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School of Computing Science and Engineering

Dr Thurai Rahulan

Senior Lecturer


I obtained my first degree in Mechanical Engineering Science in 1979 and my PhD in 1984 from the University of Salford. I commenced full time employment in March 1983 designing aircraft control systems funded by the Ministry of Defence followed by a few years developing advanced suspension systems at Jaguar Cars Limited in Coventry. I started as a Lecturer in Aeronautics in 1990 at the University of Salford.


Aircraft design, aeroelasticity, flight mechanics, aircraft systems

Research Interests

Air accident investigation, uninhabited air vehicles, flight safety

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc (Hons)   PhD   AMIMechE

Council Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society

Chairman of the Association of Aerospace Universities

Secretary of the International Society of Multiphysics


Chadwick E and Rahulan T, “A theoretical model evaluating leading order vortex decay behind an aircraft”, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G, Journal of Aerospace Engineering, vol 225, issue 6, ISSN 0954-4100, pp 657 – 663, June 2011.

Chadwick E, Rahulan T and Wang Y, “Reverse swerve – a new phenomenon in football”, Mathematics Today, vol 48, no 3, ISSN Number 1361 – 2042, pp 131 – 134, Institute of mathematics & its applications, June 2012.