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Energy Research Institute

Applications in Air and Ground Transportation

Aircraft in flight

Aviation/Aerospace Research

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:

  • Combustion in Gas Turbine Engines and Enhanced Efficiency
  • Advanced Materials for Aerospace Applications
  • Aviation Fuels, including Alternative Fuels
  • Emissions and their Control
  • Enhancing the Performance of the Civil Aviation System, Ranging from Maintenance to Pandemic Preparedness

Key Personnel

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.