Research

The School 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.

School Research: Groups, Facilities and Activities Overview

To find out more about the research groups, facilities and activities within the school view the presentation here.

School Research: Groups, Facilities and Activities

Academic areas covered by School of Engineering & Design

AMEE

Research group

AMEE research group a leading, world class research group in advanced manufacturing technology, enterprise engineering and engineering management, this is truly a place where cutting edge research brings the frontiers of science and technology to postgraduate and undergraduate students. Our members ensure that we can provide an excellent experience in a friendly and supportive environment

Laboratory

The department is equiped with cutting edge laboratories in their research. These include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) Laboratory
  • Enterprise Engineering & Systems Laboratory
  • CAD/CAM Laboratory

PhD student Jurriath (Angela) Azmathi Mumith

"So being a PhD student and being a part of the school of engineering and design gives you a lot of opportunities. One example is that we are bombarded with the amount of courses and training that we’re exposed to and this is to help us to carry out our PhD and to complete our PhD. It can vary from general transferable skills to training in specific software. Another thing I really love about being a PhD student and what I think is one of the greatest aspects of it is that we get the opportunity to present our research at international forums and conferences and this gives us an opportunity to mingle with the experts in our field and be a part of the international academic community. The school of engineering and design provides us and gives us every opportunity with financial assistance to enable us to go to these amazing events, though I have to admit this is something that I am really looking forward to doing, going to my first international conference".

Brunel Design

Research in Design is coordinated under the Brunel Design Research Centre to which all Design staff belong, and which is organised according to following thematic priorities:

Design and Human Wellbeing

Inclusive Design – Hua Dong, Farnaz Nickpour, Graeme Evans

Perception Enhancement – Joseph Giacomin, Marco Ajovalasit

Design and Urban & Environmental Sustainability

Spatial Design – Graeme Evans, Busayawan Lam, Olinkha Gustafson-Pearce

Sustainable Design – Fabrizio Ceschin, David Harrison, Graeme Evans, Ian de Vere, Richard Bonser

Cleaner Electronics – David Harrison, Yanmeng Xu, Peter Evans

Design for the Creative Industries

Design Policy and Management – Busayawan Lam, Youngok Choi, Stephen Green, Graeme Evans

Open Design and Digital Economy – Sharon Baurley, Sarah Silve, Stephen Green, Shengfeng Qin, Graeme Evans

Digital Design - Shengfeng Qin, Jinsheng Kang, Sarah Silve

Advanced Materials and Manufacture – Richard Bonser, David Rees, Sarah Silve, Richard Rakowski, Yanmeng Xu

Research-led Knowledge Transfer/Knowledge Exchange and Industry Funded Research

Designplus leads much of our KT/KE activity, which has been significantly enhanced through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded ‘Co-Innovate’ initiative.

Civil Eng.

Information on our research can be found in our Research Brochure. Our Current Research Students are listed here. We are currently looking to recruit highly motivated students to undertake postgraduate research in the following areas:

Research Institute for Sustainability in Engineering (RISE)

The vision of the Research Institute for Sustainability in Engineering (RISE) is to convey the concepts of sustainability within the study and practice of civil engineering.

Innovative materialsand sustainable construction (contact: Dr Mizi Fan)

Timber and reengineered timber products; Natural fibre composites; Wood cement composites; Materials from recyclates; Advanced composites; Lightweight construction; Innovative construction design.

Geo-engineering and the environment (contact: Dr Philip Collins)

Site investigation; characteristics and stability of engineering soils and sediments; coastal and floodplain environmental change; earthquake impacts; cold environment soil and hydraulic processes; environmental engineering.

Advanced structures (contact: Dr Giulio Alfano)

Analysis of RC beams retrofitted with FRP; cohesive-zone models for the analysis of delamination in composites and crack growth; Non linear analysis of reinforced-concrete structures; silo structures; monitoring bridges.

Fibre-reinforced concrete materials and structures, structural testing and modelling, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering (Contact: Dr Xiangming Zhou)

  • Testing and modeling of shrinkage and fracture of concrete and other cement-based materials at early ages
  • Advanced concrete technology, such as development of cement-based building products using extrusion technology; modeling of extrusion process of cement-based materials
  • Rheology testing and modeling of highly concentrated cement-based materials suitable for extrusion
  • Low carbon and low energy construction materials such as geopolymer, magnesium cement-based materials etc.
  • Utilization of industrial waste such as GGBS, PFA etc. in construction materials
  • Earthquake engineering and performance-based multi-hazards mitigation of high-rise building structures
  • Testing and modeling of steel-concrete composite structures
  • Testing and modeling of concrete segmental girder bridges
  • Testing and modeling of fiber-reinforced concrete structures such as fiber-reinforced concrete ground slabs

Construction management principles and applications (Contact: Dr Nuhu Braimah)

Delay and disruption analysis in construction contracts, planning and programming, project change and claims management.

In addition, through our interdisciplinary links within the School of Engineering & Design, the University and beyond, and particularly the Energy & Environmental Sustainability and Complexity Collaborative Research Networks, we welcome enquiries from students interested in the following areas:

  • Sustainability
  • Energy systems
  • Building services (e.g. climate control, refrigeration control)
  • Waste assessment and treatment (water and solids), filtration and recycling
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Geophysics
  • Environmental Change
  • Geology and geomorphology (particularly carbonates, intertidal sediments, lakes, hazards)
  • Urban Green Space
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Radiometric dating
  • Gender & Engineering

ECE

Research activities in ECE cover a wide range of areas which have direct compliance with the industry vision and requirements, and are carried out in five research centres formed around two broad thematic areas namely, telecommunications, sustainable energy and systems. The Department has an extensive research portfolio totalling £7.5M worth of ongoing research grants and contracts and is a major part of a General Engineering submission that was ranked 5th in UK in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008). This is in addition to a large set of comprehensive high-quality teaching and learning resources coupled with strong research links with industry and an excellent record of employment amongst our graduates. Electronic and Computer Engineering at Brunel also benefits from geographical proximity to most of the country’s information engineering and telecommunications industry.

Research in ECE is undertaken in 5 well established research centres;

PhD student Basel Abu Jamous

“When I was offered to do this funded PhD degree at the School of Engineering and Design here at Brunel University I had a quick look at the profile of the School online and asked some people who know the school and know what the school was doing. It was clear from what I saw in that profile that there is a lot of enthusiasm, motivation and vision in the School. They are trying to see where the school is going to in the future. They are trying to take the school to being one of the highest and best schools in the UK. It is now one of the best schools in the Uk but they are always aiming high. One of the things is there is a wide range of projects that are dealing with a lot of different sub areas within engineering and design. They are open minded to collaboration with other universities and institutes in the UK and outside of the UK under the supervision of many highly experience professors and researchers. One example of those collaborations is the project that I am working on which is a collaborative project between the universities of Oxford, Bristol and Brunel. So this has been a very excellent atmosphere to do research in".

Mechanical Eng.

Energy & the Environment






PhD student Ben Moxey

"There is great staff and great knowledge, something you don’t realise as an undergraduate is how much knowledge the lecturers actually have. You just think they’re a teacher but what they actually are is world renowned lecturers and researchers in their field. Great technician support as well, there are very old buildings at Brunel but the technicians do a great job of packing the research facilities that we need around the old buildings.  You also get great support from all the other staff as well. I am lucky enough to be sponsored by the Thomas Gerald Gray Trust and they help give you not only financial support but I also get communication with my trustees as well, and a presentation once a year which just adds to the experience and the benefit as well".

Page last updated: Thursday 13 February 2014