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Prof Laurent Dala

Head of Department

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Laurent DalaLaurent received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Manchester. He also graduated from the French Grandes Ecoles in Aerospace Engineering (Ecole Superieure des Techniques Aerospatiales-ESTA) and in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (Ecole Speciale des Travaux Publics, du Batiment et de l’Industrie-ESTP).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Chartered Engineer (CEng and Eur-Ing)  and the Past President of the Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA).

Laurent was titular of the Chair in Aerospace Engineering and Head of the Aerospace Research Group at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) till October 2016. He has a very long and successful experience in applied and fundamental research in international aerospace projects, such as in the FP6 European project NACRE (New Aircraft Concepts Research), where he was the Chairman of the Advisory Group. His research is based on a multi- and cross- discipline approach, combining analytical/engineering (using Asymptotic Theory for instance), experimental and computational methods.

His fields of expertise are Aerodynamics, Aeroelasticity, Aeroacoustics, Flight Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Optimisation Methods.

Campus Address

Ellison Building B107J

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST


  • Engineering PhD June 01 1997
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng) Engineering Council UK (ECUK) 2016

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A Review of the Analytical Methods used for Seaplanes Performance Prediction, Masri, J., Dala, L., Huard, B. 27 Mar 2019, In: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology
  • Distributed Obstacles Avoidance For UAVs Formation Using Consensus-based Switching Topology, Choutri, K., Lagha, M., Dala, L. 1 Mar 2019, In: International Journal of Computing and Digital Systems
  • Passive control of cavity acoustics via the use of surface waviness at subsonic flow, Abderrahmane, B., Rezoug, T., Dala, L. 4 Feb 2019, In: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology
  • On The Role of Higher-Order Terms in Local Piston Theory, Meijer, M., Dala, L. 1 Jan 2019, In: Journal of Aircraft
  • A Review of the Analytical Methods used for Seaplanes Performance Prediction, Masri, J., Dala, L., Huard, B. Oct 2018, 6th Aircraft Structural Design Conference
  • Practical Implementation of a Trajectory Planning Algorithm for an Autonomous UAV, Theron, J., Dala, L., Wilke, D., Barrier, P. 9 Sep 2018, 31st Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences
  • Local Piston Theory as an Alternative to Mesh Deformation: Slender Wing/Body Configurations, Meijer, M., Dala, L. 2018, In: Journal of Aircraft
  • Drag reduction of supersonic blunt bodies using opposing jet and nozzle geometric variations, Bibi, A., Maqsood, A., Sherbaz, S., Dala, L. Oct 2017, In: Aerospace Science and Technology
  • Experimental and computational analysis of a tangent ogive slender body at incompressible speeds, Schoombie, J., Tuling, S., Dala, L. Oct 2017, In: Aerospace Science and Technology
  • Eulerian derivation of non-inertial Navier–Stokes and boundary layer equations for incompressible flow in constant pure rotation, Combrinck, M., Dala, L., Lipatov, I. Sep 2017, In: European Journal of Mechanics - B/Fluids

PGR Supervision

Jafar Masri Start: 01/10/2017


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