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From Montgolfier to Concorde and beyond

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This lecture is not a history lesson! It is about using aerodynamics to explain why planes look the way they do and, ultimately, to attempt to answer the big question: Where do we go from here?

Date and Time

24 March 2014 - 18:30-21:00

Location

Bracknell, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

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Organised by the Surrey local network.


About this event

Global demand for air travel is growing faster than ever. Since humans first took to the skies in the Montgolfier brothers’ hot air balloon in 1783, engineers have strived to design aerial vehicles to fly faster, higher and further. In our ongoing quest to conquer the skies, we continue to take inspiration from nature and push the boundaries of new materials and technologies, finding many new uses for aerial vehicles along the way.

In this lecture, Dr Bruce will give an aerodynamicist’s perspective on the unique challenges of designing vehicles of all shapes and sizes to defy gravity. Starting from the early hot air balloon pioneers, he will move on to consider conventional aeroplanes and highlight some of the most significant advances in their development that have allowed us to produce the state-of-the-art aircraft that exist today.

Disclaimer: This lecture is not a history lesson! It is about using aerodynamics to explain why planes look the way they do and, ultimately, to attempt to answer the big question: Where do we go from here?

Speaker

Dr Paul Bruce, Lecturer in High Speed Aerodynamics, Imperial College London

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