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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

Key Publications

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  • A Fully Autonomous Search and Rescue System Using Quadrotor UAV, Choutri, K., Lagha, M., Dala, L. 1 Apr 2021, In: International Journal of Computing and Digital Systems
  • An exergoeconomic and normalized sensitivity based comprehensive investigation of a hybrid power-and-water desalination system, Ahmad Jamil, M., Yaqoob, H., Abid, A., Farooq, M., Sabah, N., Xu, B., Dala, L., Kim Choon, N., Shahzad, M. 20 Jul 2021, In: Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments
  • A Spatiotemporal Indirect Evaporative Cooler Enabled by Transiently Interceding Water Mist, Shahzad, M., Lin, J., Xu, B., Dala, L., Qian, C., Burhan, M., Sultan, M., Worek, W., Ng, K. 15 Feb 2021, In: Energy
  • Cobalt Nickel Boride Nanocomposite as High-Performance Anode Catalyst for Direct Borohydride Fuel Cell, Duan, Y., Li, S., Tan, Q., Chen, Y., Zou, K., Dai, X., Bayati, M., Xu, B., Dala, L., Liu, T. 26 Apr 2021, In: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
  • Eulerian Derivation of the Conservation Equation for Energy in a Non-Inertial Frame of Reference in Arbitrary Motion, Musehane, N., Combrinck, M., Dala, L. 15 Jun 2021, In: Applied Mathematics and Computation
  • Experimental and normalized sensitivity based numerical analyses of a novel humidifier-assisted highly efficient indirect evaporative cooler, Ahmad, M., Xu, B., Dala, L., Sultan, M., Lin, J., Shahzad, M. 1 Jun 2021, In: International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Modeling and Analysis of Shock Reduction through Counterflow Plasma Jets, Rashid, S., Nawaz, F., Maqsood, A., Salamat, S., Riaz, R., Dala, L., Ahmad, R., Han, X. 15 Jun 2021, In: Mathematical Problems in Engineering
  • Modelling transport emission of an out of town centre to achieve emission reduction targets, Malik, F., Bell, M., Dala, L., Busawon, K. 24 Mar 2021, Proceedings of the 2021 6th International Symposium on Environment Friendly Energies and Applications (EFEA, Piscataway, IEEE
  • Monte Carlo Simulation of Supply and Demand for Payload Limited Routes, Poprawa, S., Dala, L. 24 Feb 2021, In: R&D Journal of the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering
  • The effect of the cone rotation in the supersonic gas flow on the velocity propagation of perturbations in the boundary layer, Dala, L., Combrink, M., Lipatov, I., Ustinov, I. 1 Feb 2021, In: Acta Astronautica

PGR Supervision

  • Faheem Malik Modelling Cycling Infrastructure with Road Safety as Variable Start Date: 24/04/2019
  • Sayed Ebrahim The aerodynamic characteristics of passenger vehicles operating in a platoon Start Date: 09/05/2019 End Date: 15/07/2020
  • Ravindu Ranaweera Measuring the Aerodynamic Performance of Vehicles Travelling in Platoons Start Date: 24/04/2019
  • Jafar Masri An Investigation into Dynamic Stability of Waterborne Aircraft on Take-off and Landing Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 21/09/2020


  • Mechanical Engineering PhD June 01 1997
  • Mechanical Engineering External Verified Award September 01 1989
  • Mechanical Engineering External Verified Award September 01 1988
  • Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society FRAeS
  • European Chartered Engineer Eur-Ing
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng) Engineering Council UK (ECUK) 2016

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