Contact Dr Ioannis Goulos

Areas of expertise

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Flight Physics
  • Gas Turbines & Propulsion


Ioannis was awarded a 5-year full-time diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 2009 from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He joined the Propulsion Engineering Centre (PEC) at Cranfield University as a doctoral researcher in 2009.

Ioannis completed his doctorate on Aeroelasticity Simulation of Propulsion Systems for Rotorcraft in 2012 and subsequently joined the Propulsion Engineering Centre as a Research Fellow in Gas Turbine Technology. His research throughout the years has contributed to a wide range of aerospace and gas turbine engineering disciplines including:

  • Structural and Rotor Dynamics
  • Rotary-wing Aircraft Aerodynamics
  • Helicopter Flight Dynamics and Aeroelasticity
  • Gas Turbine Performance and Installation Aerodynamics
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Reduced Order Modelling
  • Aero-acoustics
  • Propulsion Aerodynamics and Integration

Ioannis currently works as a Senior Lecturer in Propulsion Aerodynamics and Performance Engineering at Cranfield University where he lectures on the topics of thermofluids, gas turbine component technologies, jet engine control, propulsion integration, rotorcraft aerodynamics, aeromechanics, and aeroacoustics.

Ioannis has published more than 100 technical articles on scientific journals and international peer-reviewed conferences. 

He was awarded the ‘Best Paper Award' on two separate occasions by ASME-IGTI (American Society of Mechanical Engineers - International Gas Turbine Institute) for articles he published in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Furthermore, Ioannis was awarded the Lord Kings Norton Medal by Cranfield University in 2014, for most outstanding doctoral thesis. Ioannis was also bestowed the Valensi Award (Best Paper Award) by the International Society for Air-Breathing Engines (ISABE) in 2019, as well the 2018 Silver Award by the the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) for best technical article published in the Aeronautical Journal. 

Ioannis is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Ioannis is also a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), and the Technical Chamber of Greece (TCG).

Research opportunities

Cranfield University has been at the forefront of rotorcraft research for the last 13 years, having an established track record on rotorcraft modelling, performance, and propulsion integration. Dr Ioannis Goulos currently offers fully-funded PhD studentships. These are sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Defence and Science Laboratory (DSTL) in the UK.

Novel Methods for Rotorcraft Engine Propulsion Integration PhD

This PhD studentship is within the Propulsion Engineering Centre at Cranfield University, in the field of helicopter-engine propulsion integration. The work will aim to develop and apply design capability which can assist with the prediction of installed engine performance characteristics throughout the rotorcraft design and service-life. 

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Novel Methods for the Characterisation of Helicopter Aero-acoustics PhD

This PhD studentship is within the Propulsion Engineering Centre at Cranfield University, in the field of helicopter aerodynamic and aero-acoustic modelling. The work will develop and deliver rapid analysis capability, which can assist with the prediction of noise characteristics throughout the vehicle design and service-life. This will be accomplished through the development of a novel tool for the rapid source noise prediction of integrated helicopter-engine systems.

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Current activities

  • Gas turbine engine installation aerodynamics
  • Multidisciplinary design optimisation
  • Analytical aerodynamics
  • Rotary-wing aircraft aeroelasticity
  • Helicopter flight dynamics and aerodynamics
  • Rotorcraft aeroacoustics
  • Gas turbine performance simulation
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Propulsion integration and aerodynamics
  • Leader of "Jet Engine Control" and "Fundamentals of Aircraft Engine Control" MSc modules and short courses
  • Leader of the "Rotorcraft/UAM Aeromechanics and Propulsion Modelling" short course
  • Lecturing within the Premasters Thermofluids module
  • Lecturing within the Gas Turbine Component Technologies and Propulsions Systems Performance and Integration (PSPI) short courses at Cranfield


  • Rolls-Royce plc
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
  • Technology Strategy Board (TSB)
  • Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI)
  • Group for Aeronautical Research and Technology in Europe (GARTEUR)
  • Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative (JTI)


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Conference Papers