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Prof. Lowenberg is a member of the Dept. of Aerospace Engineering and Head of the Dynamics and Control Research Group. His principal research interest is nonlinear flight dynamics in general, including related wind tunnel experimentation, and in the use of bifurcation analysis to study nonlinear systems in particular. This work was instrumental in initiating bifurcation-based flight dynamics studies in the UK, following a number of research contracts with the then Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA). These led DERA to invest in both in-house bifurcation analysis capability and other external contracts aimed at refining the techniques and software for flight dynamics applications. More recently, Lowenberg and his research collaborators have focused not only flight dynamics applications (with Airbus and NASA Langley Research Center) but also aircraft ground manoeuvres and landing gear shimmy analysis (with Airbus) and on periodically forced systems, namely rotor stability (with AgustaWestland Helicopters) and flapping-wing vehicle flight.

The experimental work is presently aimed at the development of a novel wind tunnel multi-degree-of-freedom dynamic test rig for improving the understanding of aircraft behaviour during manoeuvres involving nonlinear/unsteady aerodynamics. The 'manoeuvre rig' allows motions in up to 5DOF under conditions that replicate the onset of departure/upset behaviour, and is designed to be used both to help develop mathematical modelling techniques for such conditions, and to 'physically simulate' responses in a manner as close as possible to free flight. This is a collaborative effort involving Prof M. Goman at De Montfort University and the IIT Kanpur.

Lowenberg has been a member of the AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Committee (and Technical Co-Chair of the 2012 AIAA Atmospheric Flight Dynamics conference) and previously the AIAA Guidance, Navigation & Control Technical Committee and the Royal Aeronautical Society Aerodynamics Committee. He has served on the EPSRC Peer Review College since 2002. He has co-created (with Prof. Mikhail Goman of De Montfort University/TsAGI) an MSc module/short course on Nonlinear Flight Mechanics.

In addition to research and postgraduate supervision (has or is supervisor/co-supervisor to more than 20 PhD's), Prof. Lowenberg teaches subjects in the 2nd year Flight Mechanics unit, 3rd year Experimental Aerodynamics and the final year Aircraft Dynamics & Control unit in the Masters in Aeronautical Engineering degree programme; and supervises 3rd and 4th year projects, including the final-year Design Project.

Prof. Lowenberg was Senior Tutor and 3rd Year Tutor in the Department during academic year 2012-13, and Head of Department from 2007 to 2011.

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ALPES

Castellani, M., Castrichini, A., Gaitonde, A. L., Jones, D. P., Lowenberg , M. H., Poncet-Montanges, A. P., Tartaruga, I., Valente, C. & Cooper, J. E.

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  • Research Output

    Frequency-Domain Bifurcation Analysis of a Nonlinear Flight Dynamics Model

    Nguyen, D. H., Lowenberg, M. H. & Neild, S. A., 19 Jul 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Nonlinear Blade Stability for a Scaled Autogyro Rotor at High Advance Ratios

    Rezgui, D. & Lowenberg, M. H., 1 Jan 2020, In : Journal of the American Helicopter Society. 65, 1, p. 1-19 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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    Nonlinear Frequency Response Analysis to Inform Aircraft Control Law Design

    Nguyen, D. H., Lowenberg, M. H. & Neild, S. A., 5 Jan 2020, AIAA Scitech 2020 Forum. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)

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

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    Activities

    NASA, Langley Research Center, National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), Langley Res Ctr

    Mark H Lowenberg (Visitor)

    21 Jan 201424 Jan 2014

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

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    Mark H Lowenberg (Host)

    10 Feb 201414 Feb 2014

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    NASA, Langley Research Center, National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), Langley Res Ctr

    Mark H Lowenberg (Visitor)

    20 Feb 20135 Mar 2013

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Supervised Work

    An investigation into the use of a pendulum support rig for aerodynamic modelling

    Author: Kyle, H., 2004

    Supervisor: Lowenberg, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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    Development and evaluation of a wind tunnel manoeuvre rig

    Author: Pattinson, J., 2010

    Supervisor: Lowenberg, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Education (EdD)

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    Guidance and Control Elements for Improved Access to Space: from Planetary Landers to Reusable Launchers

    Author: Simplicio, P. V. M., 28 Nov 2019

    Supervisor: Marcos, A. (Supervisor) & Lowenberg, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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