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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 facile surface preservation strategy on the lithium anode for high performance Li-O2 batteries, Luo, Z., Zhu, G., Yin, L., Li, F., Xu, B., Dala, L., Liu, X., Luo, K. 17 Jun 2020, In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
  • Electro- and photon-induced cooling in BNT-BT-SBET relaxors with in situ optical temperature sensing, Wang, L., Zhang, J., Wang, J., Yao, Y., Ren, L., Chen, X., Birkett, M., Dala, L., Xu, B. 23 Mar 2020, In: Optics Letters
  • A Review of the Analytical Methods used for Seaplanes Performance Prediction, Masri, J., Dala, L., Huard, B. 10 Jun 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
  • Multi-Layered Optimal Navigation System For Quadrotors UAV, Choutri, K., Lagha, M., Dala, L. 21 Oct 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
  • 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
  • A Review of the Analytical Methods used for Seaplanes Performance Prediction, Masri, J., Dala, L., Huard, B. Oct 2018
  • Local Piston Theory as an Alternative to Mesh Deformation: Slender Wing/Body Configurations, Meijer, M., Dala, L. 1 Jul 2018, In: Journal of Aircraft
  • Practical Implementation of a Trajectory Planning Algorithm for an Autonomous UAV, Theron, J., Dala, L., Wilke, D., Barrier, P. 9 Sep 2018

PGR Supervision

  • Faheem Malik Start: 24/04/2019
  • Sayed Ebrahim The aerodynamic characteristics of passenger vehicles operating in a platoon Start: 09/05/2019
  • Mutumwa Muwina Start: 01/06/2019
  • Ravindu Ranaweera Start: 24/04/2019
  • Jafar Masri An Investigation into Dynamic Stability of Waterborne Aircraft on Take-off and Landing Start: 01/10/2017


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