Expert teams

Collaboration with industry is at the core of our research and we are always interested in developing new industrial partnerships.


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Alongside our research themes and research centres we have a number of expert teams. These are flexible groupings of academics and researchers whose work touches on similar themes.

While our research themes represent our strengths in traditional engineering areas, our expert teams reflect changing research interests within the department and are concerned with developing innovative solutions to specific engineering problems.

Our research staff have expertise in a wide range of areas and can assist your company in solving manufacturing problems, testing components and designing systems and mechanisms.

We can also advise your business on how to increase production, reduce costs and drive innovation.

Below is a selection of areas in which our staff regularly work with industry. If you’d like to work with us please click on a research area to find a contact.

If your query relates to an area not listed please contact our Industrial Liaison Officer, Dr Kevin Hughes.


Additive manufacturing

The Additive Manufacturing Team is leading research and development of the High Speed Sintering process, which has the potential to be the world's first Additive Manufacturing technology to compete with established manufacturing processes such as injection moulding for high volume production.

Advanced manufacturing
Aerodynamic design optimisation
Aerospace engineering

'Aerodynamic optimisation of low observable flying wing UAVs with high lift constraint' (EPSRC & Defence Science and Technology Laboratory)

Aerospace system dynamics
Anaerobic digestion
Automotive chassis manufacturing
Automotive powertrain

Current work in this area includes research into the use of bio-lubricants in automotive engines, the effect of engine component wear due to soot contaminated and aged oil and the understanding, modelling and mitigation of automotive engine valve recession, through projects funded by Ford.

Automotive vehicle dynamics


Bearing condition monitoring

Research in this area includes the European Commission funded projects 'MySPINE: Functional prognosis simulation of patient-specific spinal treatment for clinical use' and 'MECHANOBIO: Finite element simulations of mechanobiology in tissue engineering'.


Carbon capture and storage
Combustion and heat transfer

This team performs research, analysis and simulations of thermal energy systems using experiemental as well as computational approaches. Projects in this area include 'Thermal Hydraulics for Boiling and Passive Systems' and ''Clean Energy Utilisation from Biogas and Biomass Gasification'.

Computational fluid dynamics

The team develops advanced CFD models, numerical and meshing methodologies and computer codes, and applies them in a wide range of industrial applications, including aerodynamics, energy systems (wind, wave and nuclear), bio-medical and two-phase flow systems. They also perform fundamental studies of turbulence, transition and drag reduction.

The team uses Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS), Large Eddy Simulation (LES), Detached Eddy Simulation (DES), Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) and Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM).

Computational structural modelling

Members of the computational structural modelling team are involved in developing techniques to predict the mechanical behaviour of materials and structures in loading conditions.

Condition monitoring and non-destructive testing

This team performs research, analysis and simulations of thermal energy systems using experiemental as well as computational approaches. Projects in this area include 'Thermal Hydraulics for Boiling and Passive Systems' and ''Clean Energy Utilisation from Biogas and Biomass Gasification'.


Data analysis and signal processing
Dexterity modelling and quantification


Engineering design

Recent work in this area includes a hoist design for off-shore wind farms with wave compensation (KTP with Mechan Ltd.) and the design of a mobile waste compactor (KTP with Bergmann Direct Ltd).

Experimental stress analysis


Flow measurement
Fracture mechanics of polymers, composites and engineering components 
Friction stir welding
Fuel cells


Health technologies
Heat transfer
Human interactions

Current funded projects in this area include 'Using Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to understand the properties that affect the friction of human skin' (ESPRC) and 'The use of vibro-tactile feedback in design of electronic devices for the aging population'.


Internal strain measurement of transparent materials

Laser sintering
Landing gear design
Low value manufacturing


Machining vibrations
Manufacturing technology

Research conducted by this team includes the numerical modelling of metal forming using thermo-elastic-plastic finite element modelling.

Materials processing

Current work in this area includes the numerical modelling of various processes such as rolling, forging, friction stir welding and spinning processes. Recent funded projects include 'MatProFuture - New materials processing technologies for sustainable future' (European grant).

Meta materials
Metal manufacturing
Micro air vehicles
Modal analysis
Morphing structures


Nonlinear dynamics

Members of the team are expert in areas including nonlinear system identification, analytical nonlinear dynamics and uncertainty analysis for nonlinear systems.

Areas of focus include parametric identification of physical models of control rod mechanisms in gas-cooled nuclear reactors (funded by EDF) and satellite and space-tether applications. Current funding includes membership of the EPSRC Programme Grant consortium on 'Engineering Nonlinearity'.

Nuclear dynamics
Nuclear engineering

Funded projects in this area include 'Thermal Hydraulics for Boiling and Passive Systems'(EPSRC)and 'CFD Investigation of Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor (AGR) Cross-Flows for Hartlepool' (EDF Energy).


Oil and gas
Outdoor sound propagation


Polymer materials
Porous media
Printed electronics
Printed electronics and smart materials

Funded projects that are currently being undertaken in this area involve 'Reactive Inkjet Printing and Controlled Crystallisation' (EPSRC) and 'Inkjet Printed Sensors' (Pennine Water Group).


Railway engineering

Recent funded projects in this area include 'Investigating the benefits of laser cladding railway track' (TSB with Tata, Sandvic and Laser Cladding Technology Ltd.) and 'Ultrasonic characteristion of the wheel/rail contact' (Voestalpine & Network Rail)

Renewable energy

In the field of renewable energy recent work has focused on lightweight offshore gearbox feasibility in wind turbines, as well as the development of a specialised high performance wave energy converter.



Security printing
Sports equipment
Stress damage failure analysis

Recently funded projects in this area include 'Quantification of Local Deformation and Damage in Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS)' (Tata Steel Europe & M2i) and 'Full-field, non-destructive, measurement of through thickness stresses in glass products' (Pilkington plc and the University of Bristol)

Structural dynamics
Structural health monitoring


Thermal energy and flow systems
Turbulent drag reduction

Work in this area includes experimental and computational studies of non-equilibrium turbulence a recent funded project has focused on 'Turbulence and Wall Shear Stress in Unsteady Internal Flows with Rough Surfaces' (EPSRC).


Uncertainty analysis

The team's work has been funded by the EPSRC Platform Grant 'Uncertainty Propagation in Structures, Systems and Processes'. Recent funded projects in this area include 'A novel Methodology for Modelling Complex Biomechanical Systems using Bayesian Uncertainty Analysis' (funded by The Leverhulme Trust).

Unsteady flow in pipes


Vibration control and damping
Virtual reality dynamical simulations


Wear and lubrication
Wind energy

Centres of excellence

The University's cross-faculty research centres harness our interdisciplinary expertise to solve the world's most pressing challenges.