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Research group

Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics

Aerospace engineer

Our group undertakes top-class research on fundamental fluid dynamics, applied aerodynamics, flow control, flight dynamics and aeroacoustics.

Part of Engineering


We undertake world-class research in aerodynamics and mechanics of flight whereby technological advancements achieved in our group can benefit academia, industry and society.

Our interactive and collegial community includes experts in:

  • theoretical, computational and experimental fluid mechanics
  • data-driven modelling and control

Using world-class experimental facilities and in-house computer simulation and modelling codes, we explore the underlying physics of fluid flow and control mechanisms. Our aim is to improve the aerodynamics and flight mechanics of the next generation of aerospace applications.

We proud to host the Airbus Noise Technology Centre. We also work with 2 Rolls-Royce University technology centres which carry out research into:

Research areas

Our main research areas include:

  • flow instability, transition and turbulence
  • compressible or high-speed flow
  • biomimetic or urban or industrial aerodynamics
  • aeroacoustics and aeroelasticity
  • complex or multiphase fluid flow
  • combustion and propulsion
  • high-resolution optical flow diagnostics
  • high-order DNS or LES and supercomputing technology
  • data-driven modelling and control theory

People, projects and publications


Dr Andrea Da Ronch

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Air vehicle design and analysis (derivative and unconventional)
  • Computational aerodynamics
  • Aeroelasticity

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Professor Bharath Ganapathisubramani

Professor of Experimental Fluid Mechani

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Dr Christina Vanderwel BSc, MASc, PhD

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Experimental Fluid Mechanics
  • Turbulence Measurements and Modelling
  • Building Aerodynamics and Urban Air Pollution

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Dr David Angland

Associate Professor
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Dr Davide Lasagna

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Applications of dynamical systems theory to fluid turbulence
  • Flow instability, optimisation and control
  • Model order reduction

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Professor Edward Richardson


Research interests

  • Thermal energy systems for power and propulsion.
  • Turbulent combustion simulation, theory and modelling.
  • Dispersion and explosion of alternative fuels and other pollutant releases.

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Emeritus Professor Ian Castro

Research interests

  • fluid dynamics
  • complex turbulent flows of industrial and environmental significance using both experimental and computational approaches
  • measurement techniques
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Dr Ivo Peters

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Bubble dynamics and jets
  • Complex fluids
  • Dynamic jamming in dense suspensions

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Professor Jae Wook Kim PhD, FRAeS, FHEA, CEng.

Professor of Aerodynamics&Aeroacoustics

Research interests

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeroacoustics
  • Compressible Fluid Flow

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Dr John Lawson


Research interests

  • Turbulent and particle laden flows
  • Optical diagnostics development (e.g. 3D particle tracking and PIV, LIF)
  • Multiphase flows with mass transfer

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