University of Nottingham > Engineering > PhD research > Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering


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Our research focuses on engineering applications across mechanics, materials and manufacturing such as structural and fluid dynamics, mechanical design, manufacturing tools and processes, nanomaterial engineering, laser processing and composite materials.

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Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs)

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CIMComp (Composites Manufacturing)

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Research groups

Reserch groups related to mechanical, materials and manufacturing engineering. 

Advanced Manufacturing Technology


The Advanced Manufacturing Technology group conducts research at the forefront of manufacturing science and technology, working in close co-operation with a number of strategic industrial partners and research centres worldwide.

Advanced Manufacturing Technology



Advanced Materials

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The Advanced Materials group is building a dynamic, interactive community in materials research to advance technical excellence through collaborative, innovative research in science and engineering.

Advanced Materials



Centre for Additive Manufacturing


The Centre for Additive Manufacturing focuses on next generation multifunctional Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology.

Centre for Additive Manufacturing





The composites group focuses on the processing and performance of advanced fibre composites. Research is applied within a number of sectors including automotive, aerospace, wind energy, power generation and medicine.



Fluids and Thermal Engineering

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The Fluids and Thermal Engineering group have expertise in experimental fluid mechanics, computational fluids dynamics (CFD), two-phase flow and heat transfer enhancement, as well as thermodynamics and systems including internal combustion engines, HVAC and refrigeration, gas and oil process, thermal management and heat exchangers.

Fluids and Thermal Engineering



Mechanical and Aerospace Systems 

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The Mechanical and Aerospace Systems group develops new technologies, analysis and experimental methods to provide the engineering science validation and verification to enable future sustainable energy and transport systems.

Mechanical and Aerospace Systems 



Research groups, centres and institutes

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More engineering PhD research themes

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Architecture, People and Design

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Building and Sustainable Energy Technology

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Chemical, Environmental and Biotechnology

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Civil and Surveying Engineering

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Electrical and Electronic Engineering