Dr Daniele Zagaglia

  • Research Associate (Aerospace Sciences)

Research interests

My main research interest is the experimental and theoretical investigation of fluid flow phenomena, especially in the field of rotorcraft aerodynamics. My research areas and expertise comprise:

  • Low-speed wind tunnel testing.
  • Wind tunnel model design.
  • State of the art flow measurement techniques (Particle Image Velocimetry, Laser Doppler Anemometry, unsteady pressure measurements) and development of novel data-processing algorithms. 
  • Rotor and propeller aerodynamics.
  • Helicopter interactional aerodynamics in confined spaces.

I am currently working on the project MENtOR (Methods and Experiments for NOvel Rotorcraft). This project is funded by the EPSRC and involves seven leading UK universities, all of which form part of the Vertical Lift Network (VLN), and its main purpose is to investigate the aeromechanics, flight mechanics and aeroelastic response of an advanced tilt-rotor configuration.


I graduated cum laude in 2013 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. In 2017 I was awarded a PhD in Aerospace Engineering by Politecnico di Milano with a thesis entitled “Investigation on the helicopter/obstacle aerodynamic interaction”. From 2017 to 2019 I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Politecnico di Milano, Department of Aerospace Science and Technology, before joining the Aerospace Sciences division of the James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, as a Research Associate in 2019.