8 Dec 2015

The Harwell Cluster – UK’s Space Gateway

Peter Truss FRAeS, Head of Business Development for Space Activities,
Science and Technology Facilities Council
and  Paul Febvre, Chief Technology Officer, Satellite Applications Catapult


21st January 2016

6.30pm – Concorde Room, BAWA, Southmead Road, 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:



Space represents one of the UK’s “8 Great Technologies”, acknowledged by the UK Government as a driving force for UK economic growth. The UK Space community is focused on delivery of the associated Innovation and Growth Strategy (IGS), representing a partnership between industry and government to raise the UK’s share of the global space market from 6% to 10% by 2030. A key element of this strategy is the establishment of the UK Space Gateway, based on the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) campus at Harwell Oxfordshire.
The Space Gateway comprises a growing cluster of space organisations including STFC’s RAL Space, Innovate UK's Satellite Applications Catapult, ESA's European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT), UK Space Agency and a rapidly expanding space industry presence from international systems integrators to SMEs, all aimed at growing the UK and European space economy.

This lecture will show how the Harwell Space Cluster is delivering both economic growth and science return and give some examples of the facilities, space applications and opportunities being created.

17 Nov 2015

American Secret Projects - Fighters and Interceptors

Tony Buttler AMRAeS, Aviation Historian


7th December 2015

6.30pm – Concorde Room, BAWA, Southmead Road, BS34 7RG




Tony Buttler’s review of American jet fighter development since the end of the Second World War examines the various programmes undertaken for both the US Air Force and Navy, with the emphasis on design competitions and some of the proposals which did not reach hardware. After a look at post-war subsonic types, the narrative moves on to the supersonic Century series, the equivalent programmes for the Navy which led to the Crusader and Phantom, the heavy F-14 and F-15 from the late 1960s, and finally the lightweight fighters of the 1970s. Types considered include massive long range interceptor studies from the mid-1950s which led to the aborted F-108 Rapier, lightweight designs offered against the F-104 Starfighter, and the Grumman XF12F project. 

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:

8 Oct 2015

November Lecture

The 1st Collar Lecture: Aeroelasticity - Exploiting Aircraft Flexibility for Improved Aircraft Performance

Prof. Jonathan Cooper

Airbus Royal Academy of Engineering Sir George White Professor of Aerospace Engineering

University of Bristol


6.30pm, 12th November 2015

Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens Building (Faculty of Engineering),
University Walk, Bristol, BS8 1TR (see directions below)




The Collar lecture is named after Prof A R Collar FRAeS, FRS, who is most famous for his scientific achievements in the development of matrix methods for engineering, particularly in the field of engineering dynamics and aeroelasticity. He developed the famous "Aeroelastic Triangle" which outlines the main components that give rise to aeroelastic phenomena. In 1946 he set up, with the sponsorship of the Bristol Aircraft Company (now Airbus at Filton), the aeronautical engineering course at the University of Bristol and was the first holder of the Sir George White chair of aerospace engineering. He eventually became the vice-chancellor of the University of Bristol and was also the first academic to become President of the Royal Aeronautical Society whilst still in academic office. He was elected as an FRS in 1965. This lecture will include the following:
  • A brief overview of the life and achievements of Prof A Roderick Collar. 
  • Overview of the science of aeroelasticity and why it has been, and continues to be, extremely important for the structural safety and performance of aircraft, with reference to a range of different aircraft. 
  • Overview of current applications and research into aeroelasticity including composite aeroelastic tailoring, gust loads alleviation and flutter suppression.  

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:

24 Sep 2015

October Lecture

Transatlantic Adventure

Eddie McCallum, Microlight Pilot


6th October 2015

7.30pm until 9pm – Room 1, BAWA, Southmead Road, BS34 7RG




This is a joint event with the The Light Aircraft Association Bristol Strut and the Bristol Aero ClubLast year Eddie flew solo in his single engine microlight Flight Design CTSW aircraft from Northumberland to Oshkosh, Wisconsin – and back, for which he was a winner of the Royal Aero Club’s Norton Griffiths Trophy. He will describe the challenges of weather and temperature in an aircraft equipped only for day visual flight, and will touch on relevant history and geography as well. With this flight, Eddie has raised over £15000 for UNICEF, and attendees are encouraged to contribute £5 per head to this cause; collection boxes will be available.  

