Nature’s Aerodynamic Blueprints Inspire New Engineering Designs
06 Apr 2022



Researchers from STFC’s Scientific Computing Department (SCD) and the University of Manchester are using the surface patterns found in Nature to find ways to reduce fuel consumption and increase aerodynamic efficiency for aircraft, ships and cars.




When air passes over an aircraft wing the flow is disturbed by surface friction, separating the flow and leaving a gap above the surface, which creates a drag on the wing. 

This surface friction drag and flow separation, which are common phenomenon in air, road and water vehicles, have a large impact on fuel consumption, cruising range, endurance and aerodynamic performance.

Find out how our research explores ways to reduce the impact of this effect by clicking the image below, or contact Dr. Jian Fang​​

Contact: Fang, Jian (STFC,DL,SC)