Animals have been swimming and flying for several hundred million years, and through this time have been exquisitely tuned by natural selection to optimise performance. Among them we find systems optimised for speed, efficiency, sensitivity, endurance, agility, manoeuvrability, stability and robustness; among them we should also find novel solutions to corresponding engineering problems. In addition to our basic research, we are interested in targeted technology and knowledge transfer to relevant industries, and welcome enquiries from interested parties.
Our specific areas of expertise include:
- biological sensors and actuators
- low-speed aerodynamics
- flapping flight
- passive flow control
- acoustic noise reduction
- Graham Taylor was trained as a London Technology Network Business Fellow.
- Adrian Thomas is a consultant for Airwave GMBH (an austrian paraglider manufacturer), and is aerodynamics and fluid dynamics representative on the steering committee of BIONIS (the Biomimetics Network for Industrial Sustainability).