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There are huge opportunities for reducing collisions, injuries and emissions in future traffic through advanced design and manufacture of the next generation of vehicles and control systems.
In this research group, we have brought together experts in accident investigation and traumatology, with those who are experts in light weight structures and optimisation and vehicle performance modelling (including tyre and suspension systems). In addition, we look at the contribution electric motors will play in efficiency and then also look at how advances in control systems engineering will contribute to future vehicle design and functional safety.
Extreme light weighting without degrading vehicle safety can be achieved only through multifunctional structures. We are researching and developing multidisciplinary optimisation algorithms and tools that facilitate the design, analysis and verification of these structures.
To complement work on the performance of vehicles within a collision we also look at new communication and control systems designed to avoid collisions through driver support functions.
Vehicle dynamics, impact and safety
Structural analysis, optimisation algorithm development and implementation
Automotive safety, lightweighting, optimisation and human trauma predictions
Motion control, active dynamics and learning behaviour
Optimisation and control, electric and hybrid vehicles, autonomous vehicles
Analysis & optimisation for engineering design, connected & autonomous vehicles
Flight safety, flight data monitoring, aircraft flying qualities, in-flight loss-of-control
Power electronics, semiconductor engineering & batteries
Instrumentation and control
Energy, plasmas and compressed air
Mobility & Transport
Induction motors, insulation and rotors