Civil aviation is growing and its business models evolving. Next generation combat aircraft are exciting the next generation of aerospace engineers, as are the possibilities of electric and hybrid propulsion. The possibilities for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) have seen an unprecedented number of new concepts and aerospace start-up initiatives, and the range of uses for drones and other autonomous air vehicles is overwhelming, as are the shapes and sizes of platforms under consideration.
Many of these concepts for future platforms are moving away from the comfort zone of traditional design methods, and this requires a fresh approach to many areas of aerodynamics. There continues to be cross-fertilisation between civil and military sectors, and it is intended that the 2020 conference will provide an opportunity to review successes of the past and raise the profile of the challenges that lie ahead of us.
This year’s conference is targeted at aerodynamics researchers, practitioners and programme managers from academia, industry and research establishments worldwide. The objective being to bring together aerodynamic professionals for a balanced perspective of fundamental science issues, the technology related to current and future developments, and the impact of, and need for, changing policy and regulation.
Topics to be covered by speakers include:
- Advanced Concepts
- Aerodynamic Design Applications and Related Test Programmes
- Greener Aviation Perspectives and Resulting Issues
- New Aircraft Concepts & Derived Concepts from Current types (Civil & Military)
- Flow Control
- Propulsion Integration
- Improving Efficiency
- Advanced Rotorcraft
- Exploiting Military Technology into Civil Applications and vice versa
- Modern approaches to certification
- The need for relevant regulatory and operational frameworks
- Impact of Advancing Materials, Structural, Aeroelastic & Adaptive Technologies
- Formation Flying (Cruiser-Feeder Concepts, Air-to-Air Refuelling)
In addition to providing a platform for the presentation of new ideas, research results, technology integration and validation, the conference will also provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of results and experiences with a view to collaborations for future enhancement of capabilities, and identify areas needing additional research and development.
With an ongoing success rate, this event traditionally attracts 80-100 international aviation professionals with a passion and thorough understanding of aerodynamics. Speakers, delegates and sponsors will be present from companies such as ATI, Airbus, BAE Systems, ARA, Dstl, GE Aviation, LaVision, MBDA, NASA Langley Research Center, QinetiQ, Siemens, Thales and Universities such as Cranfield, Brighton, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Loughborough, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton, Surrey and West of England.