Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Dr James Knowles MEng, PhD, FHEA

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Senior Lecturer in Dynamics and Control


  • 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


Smith, S., Knowles, J., Mason, B. (2020) Numerical continuation applied to internal combustion engine models. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, -.

Huang, Z., Best, M., Knowles, J. (2019) An investigation of a high-speed ground manoeuvre under optimal control. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 233(12).

Yin, Y., Neild, S.A., Jiang, J.Z., Knowles, J.A.C., Nie, H. (2017) Optimization of a main landing gear locking mechanism using bifurcation analysis. Journal of Aircraft, 54(6).

Bell, C., Farnsworth, M., Knowles, J., Tiwari, A. (2017) Self-repairing design process applied to a 4-bar linkage mechanism. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 231(13).

Knowles, J.A.C. (2016) Bifurcation study of a dynamic model of a landing-gear mechanism. Journal of Aircraft, 53(5).

Knowles, J.A.C., Lowenberg, M.H., Neild, S.A., Krauskopf, B. (2014) A bifurcation study to guide the design of a landing gear with a combined uplock/downlock mechanism. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 470(2172).

Knowles, J.A.C., Krauskop, B., Lowenberg, M.H., Neild, S.A., Thota, P. (2014) Numerical continuation analysis of a dual-sidestay main landing gear mechanism. Journal of Aircraft, 51(1).

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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