Manchester University School of Mechanical Aerospace & Civil Engineering is one of the largest in the UK, with an annual research income in excess of £8 million and about 80 full-time academics. The aerospace research is dominated by computational fluid dynamics, aerodynamics (from low-speed to hypersonics), and some experimental aerodynamics, which makes full use of several wind tunnels, including a shock tunnel and a low-turbulence tunnel for turbulent transition studies.
Within the rotorcraft field, interest and expertise exists at various levels, from the application of CFD methods to rotors, isolated fuselages, rotor interactions, helicopter configurations of various degrees of complexities, rotor wakes in ground effects, blade-vortex interaction and rotor acoustics. There is also interest in engine problems, in particular engine-airframe integration, intake aerodynamics, filtration technologies.
The aerospace research activities come under the umbrella of the University of Manchester Aerospace Research Institute (UMARI, www.umari.manchester.ac.uk ), an interdisciplinary centre across Schools and Departments, from power systems to advanced manufacturing, including a state-of the- art composites centre, and a Rolls-Royce UTC. Dr. Filippone and Dr. Bojdo are leading the rotorcraft research at Manchester; they will represent the University at the VLN, as they have been involved in a number of projects, including EU-funded FP6, FP7, CleanSky, Garteur.