29 Nov 2018

RAeS Bristol Branch presents….
A Christmas Lecture
Engineering Magic
Professor Jon Holt, Scarecrow Consulting

Join engineer and award winning author Professor Jon Holt, AKA the ‘Engineer in the Hat,’ for a magical evening of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
In this family lecture, he will explore the power of numbers; the impact that they have on our everyday lives; and why they are so important for STEM. Learn how we can use numbers to predict the future, read minds and influence our lives. Explore how we can also use numbers for the greater good and the not-so-greater good!
Expect an evening of wonder with plenty of audience participation, terrible jokes, a bed-time story and some mind-blowing magic.
This exciting and interactive lecture is the perfect mix of educational and fun and will interest and inspire adults and children alike, so please bring the family along!

6.30pm – Thursday 13th December 2018
Bristol Business School, X-Block, University of the West of England
  Members and non-members welcome!
 Please register atwww.raesbristol.org.uk

8 Nov 2018

En-route to the all-electric aircraft 
Design of a hybrid powertrain for an electric helicopter tail rotor

by Dr Jason Yon and Prof. Phil Mellor
University of Bristol
Collar RAeS Named Lecture
Over the past decade, continued advances in electric machines, energy storage and power converter technologies have made electric propulsion for aerospace a realistic proposition, with several research projects and demonstrators currently under development.

In collaboration with industrial partners, the University of Bristol has developed a novel hybrid aerospace powertrain for an electric helicopter tail rotor. The system uses a high-performance fault-tolerant machine to drive the tail rotor and a set of four high-speed generators to source the electrical power. This architecture allowed a high efficiency and low weight solution to be achieved while meeting the crucial application integrity requirements.

The presentation will offer an overview of the electromechanical design of this system and its key performance attributes. As a case study, this project provides a valuable platform to explore several challenges facing the industry as it moves towards all-electric propulsion.

6.30pm – Thursday 29th November 2018 (refreshments from 6pm)
Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens Building, 
University Walk, Bristol BS8, 1YR
Members and non-members welcome!
  For enquiries contact Anna Pugh

8 Oct 2018

The Future of Aerospace Manufacturing
A look inside the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
by Philip Spiers, FRAes – Head of Structural Integrity, AMRC

The AMRC was established in 2001 as a £15 million collaboration between the University of Sheffield and aerospace giant Boeing. The centre grew rapidly and opened the AMRC Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future in 2008.
The AMRC operates on a collaborative research model to meet the higher Technology readiness level needs of industry bridging the gap between scientific researchand production. The future possibilities raised by the AMRC are endless and diverse – the centre is also working with the medical industry and McLaren supercars!

The lecture will look at the history of, and the research that is conducted at, the AMRC - ranging from machine dynamics, composite production, product design and validation showing the impact this has had on the manufacturing industry in the UK.

6.30pm – Monday 29th October 2018 (refreshments from 6pm)
Concorde Room, BAWA Conference Centre
589 Southmead Rd, Bristol BS34 7RG
Members and non-members welcome!
  For enquiries contact Anna Pugh
(01179361643  Anna.pugh@airbus.com