21 Dec 2013

January Lecture

 Aircraft Fire and Evacuation Simulation

Prof. Ed Galea, Director, Fire Safety Engineering Group, University of Greenwich

 

16th January 2014
Doors open at 18:00 with refreshments available; the lecture starts at 18:30
Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre
589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG
Attendance is free and open to members and non-members. If you are planning to attend the lecture, you are kindly requested to register your attendance here:

The evacuation certification trial is an aviation benchmark, requiring that all the passengers must safely evacuate from an aircraft within 90 seconds, through 50% of the available exits. Prof. Ed Galea will present his research into aircraft fire safety, considering factors such as human behaviour, fuel flashover data and available exits, and ask whether the certification testing is really good enough?

29 Nov 2013

December Lecture


C Class catamarans – a life at the interface of Aero and Hydrodynamics

 

Norman Wijker – Team Invictus Joint Team Leader


12th December 2013
Doors open at 18:00 with refreshments available; the lecture starts at 18:30
Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre
589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG
 
Attendance at the lecture is free. If you are planning to attend the lecture, you are kindly requested to register your attendance here:

 
 
Team Invictus is a Bristol-based team comprising a number of aerospace engineers and professional sailors who share a common vision to produce a highly efficient, exceptional and original craft to compete in the next International C-Class Catamaran Challenge. The lecture will cover the event, how it started and how it has evolved and innovated over the years, covering the various design approaches in terms of aerodynamic, hydrodynamic and structure design.

 

30 Oct 2013

November Lecture

an RAeS Bristol & RGS-IBG joint event

Flying for Freedom and the British Microlight Antarctic Expedition

John Laity, Engineer and Pilot


21st November 2013
Doors open at 18:00 with refreshments available; the lecture starts at 18:30

Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre
589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG


Attendance at the lecture is free. If you are planning to attend the lecture, you are kindly requested to register your attendance here:



Flying for Freedom is a non-profit organisation providing microlight flying training and recovery services. Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) servicemen and women are taught to fly and instruct in flex-wing microlights. Those who qualify can then take an active role in supporting recovery activities and/or progress onto careers in the Aviation sector.

The lecture will discuss the first bi-annual flying project by Flying for Freedom - a fully integrated expedition to Antarctica. The expedition will make Antarctic Aviation History; the team will be attempting a series of world firsts, never tried before even by the able-bodied. It is a huge technical and logistical challenge, flying open cockpit aircraft in the world’s most extreme environment.



   

2 Oct 2013

October Lecture


Complex Weapons for a Changing World 

Mark Slater – Future Systems Director, MBDA


6.30pm – 22nd October 2013

Room 4, BAWA Leisure Centre
589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG


Attendance at the lecture is free. If you are planning to attend the lecture, you are kindly requested to register your attendance here:

Does history really shape the warfighter’s weapons of the future? With the nature of conflict constantly changing, how do you develop the right weapons to equip our armed forces? Mark Slater, Future Systems Director for MBDA describes the challenges and the techniques to develop the future Complex Weapon Systems for our armed forces.


2 Sep 2013

September Lecture

Undercarriages – A Bit of a Drag! 

Bob Thompson – Landing Gear Architect, Airbus



12th September 2013
Doors open at 18:00 with refreshments available; the lecture starts at 18:30.


Attendance at the lecture is free. If you are planning to attend the lecture, you are kindly requested to register your attendance here:

The Landing Gear System is one of the most important systems on any aeroplane. With the consequences of failure being, at the least, very expensive, a landing gear system must be extremely reliable and safe, but also incur minimum cost to the operator, which demands light weight and minimal maintenance. Landing Gears operate in a very harsh environment, with temperatures ranging from several hundred degrees at the brakes, to extremely cold ground soak conditions. They must also cope with debris and high G forces. This lecture will cover design processes involved in defining new Landing Gear, with the A380 development as an example.


29 Apr 2013

Barnwell Lecture

Registration Update - 18th May 
The lecture registration has been temporarily closed due to high demand. We are in the process of confirming seat availability and will re-open registration as soon as possible. Please visit again in a few days. (If you have already registered for the lecture you will shortly receive an email asking you to confirm attendance.)

The Airbus A380 
The First Five Years in Service 


Presented by 
John Roberts 
Chief Engineer A380 – Airbus Operations Ltd.

Time:
6.00pm - Thursday 6 June 2013 
(Refreshments at 5.30pm) 

Venue:
Room 2D67, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY


Note: Attendance registration for the lecture is required and seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis - please use the Lecture Attendance Form (link below) to register. Attendance is free for RAeS members and non-members.




The A380 has been in passenger service for over five years with over 100 aircraft in daily operation around the world. This talk describes the journey so far in getting the world’s largest civil passenger aircraft into service and some of the issues that have been faced along the way. Our speaker is John Roberts, who is the Chief Engineer A380 for Airbus in the UK and a member of the UKTI Advanced Engineering Strategy Board. In this role he is responsible for the technical activity carried out on the wing, landing gear and fuel management system. 

