14 Nov 2016

December Lecture

Thunderbolts and Lightning:
Are They Really Frightening?
by
Rhys Phillips, Airbus Group Innovations


Paraphrasing that famous line from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Research Engineer and science broadcaster Rhys Phillips will look at the phenomenon of lightning and aircraft lightning strike.
In a light hearted and informative talk, Rhys will explain the processes which lead to a lightning strike and the different types of lightning that can exist. He will then move on to show what happens to aircraft when they are hit by lightning and explain how we protect against damage from this.
This talk is the perfect mix of technical and fun and will interest and inspire adults and children alike, so please bring the family along!

Time and Venue                                            
6.30pm – Thursday 1st December 2016
Pugsley Lecture Theatre,
Bristol University Faculty of Engineering,
Queens Building, University Walk Bristol, BS8 1TR

Members and non-members welcome!
 For enquiries contact Anna Pugh
(01179361643 - anna.pugh@airbus.com)

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22 Oct 2016

Sitec Challenge 2016 - Winners!

The Royal Aeronautical Society Bristol Branch would like to congratulate the winners on delivering excellent presentations for the competition! The quality of the presentations meant that all 3 of our finalists ended up getting an award!

Here is Jenny Body (OBE, FRAeS, RAeS WAAC) presenting the awards to our winners!
 Laura Veldenz - National Composite Centre

 Colin Field - Rolls Royce

Arun Dawson - University of Oxford

11 Oct 2016

November Lecture

Biological fluid dynamics and control:
Birds, insects, fish and autonomous systems

Dr. Shane Windsor, Bristol University


6.30pm – Tuesday 15th November 2016 
Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Bristol University Faculty of Engineering
Queen's Building, University Walk Bristol, BS8 1TR

Members and non-members welcome!

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How can the Aerospace industry learn from nature?
- How do birds interact with wind? - How do insects stabilize their flight? - How do blind fish avoid obstacles? - What can we learn from biology to help build better unmanned air vehicles? This exciting lecture will explain how engineering approaches can be used to study biological fluid dynamics, and show how this can provide inspiration for the development of autonomous systems.