Contact Professor David MacManus

Areas of expertise

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Flight Physics
  • Gas Turbines & Propulsion
  • Instrumentation, Sensors and Measurement Science
  • Power Systems & Turbines
  • Renewable Energy


David MacManus received an honours B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1990 from the National University of Ireland (Galway). He followed this with a PhD, also at Galway, on the aerodynamics of Laminar Flow Control technologies for civil aircraft. In 1997 he joined the turbine aerodynamics group at Rolls-Royce Derby where he worked on a wide range of turbine aerodynamic design and research topics. During this time he worked on a variety of design and analysis aspects for civil engines such as the RB211, the Trent and BR700 families as well as European demonstrator programmes. In 2003 he returned to academia and joined the Department of Aerospace Sciences as a lecturer. During this time his MSc course lecturing focused on aerodynamic topics such as viscous flows, compressible flows, aero-engine fluid dynamics and sustainable aviation technologies. In 2010 he moved to the Department of Power and Propulsion where he took up the position as a senior lecturer and the Head of Gas Turbine Technology Group. This group is responsible for the delivery of the Thermal Power MSc course as well as the substantial Continuing Professional Development portfolio of short courses within the department. His lecturing has also extended to include turbomachinery aerothermal design and analysis. His research focus is in the areas of fluid mechanics, power and propulsion systems, energy systems, experimental aerodynamics, applied computational fluid dynamics, turbomachinery flows and non-intrusive flow measurement systems. He is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Current activities


  • Propulsion Integration
  • Unsteady fluid dynamics
  • Aerospace Aerodynamics
  • Non-intrusive flow instrumentation
  • Power and propulsion system aerothermal research
  • Engine/airframe integration
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Turbomachinery aerothermal design and analysis
  • Thermal power MSc teaching
  • Aerospace dynamics MSc teaching


  • Rolls Royce
  • Technology Strategy Board
  • Innovate UK
  • Aerospace Technology Institute
  • DSTL
  • European Commission
  • Airbus


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • MacManus DG (2010) Shock boundary layer interactions. In: Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering., Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.