Engagement with industry, and the creation of enterprise, are key elements of Stokes Laboratories’ mission. The expertise and facilities at the Laboratories are a valuable resource for industry in tackling challenges related to fluid dynamics and its applications. There are a range of mechanisms for industry to engage with us:

Collaboration: We have deep experience of industrial collaboration, with a range of Irish and international partners from sectors such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, energy, aeronautics and communications. Such collaborations typically feature medium-to-long term engagements, with exchange of staff and students between Stokes and its partners. A range of national and international schemes are available to support collaboration, such as Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Partnership Scheme, SFI’s Centres, and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.

Contract Research: Directly-funded contract research is a mechanism for industry to access the expertise and facilities at Stokes to solve specific short-to-medium term problems. We typically work on the basis of a proposal to capture the requirement, approach, outcomes and timescales. Intellectual Property (IP), if relevant, is typically licensed to the partner for their field of use, on an exclusive basis. Recent contract research projects have encompassed topics as diverse as product design and test, materials development, and modelling.

Education and Placements: Exchange of personnel is one of the most effective mechanisms of technology transfer between industry and academia. We are experienced participants in programmes such as the Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme which supports companies to sponsor post-graduate and post-doctoral researchers to work on relevant problems. Many of our research students spend multi-month periods on-site at our industrial partners. In addition, we frequently host engineers and scientists from industry to conduct research work at Stokes.

Technology Licensing: We have a strong track record in licensing technologies developed at the Stokes Laboratories to industry, with multiple licenses completed within the past five years. In most cases, the technologies have been developed through projects funded by Enterprise Ireland’s Commercialisation Fund or the SFI’s Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA). We also value the input of potential licensees and end-users in our research programmes.

Services: In addition to medium-to-longer term collaborations, we also offer a range of design, consultancy, testing and characterisation services to industry. We have expertise in a range of topics relevant to fluid dynamics and its applications, with particular strengths in the following:

  • Measurement of temperature, pressure, flow and acoustic noise
  • Thermal characterisation and measurement
  • Wind tunnel testing
  • Environmental testing and reliability analysis
  • Failure analysis and characterisation

For further information on all these mechanisms for industrial engagement, contact us.

Stokes Laboratories
Engineering Research Building
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland


Phone: +353 61 202449
Email: stokesresearch@ul.ie