2017/18 Lecture Programme

Unless stated otherwise,

meetings commence at 7.30 p.m.

in Room U020, Brockington Building,

Loughborough University.

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the 2017/18 programme

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October 10

MQ-9 Reaper UAV Operations

Paul Clarke, UAS Flight Operations Manager, QinetiQ

Reaper is one of the most capable Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) currently in operational use. How do you fly such an aircraft when you are 8,000 miles away? How does it integrate with traditional manned aviation? What is a typical "Reaper day"? What is the future for RPAS?

November 7

Bloodhound Land Speed Record

Richard Noble OBE, Bloodhound Project Director

The Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) is the world's most advanced straight-line racing car. It weighs 7.5 tonnes and develops 135,000 bhp from its combination of jet and rocket engines. The aim is to use the car to break the 1,000 mph barrier and set a new world land speed record. The lecture will describe the car, the sensation of driving it and provide an update on the plans to carry out the record attempt

November 21

e-Go Light AIrcraft

Giotto Castelli, Co-founder and Chief Designer, e-Go

e-Go is a revolutionary new lightweight sports aircraft first flown in 2013. It incorporates a canard mid-wing and a Wankel engine driving a pusher propeller. Why was the aircraft so designed? What is its potential over more conventional designs? The aircraft's designer will explain.

Joint Lecture with LU Students Union Velocity Society

December 5

Corporate Jet Cabin Evolution

David Velupillai, Marketing DIrector, Airbus Corporate Jets, Toulouse

Along with mission capability, the aircraft cabin is the aspect of most interest to corporate jet customers. The speaker will give us an insight into the corporate jet world and, in particular, to the factors governing cabin design.

February 20

The Airlander Airship Project

Andy Barton. Hybrid Air Vehicles

Airlander is a new class of aircraft which combines the properties of an airship, aeroplane and helicopter. The speaker will describe the technical progress of the project from its start as the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) to the present-day flight test programme.

Joint Lecture with LU Students Union Velocity Society

May 8   7.00 pm

Branch AGM followed at 7.30 by

Sopwith Camel and Eurofighter Typhoon, Modern Air Combat Fighters of their Day

Dr Eric Gillies, Glasgow University

The talk is a mixture of a technical explanation, anecdotes and pilot's notes from the time. A comparison is made between the unstable, and agile Camel and the stable fighters that came after. Finally, a comparison will be made with today's fly-by-wire stabilised Typhoon.

June 12  7.00 pm

University Lecture Theatre J104 Edward Herbert Building

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Joint Event with the University Dept of Aero & Auto Engineering

Loughborough University MEng Final Year Aircraft Design Projects - short lecture series

This is an annual event in which a series of mini-lectures from groups of final year MEng students will describe the results obtained from their projects.

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January 16

The Real Story of the Comet Disasters

Paul Withey, Rolls-Royce Engineering Associate Fellow in Casting Technology, Visiting professor at Birmingham University

The de Havilland Comet was the first commercial jet aircraft. Two accidents in 1954 grounded the Comet fleet. This talk will review the accident investigation and use modern analysis to review the fatigue failure which sparked the research.

February 6

Graphene - The New Material for Aviation

Dr Matthieu Gresil, School of Materials, Manchester University

Graphene and its derivatives have been widely investigated to improve the properties of material such as epoxy resin. This talk will describe the outstanding potential to manufacture multi-functional nano-composites from graphene and epoxy resin for aerospace applications.

               Joint Lecture with the IMechE

March 13

The 2017/18 Elfyn RIchards Prestige Lecture

Rolls-Royce Aero Engines: a Proud Tradition and an Exciting Future)

Professor Ric Parker CBE, ex-Technical Director, Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce's involvement with jet engines dates back to WWII and piston based aircraft engines much further. The speaker will discuss both the history and future of Rolls-Royce's engine development and prooduction programmes.



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