We are an aeromechanical research group with wide expertise in aeronautical systems. Read more Read less

We specialise in fluid mechanics, flight mechanics and propulsion to build a systems-level view of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles and guided weapons.

Occupying the Aeronautics Centre and the Intelligent Propulsion and Electromechanics Laboratory (IPEL), the Group conducts experimental and computational research in the fields of aerial vehicle and weapon aerodynamics and performance, hybrid vehicle propulsion and performance, aerial vehicle guidance and control, and aviation safety and airworthiness.

Together with extensive experimental research facilities and a long history of supporting and graduating higher degree students, the Aeromechanical Systems Group also delivers a wide variety of courses and MSc programmes to the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and to industry.

The group is led by Professor Kevin Knowles.

Supporting your business

The Aeromechanical Systems Group offers a range of education, research and consultancy services within its areas of expertise, from the hire of experimental facilities (such as wind tunnels) and staff, to complete project commissions.

About our research

Our current and recent consultancy projects include:

  • Racing car testing
  • Competition cyclist drag reduction
  • Hang-glider pilot and cocoon drag testing
  • Wind-loading assessment of structures and components, such as power-line insulators or wind-break material
  • Aerodynamic testing of novel ship designs
  • Pressure-drop measurements of radiator matrices
  • Wind tunnel design

Our current and recent research covers the technology areas of:

  • Unsteady aerodynamics and aeroelasticity
  • Compressible flows
  • Flow control
  • Ground effects
  • Propulsion and propulsion integration


  • Uninhabited air vehicles (UAVs) and micro air vehicles (MAVs, including flapping-wing MAVs)
  • Rotorcraft
  • Jets
  • Cavity flows
  • Guided weapons
  • Automotive.