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:

12 Aug 2015

September and October events

Three events for your calendar - see details and registration below.
  • 16th September:
    Future Trends in Certification of Advanced Technology Structures
  • 17th September:
    Development of High Performance CRES Steels for Landing Gear Application
  • 6th October:
    Transatlantic Adventure
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Future Trends in Certification of Advanced Technology Structures

 

16th September 2015

National Composites Centre, Bristol & Bath Science Park, Emersons Green, Bristol BS16 7FS



How are manufacturers modifying their processes in order to produce new products in a shorter timescale and at a lower cost? How are certification authorities changing their requirements to meet the new technologies and reduced timescales?
The Royal Aeronautical Society’s Structures and Materials Specialist Group is hosting a conference on the certification of aerospace structures. Specifically it will focus on possible changes in the processes employed to certify aircraft structures as viewed by both certification authorities and platform/engine constructors.

See more and register at aerosociety.com
Note: Registration for all delegates will close at 5pm on Friday 4 September 2015.


Development of High Performance CRES Steels
for Landing Gear Application

Alan Shepherd, Team Leader for Landing Gear Research and Technology, Airbus


17th September 2015

6.30pm – Concorde Room, BAWA, Southmead Road, BS34 7RG



This is a joint event with the IOM3’s West of England Metals and Materials Association (WEMMA). The talk will present work carried out on the CREST project. This project investigates the use of corrosion-resisting steels in place of low alloy carbon steels for use in landing gear application. CREST specifically targets maturing Carpenter Custom®465 in application to forged landing gear main structural components. This is a multi-partner, UK Government supported project to develop an A320 main landing gear in CRES materials.

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:


Transatlantic Adventure

Eddie McCallum, Microlight Pilot


6th October 2015

7.30pm until 9pm – Room 1, BAWA, Southmead Road, BS34 7RG


This is a joint event with the The Light Aircraft Association Bristol Strut and the Bristol Aero Club
Last year Eddie flew solo in his single engine microlight Flight Design CTSW aircraft from Northumberland to Oshkosh, Wisconsin – and back, for which he was a winner of the Royal Aero Club’s Norton Griffiths Trophy. He will describe the challenges of weather and temperature in an aircraft equipped only for day visual flight, and will touch on relevant history and geography as well. With this flight, Eddie has raised over £15000 for UNICEF, and attendees are encouraged to contribute £5 per head to this cause; collection boxes will be available.  

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:

10 Jun 2015

Barnwell Lecture 2015

The Agusta Westland Project Zero
World First All-
Electric Vertical Take Off Technology Incubator

Dr. James Wang
Vice President of Research & Technology, Agusta Westland 

Monday 22nd June 2015

6.00pm lecture start with refreshments from 5.30pm

University of West of England Exhibition and Conference Centre
North Entrance, Filton Road, Bristol BS34 8QZ

Attendance is free and open to members and non-members. 
Entry by registration only.
If you are planning to attend the lecture, you are kindly requested to register your attendance here:


The story of the Agusta Westland Project Zero demonstrator is a fascinating topic. Their team won the prestigious (and rarely awarded) RAeS Team Gold Award last year, for their incredible achievement in designing, building and flying the world’s first full-scale all-electric technology demonstrator in just 6 months. It is also the first rotorcraft in the world to demonstrate Individual Blade Control technology in flight. We will hear about the exciting, behind the scene story of how a Skunkwork-like team was created that designed the innovative Project Zero aircraft. Agusta Westland also have a number of other Tiltrotor programmes underway and James will summarise some of those projects too.



Driving Directions:
Visitors should use the Frenchay Campus North Entrance. This is not the same as the main campus entrance. Parking will be available on site - please follow the directions below.



