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School of Computing Science and Engineering

Dr Phillip Atcliffe

Senior Lecturer in Aeronautical Engineering


Born 1956 in Melbourne, Australia.

Educated at Melbourne High School (5 A-level equivalents).

Tertiary Education:

BEng (Aero, Hons), Sydney University

PhD in Hypersonic Aerodynamics, College of Aeronautics, Cranfield Institute of Technology

Professional Career:

Two years at Aeronautical Research Laboratories, working on Fatigue Analysis, Helicopter Performance and Systems Modelling, and Flight Test Data Processing.

Six years at Government Aircraft Factories, working on Aeroelasticity and Structural Design.

Four years at British Aerospace, Kingston, working on Structural Design, particularly hot gas systems.

Twelve years at the University of the West of England, Bristol, as lecturer in Aeronautics and Aircraft Propulsion.

Eight years to date at Salford.



Aircraft Performance

Flight Dynamics

Aircraft Propulsion


Fluid Mechanics

Aircraft Design

Research Interests

Super- and Hypersonic Aerodynamics

Aircraft Configuration Design

Public Awareness and Engagement with STEM

Qualifications and Memberships

Member, Royal Aeronautical Society

Chartered Engineer

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

STEMNet Ambassador

Australian Private Pilot’s License


P Atcliffe and K C Watters, Calibration of Mirage Main Undercarriage to Determine Wheel Loads from Measured Strains, Structures Technical Memorandum ARL-Struc-TM-300; Aeronautical Research Laboratories, Melbourne, Australia; July 1979

P Atcliffe, K C. Phan, J L Stollery and K Takayama Blast-Wave Studies Using a Modified Gun Tunnel, College of Aeronautics Report NFP/9008; Cranfield Institute of Technology, Cranfield, U.K.; November 1990

P Atcliffe, N. Sperinck and J L Stollery Plume Effects at Hypersonic Speeds, Proc. 18th International Symposium on Shock Waves; Sendai, Japan; July 21-26, 1991

P Atcliffe, D. Kumar and J L Stollery Plume Effects on the Flow Around a Blunted Cone at Hypersonic Speeds Proc. 5th Symposium on Numerical and Physical Aspects of Aerodynamic Flow; Long Beach, USA; 13-15 January, 1992

P Atcliffe, D. Kumar and J L Stollery Control Effectiveness at Hypersonic Speeds European Mechanics Colloquium 289; Aachen, Germany; 6-8 April, 1992

P Atcliffe, D. Kumar and J.L. Stollery Control Effectiveness at Hypersonic Speeds AGARD Fluid Dynamics Panel Symposium on Theoretical and Experimental Methods in Hypersonic Flows; Torino, Italy; 4-8 May, 1992