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Research interests

I am Senior Lecturer at University of Brighton, School of Computing, Engineering, and Mathematics. I am also a member of the Advanced Engineering Centre.  My discipline filed is the Aerospace Engineering.

My research interest is applied aerodynamics, wind tunnel tests, mechanics of flight, flight dynamics, unconventional aircraft configurations, and space technology. I have experience in numerical aerodynamics calculations including using of MGAERO, PANUKL and Ansys Fluent. Calculations of aircraft dynamic stability using SDSA Package (Simulation and Dynamic Stability Analysis) and MATLAB.

I was the principle investigation of the grant New Concept of Control of Highly Maneuverable Airplane, financed by the Polish National Science Centre. The aim of this research was investigation into the tailless aircraft with a leading edge extension (LEX) that is controlled by the elevons and all moving side plates.  

I was involved in the project of the coupled aircraft system dedicated for suborbital tourist space flights. The concept of the aircraft is similar to the Ansari X-Prize winner - the Space Ship One and White Knight. The design of the coupled aircraft system also assuming the rocket plane and the mother aircraft but both are designed as tailless aircraft [1]. My role in the project involved

  • aerodynamics computations and optimization of the rocket plane's LEX [2],
  • subsonic wind tunnel tests of the rocket plane [3],
  • analysis of the concept of rocket plane’s control surfaces [4],
  • building the rocket plane scaled model and analysis results of free flight drop tests, flight dynamics calculations, and analysis of flight in stall conditions.

Examples of publications with outcomes of this project:

[1] M. Figat, C. Galiński, A. Kwiek: Modular Aeroplane System. A Concept and Initial Investigation, Proceeding of the 28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, Brisbane 2012, Paper ICAS 2012-1.3.2, ISBN: 978-0-9565333-1-9

[2] M. Figat, A. Kwiek: Aerodynamic optimisation of the rocket plane in subsonic and supersonic flight conditions, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering. Vol. 231, Issue 12, August 2017, pp. 2266-2281

[3] A. Kwiek, M. Figat: LEX and wing tip plates interaction on the Rocket Plane in tailless configuration, The Aeronautical Journal, Vol. 120, Issue 1224, February 2016, pp.255-270.

[4] A. Kwiek: Study on Control and Stability of the Rocket Plane to Space Tourism, Proceedings of the 29th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia, 7-12.09.2014, ISBN: 3-932182-80-4.

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising students in the following subject areas: aircraft aerodynamics (both numerical and experimental), flight dynamics, unconventional aircraft configurations, suborbital space vehicles, and Martian aircraft.    

Approach to teaching

My favourite approach to teaching is the blended learning. Usually I am using the Nearpod to deliver my classes. The Nearpod is a platform which help me to emended interactive activities and improve students’ experiences. My approach in teaching of the aircraft design was presented on the 13th Research and Education in Aircraft Design International Conference and publish in the conference proceedings:

A. Kwiek “Teaching aircraft design through a blended learning method in a higher education”

Education/Academic qualification




External positions

Principal investigator


  • TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
  • Tailless aircraft
  • Flight Dynamics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Wind tunnel
  • Rocket Plane
  • LEX
  • Delta wing


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