Department of Mechanical Engineering

Annual Review 2016

For an overview of the last year's activities, download our Annual Review [pdf].


Meet TBR's chassis manager

Oli Cartlidge joined Team Bath Racing in his first year & is now leading the manufacture of the chassis

Chris Brace discusses the future of diesel

Now that modern diesel engines have cleaned up their act, do they deserve a second chance?

Big step forward in powered ankle prostheses

Andrew Plummer talks about a new prosthetic, developed by Chas A. Blatchford & Sons in collaboration with our Mechanical Engineering researchers,which combines an electric hydraulic system with an intricate pattern of sensors that allow amputees to climb slopes effortlessly and plant one of their feet firmly on the ground without dragging it behind - a common problem for all lower-limb prosthetic wearers.

Testing the aerodynamics of drone wings

Hemant Chudasama's final-year project investigates methods to improve wing's lift characteristics

South West business leaders identify top barriers to growth

Business leaders from the South’s West foremost companies have said that investment in research and innovation, the upgrading of infrastructure and the development of skills and talent pose some of the biggest barriers in securing economic growth for the region.

Winning student video: 'What is Engineering?'

Students were tasked to create a short, educational video to inform school children of what engineering is.

Bath part of new project connecting virtual hybrid vehicle research

The University of Bath is part of a new three year project to investigate the feasibility of testing different aspects of distributed hybrid vehicle powertrains in a real-time virtual environment.

Bath students hoping to send their experiment to the moon

Three Aerospace Engineering students from the University of Bath are finalists in an international engineering competition, with the winners sending their experiment to the moon.

Tech Spark profiles our Team Bath Drones student group

A group of final-year students hope to take autonomous drones to new heights as they embark on the IMechE Unmanned Aircraft Systems competition for a second year running.

University of Bath, McLaren Automotive and BMW Group form new partnership

The University of Bath is part of a six-company partnership to design and develop technology for the next generation of cleaner, more powerful supercar powertrains.

Automotive Professors awarded Research Medal

Professors Gary Hawley and Chris Brace have received the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Medal in recognition of their world-leading automotive research.

Funeral arrangements for Frank Sanville

We regret to announce the death on 1 December of Mr Frank Edward Sanville, a former member of staff in the School of Engineering (now the Department of Mechanical Engineering).

How can society offer freedom of transport in low carbon age?

Professor Jamie Turner (Mechanical Engineering) summarises his recent inaugural lecture on the challenges of transportation in the low carbon age.

Podcast: Challenging perspectives on disability & design

Co-founder of Motivation, David Constantine MBE, delivers the 48th Annual Designability Lecture, talking about his experiences as a wheelchair user and setting up a charity to give disabled people in the developing world access to wheelchairs using local materials and staff.

Students hope experiment will go to the moon in 2017

A team of Bath students are finalists in the global Lab2Moon challenge; if they win their experiment win a place on a spaceship next year.

From lab bench to backbench: University of Bath researchers visit politicians in Westminster

Three researchers from the University of Bath will be learning how their research can inform legislation when they visit the House of Commons for a week in Westminster.

Expressions of Research exhibition - art engaging with research

Find out how artists have been working with our researchers at the Expressions of Research exhibition at 94-96 Walcot Street, Bath, 11am-6pm daily from 18-24 November.