The University of Southampton
Engineering and the Environment

Aeronautics, Astronautics and Computational Engineering

Our Aeronautics, Astronautics and Computational Engineering activities are related to the science and engineering of aircraft, spacecraft and other aerodynamic systems. The AACE unit comprises three groups: Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics (AFM), Astronautics (Astro) and Computational Engineering and Design (CED).  The unit undertakes a broad range of research including:

Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre at Southampton

Airbus Noise Technology Centre (ANTC)

Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Computational Modelling

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These involve fundamental and applied studies of aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, flight dynamics, space physics and spacecraft systems, using both computational and experimental facilities. Applications include reducing aircraft noise and fuel consumption, increasing wind-turbine efficiency, the fidelity of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software, mitigating space debris, etc. More specific information on our activities can be found by following the links for the relevant research groups or courses.

Decision Analysis and Support Tools for the Aerospace Industry
Space Debris in Geostationary Earth Orbit

Our research expertise includes computational and experimental studies of transitional and turbulent flows, mechanisms of near-wall turbulence, aeroacoustics, wind-turbine arrays, environmental pollution dispersion, race car aerodynamics, electric propulsion, remote sensing, multi-functional spacecraft structures, modelling the solar high-energy radiation environment, and guidelines for mitigation of space debris.

Our researchers reached above the clouds in a first-of-its-kind experiment to develop new technologies that probe the stratosphere using an unmanned vehicle.
ASTRA phone

Our research expertise includes computational and experimental studies of transitional and turbulent flows, mechanisms of near-wall turbulence, aeroacoustics, wind-turbine arrays, environmental pollution dispersion, race car aerodynamics, electric propulsion, remote sensing, multi-functional spacecraft structures, modelling the solar high-energy radiation environment, and guidelines for mitigation of space debris.

Consultancy is provided primarily through the Research Institute for Industry. RIfI is a cutting edge consultancy and applied research organisation able to support and collaborate with industry in the specialist fields of mechanical engineering.

Research and teaching is supported by access to a range of state-of-the-art computational and experimental facilities, some of which are the largest of their kind to be found in university environments.

Our facilities include:

Testing UAV designs in the wind tunnels
Testing UAV designs

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