systems.  Research activities span aerodynamics, powerplant, aeroelasticity, aircraft operations, design, analysis & optimisation and structural testing. A major focus of our work is the integration of these disciplines into an overall systems framework.

Exemplar Research

CFD simulation of aircraft mid-air refuelling

Aerodynamic & Aeroelastic Optimisation

Computational methods for aerodynamic and aeroelastic analysis and design.

Our primary aim is to develop advanced high-fidelity methods for the analysis and design of future aerospace vehicles.

Detailed CAD model of aircraft fuselage

Digital Aircraft Manufacture and Assembly

Collaborative simulation tools and advanced virtual environments for optimal product / process design.

Improved design concurrency for digital manufacture, assembly validation and through life performance.

Global visualisation of future air traffic hubs

Aircraft Operations

Air traffic management and systems integration

Meeting the safety and efficiency needs needs of 21st century air traffic expansion.

Experimental testing aparatus

Advanced structural analysis

Experimental and numerical static strength analysis of aircraft wing and fuselage structures

Design and validation of novel geometric, material systems and manufacturing solutions

Our Research Family

Dr Adrian Murphy

Prof. Adrian Murphy

Professor

Aircraft structural design and analysis, manufacture and cost modelling

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Professor Brian Falzon

Prof. Brian Falzon

Head of School

Aero-structural optimisation, virtual testing, aerospace multi-functional composites

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Professor Cecil Armstrong

Prof. Cecil Armstrong

Professor

Computer aided engineering for aerospace applications, aircraft load and stress characterisation

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Lecturer Damian Quinn

Dr Damian Quinn

Lecturer

Aircraft structural design-for-manufacture and optimisation, virtual testing of aero-structures

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Dr Danielle Soban

Dr Danielle Soban

Lecturer

Advanced aircraft design methods, systems engineering, aircraft value driven design

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Dr Gasser Abdelal

Dr Gasser Abdelal

Lecturer

Aircraft manufacturing simulation, multi-scale and multi-physics simulation

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Dr Joe Butterfield

Dr Joseph Butterfield

Senior Lecturer

Virtual aircraft manufacture and assembly, through life engineering

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Dr Juliana Early

Dr Juliana Early

Lecturer

Aerodynamic analysis and optimisation, aircraft operations, cost-benefit analysis

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Dr Marco Geron

Dr Marco Geron

Lecturer

Thermo-fluid modelling, computational fluid dynamics, reduced order modelling

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Dr Simao Marques

Dr Simao Marques

Lecturer

Aeroelasticity modelling, multi-disciplinary optimisation, computational fluid dynamics

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Dr Trevor Robinson

Dr Trevor Robinson

Senior Lecturer

Design-simulation integration, finite element modelling, adjoint optimisation methods

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Dr Yan Jin

Dr Yan Jin

Senior Lecturer

Automated aircraft assembly, digital lean manufacturing, intelligent manufacturing

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