Lecture Venue Information

  • Refreshments will be available at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start 
  • Parking will be available onsite 
  • Please make your way to D Block, Room 2D67, Glendinning Lecture Theatre

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3 Apr 2013

Registration for April lecture now open – Register fast!


Thursday 11th April 2013 - 6.30pm, The Concorde Room, BAWA

Growth of the Rotorcraft Market. Past, Present and Future.  

Jim Gilhooly, Head of Market Research, AgustaWestland



The RAeS Bristol lectures welcome all interested members and non-members for this event. Reservations are not required (except for the Barnwell Lecture & Dinner) but attendance indication is encouraged using the Lecture Attendance Form below


The helicopter has been described as a machine hell-bent on shaking itself to pieces. This challenge has been firmly grasped by successive generations of aerospace professionals to the point where the helicopter is now an essential, if not indispensible, asset in key global markets, be it in the civil or defence sectors. The purpose of this lecture is to describe the growth of the rotorcraft market, comparing it to the fixed wing sector, looking at what drives it now and what will drive it in the future and how AgustaWestland hopes to play a central role in this success. The RAeS Bristol Branch looks forward to welcoming you to our April lecture.

4 Mar 2013

March Lecture - Register to get your place now!

The Clean Sky JTI: Preparing for the Next Generation of Civil Aircraft

Dr Gareth Williams, VP Research & Technology Programme,
Business Development & Partnerships, Airbus


Time and Venue:
6.30pm – Thursday 14th March 2013
Concorde Room , BAWA Leisure Centre, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG

The RAeS Bristol lectures welcome all interested members and non-members for this event. Reservations are not required (except for the Barnwell Lecture & Dinner) but attendance indication is encouraged using the Lecture Attendance Form below.





In 2007 the European Commission launched the Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative, a 1.6B€ Public Private Partnership engaging first the 16 leading aerospace companies in Europe, and subsequently hundreds of associate and subcontract companies within the supply chain. 

The aim of the programme is to develop and demonstrate technologies which give improved environmental performance to future aerospace products, driven particularly by the ACARE Goals to dramatically reduce emissions and noise.

Significant technical progress was made in 2010/2011, and the first technologies have now undergone flight demonstration, so it is an appropriate time to take stock of the programme and assess what it may offer the next generation of civil aircraft.

17 Feb 2013

Bristol Branch Profile

Founded in 1929, the Bristol Branch is one of the oldest and liveliest Branches in RAeS and serves as the local focus for RAeS activities in the south-west of England. 

The city of Bristol harbours one of the largest and most significant aerospace communities in the world. Local industry and research establishments are at the forefront of innovation and advancement in the field of aerospace engineering. Top aerospace companies in the UK have headquarters or major facilities in the Bristol area, including their Research and Development, Design, Manufacturing and Procurement Departments. 

The Bristol Branch has a registered population of over 1,800 people from a range of diverse local aerospace companies and Universities in the south-west, which enhances the popularity of the Royal Aeronautical Society within the Aerospace community in Bristol and the surrounding areas and makes the Bristol Branch one of the most significant contributors to RAeS activity. 



Each year, as part of our branch activities, we have a busy schedule including monthly lectures, visits to UK museums and even international trips to other branches and sites (this year we hosted the Hamburg Branch and held a trip to The Netherlands, with a promised return visit to Hamburg in 2013). Furthermore, this year we hosted a series of workshops to support those in the process of submitting applications for professional registration and to support the nationwide push to increasing awareness of engineering standards among professional engineers. We also contributed strongly to the RAeS Young Members’ roadshows around the country and continued to develop our website (www.raesbristol.org.uk), through which we aim to better serve our growing audience. 

Also in the frame of professional development, this November, the Branch is proud to welcome the prestigious WAAC 2012 one-day conference for Women in Aviation and Aerospace hosted by Rolls-Royce in Filton, Bristol, which will be its first appearance outside of London. 

Since the 25th anniversary of the Branch, every year in May/June time, we hold our Branch showcase event, the Barnwell Lecture, inaugurated to honour the memory of aviation engineer Captain Frank Sowter Barnwell, OBE, AFC, FRAeS. The Barnwell brothers, Harold (1878-1917) and Frank (1880-1938) achieved the first powered flight in Scotland on 28 July 1909. In 1911 Frank Barnwell moved to Bristol to join the British and Colonial Aircraft Company as a designer. He went on to become chief designer and had a key part in designing 150 different models for Bristol between 1915 and 1938 including the Bristol F.2 Fighter and then later the Bristol Blenheim. 

