Advanced Engineering 2016 - National Exhibition Centre, 02 - 03 November 2016

The UK's largest meeting place for advanced engineering professionals
IMECHE conference



With the recent UK government investment into the aerospace industry offering a further £365 million towards technological research and development and creating 2,000 jobs, there is opportunity for significant advances in aerospace technology in the UK. Aerodynamic engineering is at the forefront of these advances, being the primary way of increasing efficiency in flight.

Discover the latest developments across the aerospace industry for increasing efficiency at the Aviation Aerodynamics 2016 event. This event not only covers external aerodynamic engineering but also innovation in internal aerodynamics.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from high level engineers in internal aerodynamic initiatives such as boundary-layer ingestion and the latest Sabre (Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine) project. Hear about key engineering solutions regarding external aerodynamics including the latest laminar technology and new design ideas for aircraft structures to take back to your company. Gain expertise from lessons learnt from the space industry in order to further your position in the aviation industry.

Benefit from the opportunity to meet aerodynamic specialists in aircraft manufacturing, testing and design along with solution providers to discuss the future of the aerodynamics industry and how to ensure your stake in it.


Key Topics Include

  • Airbus share on the significant BLADE project and enabling natural laminar flow through design
  • European Space Agency present on aerodynamics for re-entry space vehicles, in particular the Exo-Mars project
  • The new innovation the Sabre (Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine) from Reaction Engines
  • QinetiQ share their latest advances in simulating a plane in a wind tunnel through the use of an electric motor
  • An exclusive update from Clean Sky Joint Undertaking on plans for Clean Sky 2
  • Rolls-Royce’s UltraFan™, a new design concept to ensure greater efficiency in the engine


Benefits Of Attending

  • Hear about latest innovations to reduce drag in external aerodynamics by creating natural flow through wing design
  • Benefit from lessons learnt from the space industry in aerodynamic engineering to adapt aviation practices
  • Learn about key internal aerodynamic engineering advances to improve the engine capacity and function for greater efficiency in flight
  • Gain insight into the current developments in CFD and modelling for cutting-edge aerodynamic design
  • Insight into the latest design projects and plans for Clean Sky 2
  • Network with external and internal aerodynamics specialists, engineers, designers, testing leads and contractors across the aerodynamics industry

Agenda - Wednesday 02 November 2016


09:10 - 09:35



Morning keynote address: Advances in aerodynamics under the new clean sky 2 programme
Ron van Manen, Programme Manager Clean Sky 2, Clean Sky Joint Undertaking

  • The challenge of laminar flow in large commercial aircraft and flight controls and high-lift solutions using morphing wings
  • New and innovative aircraft configurations enabling step-changes in enabling new propulsion architectures and airframe/engine integration solutions
  • Innovative helicopter rotor-blades for noise reduction and efficiency

09:35 - 10:00

The Natural Laminar Flow Flight Test of the BLADE Project of CleanSky
Tom Gibson, Aerodynamics Design Engineer, Airbus

  • Introduction to the Airbus A340-300 BLADE (Breakthrough Laminar Aircraft Demonstrator)
  • Schedule and strategy for the flight testing to demonstrate laminar flow in flight
  • Preparatory tests – ground and flight

10:00 - 10:25

Tim Galsworthy, Head of the Wing of the Future, Airbus

Future Wing Development

  • What is the Market status today?
  • What are the challenges we need to focus on?
  • How are we addressing these challenges?

10:25 - 10:40

Questions and answers

10:40 - 11:10

Networking refreshment break

11:10 - 11:35 

Aerodynamics: perspectives and technologies for future transport aircraft
Cord-Christian Rossow, Director, Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)


  • Derivation of main technology drivers for transport aircraft design
  • Current technological trends in transport aircraft design
  • Future technological perspectives beyond the current technological scope

    10:40 - 11:10

    Networking refreshment break


    11:35 - 12:00

    Latest developments in internal aerodynamics for increased efficiency
    John Bolger, Engineering Associate Fellow – Compressor Aerodynamics, Rolls-Royce 

    •  Overview of the UltraFan™ project – a high propulsive and thermal efficiency engine architecture
    • The aerothermal challenges of integrating sub-systems and maximising component efficiency
    • Meeting these challenges through a focused aerothermal research portfolio

    12:00 - 12:25

    Current research developments on active flow control in the context of integrated wing technologies
    Konstantinos Kontis, Head of the Aerospace Sciences Division, University of Glasgow

    • Non-conventional configurations, including propulsion integration
    • Minimum drag (wing sweep potential and BWB)
    • Overview of advanced active flow control actuators

    12:25 - 12:40

    Questions and answers

    12:40 - 13:40

    Networking lunch

    13:40 - 14:05

    Ivan Popović, Project Lead – Propulsion Concepts, Rolls-Royce

    • Insight into the basic principles of BLI technology
    • Opportunities and challenges related to integration of BLI propulsion system on a conventional wing and tube aircraft
    • Case study of BLI enabled by hybrid electric propulsion



    14:05 - 14:30

    Afternoon keynote address: Entry, descent and landing aerodynamics for space vehicles
    Jose Longo, Head Aerothermodynamics and Propulsion Analysis Section, European Space Agency

    • The role of the aerodynamics on space configurations from HERMES to ExoMars, including mission successful vehicles like ARD, Huygens and IXV is reviewed
    • Physical modelling, numerical algorithms, and validation strategies for aerodynamic design
    • Measurement techniques, sensors, ground facilities and in-flight experimentation

    14:30 - 14:55

    James Barth, Lead Aerodynamicist, Reaction Engines

    • Component aerodynamic challenges: from turbo-machinery and combustors to ramjets and rocket nozzles
    • The aerodynamic challenges unique to integrated sub high-speed air-breathing propulsion systems
    • Potential spin-outs from SABRE applicable to civil aviation engines

    14:55 - 15:10

    Questions and answers

    15:10 - 15:40

    Networking refreshment break


    15:40 - 16:05

    Investigating the use of electric motors for engine simulation in wind tunnel tests
    Malcolm Pembery, Test Engineer, 5m Wind Tunnel, QinetiQ Ltd

    •  Reasons for exploring the use of electric motors in wind tunnel testing
    • Overview of the research and work carried out so far
    • The industrial/academic/government collaboration Electric Motor Powered Aero-engine Simulation of aircraft models in Wind Tunnels (EMPAS) project

    16:05 - 16:30

    Future design, verification and certification of flexible aircraft
    Peter Curtis, Chief Technical Officer, Aircraft Research Association

    • Reducing development time and enhancing data quality through reduced-order Fluid Structure Interaction models, Variable Fidelity Models (VFM) and Uncertainty Quantification (UQ)
    • Verifying the output of such numerical models through the use of a transonic gust generator with flexible wind tunnel models
    • Bringing together CFD and experimental techniques in the generation of aerodynamic data throughout the flight envelope to capitalise the strengths of each

    16:30 - 16:55

    High-fidelity flow analysis of aircraft and engines at Netherlands aerospace centre (NLR)
    Michel van Rooij, R&D Engineer Computational Aerodynamics, Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR)

    • Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) and hybrid RANS-LES modelling of aircraft
    • Perfecting time-accurate aeroelastic calculations
    • Automatic local grid refinement technology

    16:55 - 17:10

    Questions and answers

    17:10 - 17:20

    Chair's closing remarks