The Novel Developments of the Helicopter Rotor Blade

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Technical lecture
23 November 2017 19:00 - 20:00
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The presentation will provide an overview of helicopter rotor blade construction evolution from the first days of rotary wing flight up to present day, and review possible future technology directions and synergies.

Material types and configurations are reviewed against the demanding design and operational requirements that a helicopter rotor faces, and the joint  progression of design and construction techniques is used to illustrate the growth in helicopter capability from the very first days of helicopter operations at the end of World War 2 up to present day.

Particular detail has been drawn from the rotor developments achieved by a series of joint industry/government programmes collectively titled the British Experimental Rotor Programme.

Helicopter Rotor Blades Lecture


Simon Stacey joined Westland Helicopters in 1989. In 1997 Simon took the role of Task Leader on the fourth British Experimental Rotor Programme and remained until programme completion in 2007. During that time he was responsible for the co-ordination of all technical and commercial activities.


Physics, Lecture Theatre B
Building 46, Room 2003
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1PQ
United Kingdom

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