We are an Australian leader in aerospace engineering and aviation research, with Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2018) rating RMIT at "well above world standard" for aerospace engineering. Our research has an integrated engineering approach to systems development, operations and life-cycle management across three main areas: aviation, urban transport systems, and integrated transport logistics and life-cycle management.

Our research activity encompasses four capability areas, each supporting several key technologies.

Aerospace materials and multifunctional composite structures

Through-life support of ageing airframes and life cycle cost
Integrity assessment and airworthiness
Damage tolerance, progression and failure
Structural health monitoring
Robust design and optimisation
Smart materials and structures
Unmanned aircraft systems design and field operations

Architecture and system design autonomy
Flight operations and airworthiness
New generation from bio-inspired and MAV to high-altitude long endurance UAS
UAS integration, sense and avoid
Safety and regulations
Aerodynamic loading and multidisciplinary design and optimisation

Flow-structure – fluid-structure interaction and hydrodynamics
Aeroservoelasticity and vibration suppression
Advanced solutions to enhance air-platforms performance including manoeuvrability and control effectiveness
System identification
Energy harvesting
Avionics, air traffic management and mission systems

Future ATM and avionics systems (CNS+A)
Key technology enablers and systems for a sustainable aviation
Mission systems for civil and military aviation
Human factors engineering solutions
Sensors, multi sensor systems and data fusion
Intelligent Transport Systems

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