This project – called Geometry Handling and Integration (GHandI) – brings together organisations from the UK aerodynamics community that are leading the exploration and optimisation of new airframe shapes, and represents a 5-million-pound investment shared between the UK’s Technology Strategy Board innovation agency and industry.
Missile system developer and manufacturer MBDA is leading the effort, which in addition to Airbus, includes Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems, aerodynamic modelling and technology providers (Transcendata, Altran UK Ltd, ARA and Cambridge Flow Solutions) , along with teams from five universities (Queens University Belfast and the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Southampton and Strathclyde).
In addition to developing improved modelling techniques, the project will facilitate knowledge-sharing and give individuals and teams opportunities to work together on research and development, as well.
“Improving aerodynamic modelling techniques is becoming increasingly important as we move forward,” said Airbus Head of Business Development Colin Sirett. “Design is becoming more complex and sophisticated as we endeavour to combine quality and performance with efficiency and sustainability.”
“By forging partnerships with the wider aerodynamics community and working with experts in industry and academia, we will be able to develop as a team and share techniques that will benefit the wider UK aerospace industry,” he added.