Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics

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Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics

This department continues a longstanding tradition of academic excellence in the field at City University London.

The multidisciplinary department has made a major impact on engineering systems on land, sea, in the air and in outer space; from nano-scale medical implants to large-scale aerospace stations. Mechanical Engineering was one of the first departments established at City’s forerunner, the Northampton Institute, in 1894; and, in 1909, City was the first institution in the UK to introduce Aeronautical Engineering courses. Today, the department is renowned for its cutting-edge facilities, including newly upgraded wind tunnels, flight deck & motion simulators, advanced test-bed specialised in optical diagnostics for mapping internal combustion engines & high-speed turbomachinery, alternative fuels, heat exchangers and high-performance computing for numerical simulation and validation of engineering solutions. The department has strong links with industry (local, national and global), maintaining partnerships through research projects and student placements.


Research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics incorporates two expert centres that maintain strong links with industry and actively build our international reputation. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) showed a significant improvement in our research standing, with 79% of our staff rated 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent), with research income of around £2-3M annually.

Research Centre for Fluid Dynamics

This centre incorporates three strong groups specialising in computational and experimental fluid dynamics:

  • Fluid Structure Interaction Group
  • Turbulence and Flow Control Group
  • Fluids Engineering Group.

Centre for Compressor Technology

The world-renowned centre of excellence in positive displacement screw machines established in 1995 featuring strong links with industry, spin-out companies and a major International Compressors Conference.


aircraft simulator

Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics courses benefit from recently redeveloped facilities with modern teaching lecture theatres equipped with the latest interactive AV systems and modern IT laboratories which are updated annually. A dynamic virtual learning environment (Moodle) provides students with access to online course materials, resources, interactive activities, assessment and communication tools. Specialist facilities include:

  • Flight deck
  • Motion simulators
  • Wind tunnels
  • Optical IC Engines
  • Optical compressors
  • Optical fuel injection systems
  • Flywheel
  • Formula car simulator
  • Micro Turbine
  • Cavitating flows
  • High performance computing
  • Flight test course.