All Research Themes

All Research Themes at the School of Engineering.
  • Environmental engineering is focused on developing sustainable processes to improve the natural and built environment for all living beings.

    Environmental Engineering Laboratories at the School of Engineering
  • The University of Edinburgh established research in the field of Fire Safety Engineering in the early 1970s and today has the largest group of postgraduate researchers and academics specialising on fire science and fire safety engineering research in Europe.

    The BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering was formed a decade ago and has forged strong links with a number of industrial partners in the UK, Europe and further afield.

    Teaching and research in fire safety at Edinburgh
  • The Granular Mechanics and Industrial Infrastructure Group conducts fundamental research on the mechanics of granular materials and their interaction with industrial infrastructure, with broad applications in silo design, bulk solids handling, paste rheology, fluidisation and natural hazard mitigation.

    Pilot Silo Facility
  • Research within this theme focuses on developing non-destructive testing, infrastructure sensing and monitoring methodologies and on evaluating and adapting promising new sensor technologies for tomorrow's smart infrastructure designs.

    Modal analysis based on vibration measurement.
  • The multi-award winning Edinburgh Railway Group is focused on undertaking world leading research and delivering solutions to the international railway industry.

    Ground borne vibrations modelling
  • Structural Engineering is about employing scientific principles and methodologies tempered by engineering pragmatism and judgement to conceive, analyse, design, construct, maintain, rehabilitate and decommission civil infrastructure components and systems, ensuring the safety of users and occupants over their design life, especially during times of extreme demand (fire, blast, earthquake, impact, storms, etc.).

    Composite image
  • Communications systems are fundamental to our lives and underpin the internet which is becoming increasingly ubiquitous.

  • Signal processing can be found in almost all modern technology. The algorithms underpinning mobile communications, medical imaging, image rendering for games and many other technologies were all developed within the global signal and image processing research community

    Syntheitc Aperture Radar (SAR) image using fast back projection
  • Tomography is the method that underlies medical scanners, which are mostly large, fixed installations, e.g. for X-ray CT scanning and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Fundamentally, the portability and adaptability of any tomography system depends on the nature of the measurement process that it exploits, and it turns out that many tomography systems are "agile" in these respects

  • The technologies comprising the full Carbon Capture and Storage chain have the potential to significantly reduce global emissions of carbon dioxide and help tackle climate change as Europe and the rest of the world moves towards a low-carbon future

  • Our research combines fundamental physical understanding with advanced numerical methods to design better products and processes. Key to this research are techniques for modelling at each appropriate scale, and for scale-bridging so that the properties of systems at different scales can be linked, optimised and controlled.

  • Superconductivity is broadly recognised for its contribution to solving key research and societal challenges in Energy and Healthcare sectors. This theme includes research into the synthesis, characterisation and understanding of superconducting materials, as well as the design, modelling and testing of superconducting devices.

    Magnetic levitation of superconductor
  • This research theme focuses on improvement of internal combustion (IC) engine efficiency and minimization of emissions via basic research on the fundamentals that control combustion in engine cylinders.

  • The Energy Policy, Economics and Innovation theme addresses the economic and policy aspects of energy systems, combining together expertise on applied economics, innovation theory, energy system organisations and institutions, and the wider policy and regulatory context of energy.

    The energy trilemma
  • The aim of the group is to develop cost-competitive technologies for electricity and thermal energy storage. The work ranges from the development of the storage technologies to their integration into the wider energy system.

    Adiabatic Compressed Air Energy Storage (ACAES)
  • Understanding the interactions between energy generation and climate is crucial to providing a resilient and secure energy supply in the future.

    The role of power generation in driving climate change is well accepted and a significant amount of the work in this research theme aims to develop not only low carbon energy sources like marine, wind and hydropower but also enhance their contribution by managing variability through network-friendly machines and energy storage.

    Scotland's Wave Resource (Scottish Executive Matching Study, 2006)
  • Research in Naval Architecture focuses on the mitigation of the carbon footprint of marine transport and on the performance improvement of racing yachts.

    Unmanned multihull with Flettner rotors for the mitigation of global warming
  • This research theme focusses on offshore renewable energy research and development ranging from resource assessment and prediction, to converter design, optimisation and control.

    Salter Duck wave energy converter test rig
  • Privatisation and deregulation of the electricity industry together with increasing penetrations of renewable and gas-fired generation have created a variety of technical and economic issues that must be addressed. These issues are separated into 5 research areas.

    Transmission Tower
  • The materials and structures research theme encompasses the development of novel materials and their integration with electronics to make smart sensors and systems.

    Figure 1 Graphene resonators released by XeF2 etch and integrated with contact electrodes
  • Photonic materials, displays, light sources, and other systems and devices, engineered to provide the manipulation of light from micro- and nano-structured materials.

    Liquid Crystal Laser
  • The integration of novel materials and devices with electronics to sense a range of physical properties such as heat, light, sound, radiation or chemical signatures such as pathogens or gases.  This also includes integrating sensors with CMOS to increase their functionality (More than Moore) which involves both design and technology development.

    450 micron focal plane unit fro SCUBA-2 micromachined at the SMC
  • Bioengineering is a highly interdisciplinary research area that forges connections between Engineering, Physical Sciences, Biology and Medicine

  • This research theme focuses on improvement of internal combustion (IC) engine efficiency and minimization of emissions via basic research on the fundamentals that control combustion in engine cylinders.

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