21 May 2015

June Lecture

A320neo Flight Testing

Sandra Bour-Schaeffer, Flight Test Engineer, Airbus 

Thursday 11th June 2015

6.30pm lecture start

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 A320neo (new engine option) is Airbus’ newest aircraft variant, due to enter service in late 2015. Its first flight took place on the 25th September 2014.  Sandra Bour-Schaeffer  was on board as a Flight Test Engineer, second from right in above photo. Sandra will speak about the progress of the A320neo through its rigorous flight test programme.

26 Apr 2015

May Lecture

A Lucky Aviator – Test Flying for the RAF, Rolls
Royce and BAe

Heinz Frick, Retired Chief Test Pilot

Thursday 21st May 2015

6.30pm lecture start

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:


Heinz will talk about some of the interesting occurrences of his remarkable career as a
Test Pilot. Heinz began his career in the RAF in 1959 and after flying training was posted to 20 Sqn based in Singapore, flying Hunters. Then followed 2 tours on Lightnings before attending the Empire Test Pilots School. Following that he spent 4 years on the fighter test squadron at Boscombe Down. He left the RAF in 1972 to join RR at Filton and got involved in engine testing on many aircraft including Harrier, Jaguar, HS125, Vulcan and VC10. In 1978 he joined Hawkers at Dunsfold to develop the Harriers and Hawks and became Chief Test Pilot.

18 Mar 2015

AGM and April Lecture

Bristol Branch AGM 

followed by 

Material Tailoring for Lightweight and Morphing Structures - the shapes of things to come!

Paul Weaver, Professor in Lightweight Structures, Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites, University of Bristol

Thursday 16th April 2015

6.00pm for AGM, 6.30pm for lecture

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:

Simply put, a structure should resist loads without failing. Structures that contain humans, i.e. houses, boats, cars, aeroplanes, do not deform a great deal (thankfully!) and those that are required to move around (e.g. aeroplanes) should be lightweight to keep fuel costs down and to overcome gravity. This talk explores the possibility of using unusual properties of materials with some nonlinear geometric behaviour to either reduce mass or to achieve a significant shape change (morphing) of a structure with specific current research examples.

22 Feb 2015

March Lecture

BRISTOL BRANCH LECTURE

presents

How to Investigate an Air Accident

Graham Braithwaite, Professor of Safety and Accident Investigation and Director of Transport Systems, Cranfield University


What does it take to investigate aircraft accidents? How do we collect the evidence we need to under what happened, why it happened and how we prevent similar events from happening again in the future. This talk will cover the selection and training of aircraft accident investigators, the task, traps and challenges they face and a variety of case studies from investigations around the world. Cranfield University has trained aircraft accident investigators since 1977 and rail and marine accident investigators since 2004. Drawing upon this experience, Professor Braithwaite will give a lively presentation about what it takes to think like an investigator.

Time and Venue

6.30pm – Thurs 12th March 2015
Concorde Room, BAWA Leisure Centre
589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG

For enquiries contact Liz Cole
(07450 210111, elizabeth.cole@airbus.com)
For registration: www.raesbristol.org.uk



















15 Jan 2015

February Lecture

The Certification and Testing of Composite Aircraft Structures

Prof. Ian Lane (FRAeS), Senior Expert Structural Analysis, Airbus

19th February 201518:30 Lecture Start

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 drive to improve performance and efficiency of modern aircraft structures has seen a significant increase in the use of Carbon and Glass fibre reinforced composite materials. Whilst these materials offer a potential increase in specific strength and stiffness over more traditional metallic materials, their behaviour under load, environment and damage is very different to the well-understood behaviour of metals. A rigorous pyramid of analysis and structure testing is required to demonstrate the safety and reliability of any structure made with composite materials that will be used in civil aircraft.

Prof Ian Lane is a Senior Expert in Structural Analysis at Airbus. He is based in Bristol but operates transnationally to oversee the correct application of sizing methods and tests for the design and certification of composite materials. His mission also includes enabling the effective use of research and technology to push the boundaries of civil aircraft structures. He will describe some of the challenges faced in the certification process of Airbus’ newest civil airliner, the A350XWB and will discuss the possibilities for future aircraft structures.