Aeronautics & Air Transport
Fluids research in the aeronautical domain is focussed upon the understanding of the laminar-turbulent transition phenomenon and the mechanisms by which turbulence is sustained, both at incompressible and transonic speeds, and the exploitation of this understanding for the control of viscous drag and flow separation. Particular areas of expertise include laminar flow control, air-jet actuators for separation control and the study of the influence of surface roughness/waviness on flow instabilities. Both low-order and high-order numerical models are developed and applied to industrially-relevant applications. The group also maintains a number of experimental facilities, two of which - the Gaster low-turbulence tunnel and the T5 transonic tunnel - are world-class and are part of the EPSRC/UK Aerodynamics National Wind Tunnel Facility.