Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
The School of Aerospace and Vehicle Engineering (SAVE) has evolved from the former Department of Aerospace and Aviation Engineering which was established in 2009. It is positioned to deliver teaching, training and research functions across the complete transport vehicle themes, i.e. aerospace, space, aeronautics in addition to surface-based vehicle systems. Its structure and composition cater for academic roles concerning the development, design and operation of spacecraft, aircraft, land vehicles and marine transport products and their operating systems. The mandate is delivered through expert exploitation of synergies that exist in and out of the transport engineering sector, from development through to operations. In all cases, the fundamental requirement entails addressing the critically important requirement for transport vehicle safety. The generic approach includes design, manufacture and operation of vehicular structures across the entire transport vehicle stream which is comprises of spacecraft, rockets, aircraft, automobiles, ships and trains. Hence starting with the processes of identifying the appropriate materials, design & trade-offs, specification of appropriate manufacturing systems, acceptance testing, maintenance and finally through to obsolescence, all involve basically similar procedures. Furthermore, since such vehicles travel through some form of fluid medium, their designs must conform to the physics of fluid dynamics, i.e. on one hand, air for spacecraft, aircraft and automobiles (aerodynamics), and on the other, water for ships and other marine vehicles (hydrodynamics).
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