Research spotlight

Investigating the effects of changes in external aircraft shape on aircraft performance

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Research spotlight

Our reputation

2nd in the UK for Mechanical Engineering - Research Excellence Framework 2014

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Our reputation

Research facilities

We have a wide range of facilities to support our teaching and research

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Research facilities
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Research and innovation

The School of Mechanical Engineering is internationally recognised for high quality fundamental and applied research covering many aspects of mechanical engineering science and practice. We have a track record of delivering high-quality research to solve real world problems with particular expertise in: engineering systems and design; thermofluids, surfaces and interfaces; medical devices and regenerative medicine.

We’re exceptionally proud that we are second in the UK for Mechanical Engineering for the quality of our research according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. 

The School is home to a large community of committed and passionate research staff and students, accessing a range of facilities and working within dedicated research laboratories. 

Collaborative links

We have strong collaborative links with other schools within the University of Leeds, as well as with other academic institutes and industry around the world. Our research is underpinned by extensive industrial collaborations and excellent experimental facilities, including the following funded by the EPSRC:

Recent grants

Our research is funded by research councils, industry and charities both in the UK and overseas.

  • Anne Neville, Heriot-Watt University, FAST 6, (Dec 2016), £39,600
  • Filippo MangoliniEPSRC, Nanoscale investigation of the surface reactivity of ionic liquids under harsh tribological conditions, (Dec 2016), £97,009
  • Ardian Morina, Anne Neville, Komatsu Ltd, Komatsu project, (Dec 2016), £60,000
  • Anne Neville, EPSRC, Corrosion prediction in residual Co2 streams; shifting the paradigm, (Dec 2016), £60,479
  • Ali Alazmani, Newlife Charity for Disabled Children, Bone loading as a treatment for craniosynostosis, (Dec 2016), £9,500
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Research degrees

We are interested in the brightest and the best to join our research teams. We have a number of funded PhD projects available across mechanical engineering. If you are interested in undertaking a four year integrated research degree we have places available in our Centre for Doctoral Training in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Tribology.

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Working with business

We place a strong emphasis on the transfer of knowledge to industry and technology transfer organisations.

We have an expert team within the Faculty of Engineering, which supports this range of activities including licences, spinout activities, IP filings, consultancies, conference organisation and training through short courses. For an initial discussion contact: business@engineering.leeds.ac.uk