How academia and industry can solve the challenges of future aircraft propulsion was the focus of an annual showcase held at a major centre for aerospace research at the University of Nottingham this week. The Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) used the day-long event, held on 27 November, to highlight successes from the last two years and to introduce the new IAT Director, Professor Serhiy Bozhko. The event bought together prominent stakeholders from academia and industry, with almost 80 delegates from multinationals including Airbus, Rolls Royce and Siemens, as well as smaller and mid-sized companies active in the aerospace supply chain. Key academics from the IAT, the University of Nottingham’s Propulsion Futures Beacon of Excellence and the Faculty of Engineering were also in attendance.
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Development of the first electric race airplane has taken a major leap forward due to an innovative partnership announced between the University of Nottingham and Air Race E this week.
A new integrated ‘plug and play’ electric motor, battery and power electronics system will be designed and retrofitted into an existing petrol-powered Air Race 1 plane in workshops at the University.
The prototype race airplane will help shape the technical model and rules for Air Race E, which is set to launch its inaugural race in 2020.
Designs for a flying motorcycle that could revolutionise electric aircraft have been unveiled today by the University of Nottingham.
Research Fellow Richard Glassock’s futuristic design sees a detachable motorcycle acting as an additional power source for an electric aircraft – extending the length of time it can fly.
The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IfAM) at the University of Nottingham has led groundbreaking research into the development of a new wing structure that will provide Airbus Helicopters’ Racer High Speed Helicopter Demonstrator with enhanced speed and range to complete advanced missions.
Dafne Gaviria Arcila, a second year mechanical engineering doctoral student at the University of Nottingham, has been awarded the prestigious Amelia Earhart Fellowship from Zonta International for her work in enhancing the performance of the new generation of aero-engines.
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