Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Department benefits from the concentration of aerospace industry in the south-west of England and a key feature of the Department's research is its close links with the industry - including Airbus, Rolls-Royce, AgustaWestland, BAE Systems and others further afield.

The Department has also seen burgeoning links with the renewable energy industry. Some of these research links have led to the establishment of formal technology partnerships; the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Composites, the AgustaWestland Helicopters University Technology Centre in Vibration, and a composites technology partnership with Vestas Wind Systems.

The result of this close relationship with industry, associated with substantial research funding from other UK and EU sources, is that the Department's research is industrially relevant and at the leading edge of the aerospace sector as reflected by the high proportion of research found to be internationally excellent and world-leading in the 2008 UK Government Research Assessment Exercise.

We have good collaborative links with organisations such as EADS Innovation Works and DSTL (Defence Science & Technology Laboratory). We are also a founding members of the UK Applied Aerodynamics Consortium, and partners in the Centre for Fluid Mechanics Simulation (CFMS).

We have strong international links with numerous European partners via current EU FP7 grants:

  • Future Fast Aeroelastic Simulation Technologies (FFAST),
  • Marie Curie Initial Training Network - Self-Healng Materials (SHeMat),

and previous funding such as:

  • FP7 Marie Curie Excellence Grant on Morphing Aircraft,
  • FP6 project Chiral Smart Honeycomb (CHISMACOMB)

International interest from non-academic centres includes:

  • NASA Langley
  • Los Alamos National Laboratories
  • the US Air Force.

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    Research Output

    Probabilistic Methods for Engineering Problems

    Booker, J. D., Hoole, J. & Zentuti, N. A. M., 1 Jan 2022, (In preparation) Oxford: Elsevier Limited. 500 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

    2D Contour Following with an Unmanned Aerial Manipulator: Towards Tactile-Based Aerial Navigation

    Hamaza, S., Georgilas, I. & Richardson, T., 27 Jan 2020, 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), p. 3664-3669 6 p. (Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), IEEE International Workshop on).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    69 Downloads (Pure)

    Abnormal stiffness behaviour in artificial cactus-inspired reinforcement materials

    Zampetakis, I., Dobah, Y., Liu, D., Woods, B., Bezazi, A., Perriman, A. & Scarpa, F., 14 Sep 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Bioinspiration and Biomimetics.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Projects

    Student theses

    Adaptive Compliant Structures for Fluid Flow Control: A ‘catastrophic’ approach

    Author: Arena, G., 7 May 2019

    Supervisor: Pirrera, A. (Supervisor), Groh, R. (Supervisor) & Theunissen, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Additive Manufacturing of Soft, Functional Structures for Next-Generation Soft Robotics

    Author: Kuhnel, D. T., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Faul, C. F. (Supervisor), Rossiter, J. (Supervisor) & Richards, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Aerial Manipulators for Contact-based Interaction

    Author: Hamaza, S., 28 Nov 2019

    Supervisor: Richardson, T. S. (Supervisor) & Georgilas , I. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)



    AIAA/Collier Research Best Structures Paper

    Groh, Rainer (Recipient), Jan 2015

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    ASME SMASIS best hardware paper award

    Weaver, Paul M (Recipient), 14 Sep 2011

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Award "Fundação Engenheiro António de Almeida"

    Melro, Antonio R (Recipient), 2004

    Prize: National/international honour


    Royal Academy of Engineering (Publisher)

    Rainer Groh (Peer reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Design and analysis support on an Innovate UK project regarding composite tow-steering for aircraft wing panels

    Rainer Groh (Advisor)

    1 Apr 202031 Jan 2021

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyVia UoB

    Women's Experiences in Engineering Workshop (WES)

    Valeska Ting (Speaker), Steve Eichhorn (Organiser), Maria Pregnolato (Organiser), Hind Saidani-Scott (Organiser), R K Selwyn (Speaker) & Eleni Toumpanaki (Speaker)

    22 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion