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Queen's University Belfast

Queen’s is a broadly based, research-driven university with a dynamic world-class research and education portfolio and strong international connections.  The University's priority is to achieve nationally and internationally recognised research excellence in all of its many and varied disciplines, with world-class research in distinctive niches and thematic areas. An emphasis is placed on the expansion of inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary activities.

Research at Queen's is focused through a formal framework of Research Clusters and Interdisciplinary Forums, each led by an established research leader. There are twenty-one research-led Schools, comprising over 90 research clusters.

The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, where the research for this project is being carried out, i s one of only 4 four departments in the UK to be rated as 5* in both the 1996 and 2001 Research Assessment Exercises (RAE).  Within the school there are 3 main research clusters, namely, Internal Combustions Engine Research Group (ICERG), Centre of Excellence for Integrated Aircraft Technologies (CEIAT) and Polymer Processing Research Centre (PPRC).  The Research Cluster on Integrated Aircraft Technologies has a research strategy based on Aerodynamics and Acoustics, Structures, Systems Integration and Bio-Fluids.   The school boasts 31 academic staff and numerous PhD students, and Post Doctoral research students.