ERI has a wide range of aviation/aerospace research funded by the EPSRC, the EU and corporate sponsors such as Rolls-Royce and QinetiQ. Aviation also forms an important strand of the Centre for Integrated Energy Research (CIER), which has its operational base in ERI.
Major research themes include:
Professor William Gale serves as the main point of contact for aviation/aerospace research within ERI/SPEME and can be reached on +44 (0)113 343 2796. Research interests include: Advanced materials for airframes, propulsion and space applications; the airliner cabin environment; protection of civil aviation from chemicals - biological terrorism and epidemics/pandemics through sensors and decontamination technologies; interdisciplinary activities related to aviation/aerospace and integration of these into the larger energy picture.
Dr Darron Dixon Hardy: Airport operations, airport and cross-border security, air law, aircraft reliability and maintenance, aviation meteorology.
Mr Stephen Wright: Crew resource management (CRM); human factors and performance limitations; safety management systems; aircraft systems; aircraft maintenance.
Professor Gordon Andrews: Combustion in gas turbine engines; emissions; conventional and alternate aviation fuels; mitigation of fire and explosion hazards.
Dr Hu Li: Aviation emissions; biofuels for aviation applications.
Professor Alison Tomlin: Modelling and experimental measurement of ground level emissions; modelling of combustion kinetics.