Contact Dr Alistair Saddington

Areas of expertise

  • Aeronautical Systems
  • Airworthiness
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Flight Physics
  • Gas Turbines & Propulsion
  • Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Weapons Engineering


Dr Saddington was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the Aeromechanical Systems Group in 2010. He graduated from Cranfield Institute of Technology (now Cranfield University) with a BEng (First Class) in Aeromechanical Systems Engineering in 1993 and was awarded an EngD in 1997 for research on STOVL propulsion integration.

Following industrial experience with Rolls-Royce (Bristol), where he worked on compressor aerodynamics for the Lockheed F-35 propulsion System, he returned to academia in 1999 with a Lectureship in the Aeromechanical Systems Group. Dr Saddington has experience as an external examiner in both taught and research roles at a number of academic institutions. He is a regular reviewer for academic journals, and has acted as a session chair for several aerodynamics conferences. He has published over 60 research articles in books, journals and conference proceedings.

Research opportunity

Currently seeking highly motivated self-funded students to work on high-speed jet aerodynamics and cavity flows. Both of these research areas have applications to civilian and military aircraft as well as other engineering disciplines.

Current activities

Dr Saddington conducts research in the field of experimental and computational aerodynamics. Current research interests include:

Transonic cavity flow studies for aircraft weapons bays
Fundamental studies of turbulent jets with application to propulsion integration and signature reduction
Missile aerodynamics
Gust and turbulent wake effects on small UAVs
Ground effect aerodynamics of wings and bodies


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