Our Research

Building on the General Engineering context, the School has strong multi-disciplinary links across the entire range of our research. Our vision is to foster an environment that is internationally leading and among the best in the UK, reflected in the quality of our fundamental research and its knowledge exchange with industry.

Engineering research at the University of Aberdeen extends from theoretical mechanics through computational modelling to advanced engineering experiments. The current research structure has evolved since REF2014 in response to recruitment of a significant number of new academic staff and a substantial growth in research activities in both well-established and new emerging research directions. The new structure reflects the School’s needs for further enhancement of fundamental and applied studies, post-graduate students, and research income.

Research Groups

The Resonance Enhanced Drilling rig

Theoretical & Applied Mechanics

The Theoretical & Applied Mechanics Research Group is focused on (i) modelling and analysis of engineering systems exhibiting non-linear responses, and practical applications of dynamics, control and condition monitoring; (ii) impact and explosion mechanics, including fundamental understanding of energy absorption and deformation characteristics of materials and sandwich structures with metal foams and truss cores subjected to blast, shock or ballistic loading.

Power Systems, Communications and Optics research

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

The Electrical & Electronic Engineering Research Group enjoys an international reputation and profile for its activities in holographic imaging, power systems analysis, and network protocols. Research spans the development of new techniques, advanced modelling algorithms, new semiconductor devices and the development of standards working with industry.

Fluids research

Fluids & Structures

The Fluids & Structures Research Group studies two major interconnected areas: (i) hydrodynamics of free-surface flows, and (ii) mechanics of fluid-particle interactions and transport. Both areas cover natural and industrial flows at multiple scales, from sub-mm to kilometres. Studies of the free-surface flows focus on open-channel flows, coastal processes, eco-hydraulics, flow-porous-bed interfaces, and liquid-solid impacts. Research on fluid-particle interactions concentrates on sediment transport in unidirectional and oscillatory flows, low Reynolds number multiphase flows, and molecular fluids.

Granular research

Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering

The Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering Research Group focuses on scientific advances underpinned by fundamental and applied solutions to the challenges of oil and gas industry.

Chemical Engineering research

Chemical & Materials Engineering

The Chemical & Materials Engineering Research Group has an international profile in many aspects of activity in the area of functional materials (preparation, characterisation and application) and includes research in the areas of: cementitious materials, biomaterials, magnetic/electronic materials and materials for catalysis and photocatalysis.


Research Centres