Engineering research at Bristol is organised into a number of faculty-level research groups. The majority of staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are members of one of the following research groups: Dynamics and Control Solid Mechanics Engineering Systems and Design Ultrasonics and Non-destructive Testing Robotics Fluid and Aerodynamics. Applicants are advised to contact a potential academic adviser to discuss available projects before submitting an application. Solid mechanics is about understanding the way engineering materials respond to loading to improve the efficiency and safety of structures. The Solid Mechanics group at Bristol has a long tradition of undertaking industrially-motivated research, studying how materials behave when they are subjected to thermal and mechanical loads. The main interests of the group are residual stresses, fracture, fatigue and the behaviour of materials at high temperatures.