The increasing demand in air transportation has called for more efficient aircraft and the aviation system in general. Due to the complex and multidisciplinary nature of aircraft, subjects such as aircraft design, aerodynamics, propulsion and structure are important aspects of the performance of aircraft and modern flying vehicle, such as quadrotors, UAVs, etc. This rapid growth, however, comes with the undesirable environmental impacts of aviation, such as noise pollution, CO2 emissions, and NOx emissions. Research includes the studies of the performance of aircraft, aircraft engines, propeller- and rotor-powered flying vehicles, bio-inspired flights, etc. They deal with unsteady aerodynamics, noise, structural mechanics, and dynamic phenomena of aircraft, rotor blades, flapping wings, aero-thermal efficiency, fuel consumption, emission, and design. Aeronautical engineering is therefore a highly multifaceted topic encompassing analytical, computational, and experimental problems. Our current efforts are focused on developing the understanding and tools to analyze aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, combustion, emission, design, multifunctional materials and structures associated with the next-generation aircraft, aircraft engine and other flight vehicles. Moreover, we also strive for a greener and more efficient air space around the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), which is one of the busiest airports in Asia.
The Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project is crucial with its research efforts for a “greener” sky. ERA is developing novel aircraft concepts and technologies, such as changes in engine design or use of alternative fuels to help reduce the environmental impacts of aviation.
The faculty members in the area of Aerodynamics and Propulsion focus their research on developing and understanding cutting-edge aerospace technologies. The outcomes of these research projects will help Hong Kong and China with the capability of producing a next-generation green airplane and developing new high-value-added products.