The 2012 Barnwell Lecture was held on 20 June and gave a fascinating insight into the world of RAF helicopter operations, presented by Air Commodore Sibley, Director, Helicopter Operations for the Royal Air Force. 

All of these achievements are owed to the continued voluntary efforts of the Bristol Branch Committee members that ultimately contribute towards the charitable activities of the Royal Aeronautical Society.



11 Feb 2013

February Lecture

Registration for February lecture now open – Register fast!


Thursday 28th February 2013 - 6.30pm, The Concorde Room, BAWA

Sustainable Biofuels for Aviation; Greening the Deserts of the Earth  

Robert Whitfield, Greener by Design



The RAeS Bristol lectures welcome all interested members and non-members for this event. Reservations are not required (except for the Barnwell Lecture & Dinner) but attendance indication is encouraged using the Lecture Attendance Form below (Registration will be opened following the January lecture).


Future emissions of CO2 will have to be reduced to meet global climate concerns. For aircraft in the foreseeable future there is no real alternative, such as electricity, to kerosene: aviation is faced with a need to generate kerosene from non-fossil sources. Over the last few years, huge strides have been made in demonstrating processes that can convert biomass to kerosene and meet technical standards. The outstanding challenges are now to meet sustainability standards and to manufacture and deliver sufficient quantities of such fuel at a price that does not take aviation beyond the reach of consumers. What technical solutions are available to meet the large volume sustainability demands? The European Commission and industry have published a road map to 2020 but are their objectives achievable? Will the policies of governments across the world support or inhibit progress? Do coastal deserts offer a way forward? The RAeS Bristol Branch looks forward to welcoming you to our February lecture.

30 Jan 2013

Report on RAeS Women in Aviation and Aerospace Conference (WAAC)

at Rolls-Royce Filton, Bristol, Nov 2012

Written by Emily Manning and Gaelle Norbert of the RAeS Bristol Branch 

On Friday 2nd November Rolls-Royce hosted the RAES ‘Women in Aviation and Aerospace’ Conference in Filton, Bristol, in a change from its regular venue in central London. After being warmly welcomed by the staff, Clare Walker, chair of the Women in Aviation & Aerospace Committee opened the ‘Inspiring Excellence’ 2012 Conference. She was followed by Jenny Body, President-Elect of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the first woman to become president of the Institution since its creation in 1866.

The ten different speakers were excellent and held the attention of the audience throughout the day. The speakers’ subjects ranged from saving lives to overcoming challenges as well as innovation and excellence. All of the women delivered technically excellent and interesting presentations, with injections of humour to really bring their passion for their subject clear, whilst amusing the audience!

According to Airbus’ Loraine McIlree, Product Engineering Leader for A380 Fuel and General Systems, ‘size does matter’ when talking about fuel systems. She then entertained the audience with “15 shades of Fuel” whilst sharing aspects of the A380 Fuel system.

Belinda Swain, Chief Airworthiness Officer, gave a fascinating speech on air crash investigations. She started working on the Rolls-Royce Olympus 593 slightly before the crash of the Concorde on 25 July 2000. After the Air France Flight 4590 crashed in Gonesse in France, she found that she had a significant part to play in the follow up investigation of the incident.

Lisa Fitzsimons also spoke about her involvement in the world of aircraft investigation, opening many eyes to an alternative career opportunity once one has some experience in the aviation industry.

Search and Rescue pilot, Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, captured everyone’s attention by talking about her challenging role and what inspired her to become the only female pilot in the Irish search and rescue crew. It wasn’t always easy, but made a good example of what you can achieve if you are determined and set your mind to something!

As well as technical presentations, Janet Mitchell gave some useful hints about project management through speaking of her experiences of managing McSquared Consultants Ltd.

Julie Southern from Virgin Atlantic explained how Virgin is taking one step ahead of their competitors by introducing VIP lounges and how Virgin is translating these innovative key skills into managing and delivering for the needs and expectations of the customer.

Dr Faye Smith combined learning about new materials with project management, bringing composite fibres specimens along to accompany the talk.

Harold Caplan, a Fellow of the RAeS, highlighted that the Wright Brothers’ sister, Katherine, was also present during the first powered flight and probably played an important role in their invention. She may not have been given the credit she deserved, with only the two brothers’ contributions being recognised by the majority for many years.

For the final talk, Air Cdre Jayne Millington of the RAF brought us back to the present by highlighting the important roles of many men and women in the 2012 Olympics. It was fascinating to hear about the challenge of providing air security for the 2012 Olympics.

To bring this inspirational conference to a close, there was a post-conference reception, hosted by Airbus, which allowed for plenty of networking! A very worthwhile day in the South West, where the history of aviation was born and the aerospace industry continues to thrive due to the dedicated workforce behind it. Many thanks to Clare Walker, Chairmen of WAAC, and all those involved in organising such an inspiring and educational event!