Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Dr James Knowles MEng, PhD, FHEA

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Senior Lecturer in Dynamics


  • MEng(Hons) in Aerospace Engineering, University of Bristol, 2004-2008
  • PhD, ‘Continuation Analysis of Landing Gear Mechanisms’, University of Bristol, 2008-2012
  • Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Oxford Brookes University, 2012-2014
  • Lecturer in Dynamics and Control, Loughborough University, 2014 - 2021
  • Senior Lecturer in Dynamics, 2021 - present

Outline of main research interests

  • Applications of Numerical Continuation to investigations of engineering systems
  • Mathematical modelling and analysis of dynamical systems (engineering applications), including systems with freeplays and other nonlinearities
  • Vehicle dynamics (on the ground and in the air)

Current teaching responsibilities:

  • TA106 Aircraft Systems and Performance
  • TTA208 Manufacturing, Technology and Management
  • TTB107 Vehicle Loading and Suspension
  • TTC045 Rotorcraft Engineering
  • TTC101 Vehicle Concept Definition and Design, Vehicle Design
  • TTD109 Group Design Project
  • TTP402 Body Engineering


External Activities:

  • Reviewed papers for: IMechE Journal of Aerospace Engineering; Journal of Low Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control; Aerospace.
  • Honorary Research Associate, University of Bristol