Our Research

Academic staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are organised within six main research themes, which represent our core research interests. Within those themes are various research centres and expert teams.

Each research area contains staff whose work incorporates both fundamental and applied engineering. Our focus is on scientific innovation with the ultimate goal of solving real-world problems, improving efficiency and reducing costs within industry.

These themes are also closely linked to our teaching groups, with both our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes shaped to reflect the research strengths of our staff.


BiomechanicsBiomechanics is a rapidly growing research area within the Department of Mechanical Engineering and includes biomechanics, biomedical image analysis and the development of health-related technologies.


DynamicsOur dynamics research incorporates active and semi-active control, advanced damping techniques, structural health monitoring and uncertainty analysis.


EnergyOur energy research covers all aspects of power generation, including carbon capture, utilisation and storage, nuclear; and renewable energy technologies including wind energy, fuel cells, bioenergy, energy from waste, biomass, solar, and anaerobic digestion.

Manufacturing & Design

Manufacturing and designManufacturing and Design covers a wide range from advanced manufacturing to 'design for living'. Current areas of interest include additive manufacturing, and other advanced manufacturing technologies, ergonomics engineering and sustainable design.

Solid Mechanics

Solid MechanicsThe solid mechanics theme is concerned with the durability of engineering components and structures. Staff within the group work in the fields of tribology, composite materials, stress analysis and the mechanics of materials.


ThurmofluidsOur thermofluids research covers aerodynamics, combustion, turbulence and biofluids, using both computational and experimental tools.