Western Aerospace Centre
The Centre is part of the Aerospace Division of the IMechE, and represents western region industry and academia with interest in the aerospace industry.
The Chairman of the Western Aerospace Centre is Martin Soltau, who can be reached by emailing email@example.com.
The Honorary Secretary, Pauli Markkanen MEng CEng MIMechE can be reached about anything in connection with the Western Aerospace Centre and its events by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please get in touch if you would like represent your organisation in industry or academia and would like to join the committee, if you would like further details on any of the events on these pages, or if you would be interested in helping arrange these or other events across the Western Region.
Western Aerospace Centre Prestige Lecture 2013
Where Next for Airbus - Evolution or Revolution?
On the Monday 21st October at the University of Bristol, Neil Scott (UK Engineering Director for Airbus) discussed the future possibilities in the civil airline world.
Neil Scott is currently Vice President Engineering for Airbus in the UK as well as Head of Landing Gear Engineering for Airbus. Neil has previously been the UK Chief engineer on the A320 Programme, UK Chief Engineer on the A330/A340 Programme, Programme Director for the A340-600 Wing, Programme Director for the A380 Landing Gear, and Aircraft Programme Director for the definition phase of the A350 which has recently achieved its first flight.
Airbus has been developing innovative and market winning aircraft on a regular basis. Since the early 1980’s with the first fly-by-wire aircraft the A320, Airbus have produced a new model or a major version change aircraft every 2 to 3 years on average. The commercial aircraft market remains buoyant, but the world is changing and the next all new aircraft has to be a real game-changer to meet the modern demands of the environment, fuel burn, noise, reliability, cost and of course safety and customer comfort. In this lecture Neil looked at previous successes, the challenges going forward and possible solutions for air travel in the years to come.
Flyer include in .pdf form.
We are pleased to include the slides from Neil's lecture.
Western Aerospace Centre Prize 2013
A Recognition of Continuing Professional Development
The Western Aerospace Centre annual prize competition encourages Continuing Professional Development for Young Engineers who have previously graduated with a first degree.
The final of this year’s Western Aerospace Centre annual prize competition – encouraging continuing professional development amongst Young Engineers who have previously graduated with a first degree - took place at the University of Bristol, on Monday 15th April. Of the thirteen abstracts submitted for the initial assessment, four were short-listed for the second phase of the competition: an oral presentation to the Adjudication Panel, Committee Members and Guests. In alphabetical order, the finalists were:
- Eric Eckstein, University of Bristol “Morphing High Temperature Composites as Autonomous Actuators for Extreme Environments”
- Varun Thangamani, Cranfield University “Some Practical Considerations in the Search for Cavity Tone Suppression for Aircraft Weapons Bays”
- Peter Thomas, University of Bristol, “The Development of Simulation and Control Tools for Autonomous Air to Air Refuelling”
- Yachao Wang, Messier-Dowty “A Heat Treatment Study on Internal Quenching”.
Mark Chapman (Chief Engineer, Bloodhound SSC) with Martin Soltau (WAC Chairman) and 2013 Finalists Varun Thangamani, Eric Eckstein, Yachao Wang and Peter Thomas
Martin Soltau (WAC Chairman) welcomed the finalists and guests to the event. All four papers were very well prepared; the presenters proved that they had researched their topics well and were confident in giving their papers to an inquisitive and appreciative audience. Questions were well handled. Following the presentations, presenters and guests enjoyed a finger buffet while the adjudication panel Bill Hodson (Director, Frazer-Nash Consultancy), Stephen Harrison (Technical Head of Frazer-Nash Consultancy), Eric Bray (Director of Atkins Aerospace) and Sandy Mitchell (University of Bristol) retired to assess the overall results.
The judges found the choice very difficult, with winner of the 2013 £500 WAC Prize being Eric Eckstein, University of Bristol on the basis of an excellent presentation on the most interesting topic of novel actuators made from composite materials. The 3 other finalists were each awarded a finalist’s certificate and £100. The prizes were presented by Mark Chapman, Chief Engineer of the Bloodhound Project (www.bloodhoundssc.com
Mark Chapman presents Eric Eckstein the winner’s prize
The four finalists have also visited the Red Arrows for a full corporate day at RAF Scampton, including the Squadron presentation, the pilots’ briefing and interacting with RAF personnel. This was a great opportunity to see the operation of this team of very talented aviators.
The flyer for the event is included here: Western Aerospace Centre Prize Flyer 2013
A link to Eric's abstract is included here: Eric Eckstein - Bristol University - Morphing High Temperature Composites
A copy of this report in .pdf format is included here: IMechE Western Aerospace Centre Prize 2013 - Report
Update - the finalists and Martin Soltau (WAC Chair) at an entertaining and informative day with the Red Arrows. Read Martin's report (with photos) here: Day with the Red Arrows - 4 Jul 2013
Martin also recorded some of the action - click here for more: Prize Winners with the Red Arrows
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Address Not Applicable | 31 January 2014 23:00 to 23:00
Western Aerospace Centre 2014 Prize - Abstract Submission Deadline
Industry sector: Aerospace.