Mechanical And Aerospace Engineering

  • United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Department of Mechanical Aerospace Engineering (5-rated RAE 2008) hosts a broad range of leading edge research programmes clustered in the three domains of Engineering Science, Engineering Mechanics and Engineering Systems. Our work spans a range of length scales from understanding the behaviour of nano-fluids for future medical devices to designing large ocean power systems for renewable energy supply. Our industrial collaborations encompass a wide range of key engineering sectors including energy, health, aerospace and transportation. As a flexible and broad based department which can translate ideas from conception to application, we welcome new partnerships with industry, government and academia.

Research Structure:

Engineering Science.  In Engineering Science we tackle complicated engineering situations, that may have many interacting effects, by creatively applying the basic sciences, such as physics.

Engineering Mechanics.  In Engineering Mechanics we investigate computational mechanics and finite element analysis, underpinned by core activities in mechanics of solids and structures.

Engineering Systems.  In Engineering Systems we integrate engineering expertise across clusters to explore new concepts in the targeted areas of Energy, Health and Aerospace.

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Orbits Engineering & Materials Science
Spacecraft Engineering & Materials Science
Earth (planet) Engineering & Materials Science
Asteroids Engineering & Materials Science
Composite materials Engineering & Materials Science
Trajectories Engineering & Materials Science
Erosion Engineering & Materials Science
Steel Chemical Compounds

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Projects 2003 2021

Research Output 1976 2019

5 Citations

A comparative study of discrete velocity methods for low-speed rarefied gas flows

Wang, P., Ho, M. T., Wu, L., Guo, Z. & Zhang, Y. 15 Jan 2018 In : Computers and Fluids. 161, p. 33-46 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Kinetic theory of gases
Digital voltmeters
Flow of gases
Gas dynamics

A comparative study on the cyclic plasticity and fatigue failure behavior of different subzones in CrNiMoV steel welded joint

Guo, S-J., Wang, R-Z., Chen, H. & Xuan, F-Z. 12 Oct 2018 In : International Journal of Mechanical Science. 150, p. 66-78 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

welded joints
plastic properties

A coupled peridynamics and DEM-IB-CLBM method for sand erosion prediction in a viscous fluid

Zhang, Y., Haeri, S., Zhang, Y. H. & Pan, G. 22 Feb 2018 (Accepted/In press) 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
Finite difference method
Vortex flow


Award of International Travel Grant

Haofeng Chen (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Paper Award - World Renewable Energy Congress X

Nicolas Kelly (Recipient), Arnaud Ete (Recipient), O. Ulleberg (Recipient) & G. Hoffheinz (Recipient), Jul 2008

Prize: Other distinction

Fuel cells

CNES-SGAC Grant for IAC 2018

Audrey Berquand (Recipient), 10 Jul 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Organized Financing

Activities 1980 2019

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Stack, M. (Visiting researcher)
21 Jan 201925 Jan 2019

Activity: Visiting an external academic institution

Guest Lecture at TU Delft (Netherlands)

Wilson, A. (Speaker)
13 Feb 2018

Activity: Invited talk


Building performance simulation with computational modelling software enables practitioners to realise a low carbon built environment.

Joseph Andrew Clarke (Participant), Nicolas Kelly (Participant), Paul Strachan (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEnvironment and sustainability - natural world and built environment, Professional practice, training and standards


Economic benefits from spin out company, Nautricity Ltd, and adoption of new technology to extract energy from tidal flows.

Cameron Johnstone (Participant), Andrew Grant (Participant), Joseph Andrew Clarke (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Environment and sustainability - natural world and built environment


Novel orbits for solar sail spacecraft: adoption by international space agencies and influence on their policies and investment

Colin McInnes (Participant), Malcolm Macdonald (Participant), Massimiliano Vasile (Participant), James Biggs (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Policy and legislation