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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


  • 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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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. 9 Feb 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. 13 Feb 2021, In: Applied Mathematics and Computation
  • 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
  • A Distributed Observer-Based Cyber-Attack Identification Scheme in Cooperative Networked Systems under Switching Communication Topologies, Taoufik, A., Defoort, M., Busawon, K., Dala, L., Djemai, M. 13 Nov 2020, In: Electronics
  • A Facile Surface Preservation Strategy for the Lithium Anode for High-Performance Li-O 2 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
  • A Fully Autonomous Search and Rescue System Using Quadrotor UAV, Choutri, K., Lagha, M., Dala, L. 21 Jul 2020, In: International Journal of Computing and Digital Systems
  • A New Nonlinear Control Design Strategy for Fixed Wing Aircrafts Piloting, Hamissi, A., Busawon, K., Dala, L., Bouzid, Y., Zaouche, M., Hamerlain, M. 25 Nov 2020, In: Unmanned Systems
  • Design of search and rescue system using autonomous Multi-UAVs, Choutri, K., Mohand, L., Dala, L. 11 Dec 2020, In: Intelligent Decision Technologies

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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