The College has extensive links with industry, including the newly established Brunel Innovation Centre (BIC) a collaboration between Brunel and TWI (the Welding Institute). This informs the relevance and direction of our research, which is organised in the following broad areas:
Applied Mechanics, which includes biomedical engineering amongst other topics in solids and fluid mechanics; Design & Manufacture, including advanced manufacturing and enterprise engineering, environmentally sensitive design, computer aided design, and human centred design; Energy & Environment, including internal combustion engines, heat transfer and thermal systems, and built environment engineering; Civil Engineering; and Electronic & Computer Engineering, with research in a diversity of areas such as power systems, sensors & instrumentation, wireless networks and communications, media communications and electronic systems.
The Department of Computer Science and Informatics research was assessed as 65% world leading or internationally excellent. In addition 90% of the area’s environmental score was judged to be internationally excellent. We were ranked in the top 30% for research power, while almost 65% of the research in the Mathematical Sciences Department has been rated 'World-Leading' or 'Internationally Excellent'.
Based on the existing capacity and capability in the College and Institutes, an ambitious and achievable vision is to further enhance the College’s recognized reputation as a national leader for excellence and innovation in engineering, design and physical sciences and expand centres of excellence with internationally leading reputations.
The new college research structure, established in 2015, compliments the research themes in:
Institute of Energy Future,
Institute of Material and Manufacturing and
Institute of Environment, Heath and Societies.
In addition to engineering, significant research works are being carried out in the area of digital technology and design by staff in the departments of ECE, Computing, Math and Design. Newly established college research clusters provide the inter-disciplinary collaborative research infrastructure to support researchers at all stages of their career as well as enhancing the overall quality of work and the potential for gaining research grants through working in groups or research teams of different skills. The research clusters also underpin UG and PG education in design and digital technologies through research informed teaching.
College research clusters:
Plastic from plants makes greener food packaging
While switching from oil-based plastic food packaging to biodegradable plant-based alternatives is eco-friendly there are a number of practical problems in going green. A cross disciplinary team of scientists from Brunel used complex computer-based modelling tools to address how green plastics would perform compared to traditional plastics when they are being turned into food containers for the supermarket shelf. Materials engineer Professor Jim Song found that in the factory, eco-friendly... read more