Space and aviation

Reaching for the sky in many ways

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A model from Patrick Berrys course in aircraft engineering, division of Fluid and Mechatronic Systems. 

At LiU research is carried out into the design of aircraft, aerodynamics, automated design of micro air vehicles, materials for aircraft engines, turbulence, the accuracy of simulation models, and much more. LiU researchers have also developed software that visualises heavenly bodies from satellite data.

In July 2015 we were able to follow a voyage to Pluto in real time, using software developed at the Division for Media and Information Technology.

Within computational mathematics, LiU researchers work with new powerful models for the simulation of turbulence around airplanes, and with machine design. Research into aircraft design is part of the work in fluid and mechatronic systems (Flumes), together with the automated design of complicated structures, such as micro air vehicles. Flumes also works with an advanced aircraft engine simulator.

Researchers in artificial intelligence are working with unmanned flying vessels, drones, which can be used in avalanches and other situations in which people need help to gain an overview rapidly.

Research into sensor fusion contributes to such advances as more secure navigation systems that do not depend on the GPS system, to be used in crisis situations.

Airport logistics and safer traffic in the airspace are also important research areas at LiU, and are discussed under the Logistics heading below.

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