Prof Andrew Rae

Room 725
Goodlyburn Building
Perth College UHI
Crieff Road
tel: +44 (0)1738 877 856

Available to talk to the media about

  • Aircraft and vehicle aerodynamics
  • aircraft design
  • wind tunnel testing
  • flight test

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Andrew Rae graduated from Imperial College in 1987 and joined the High-Lift Section of the Aerodynamics Department at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough. His activities there concentrated on the physics of multi-element aerofoils, largely but not exclusively for civil aircraft, including Reynolds number effects and wake vorticity. Based at the 5m Pressurised Wind Tunnel at Farnborough he was involved in the development and application of wind tunnel corrections and test techniques. He has managed tests at over 30 other major facilities in seven countries and worked on projects for Airbus, Boeing and several Formula 1 teams. He was Deputy Chairman of the Technical & Scientific Board of the European Wind Tunnel Association (EWA) and within this framework was the focus for wind tunnel correction and advanced simulation methodologies.

He was a QinetiQ Approved Technical Authority and, as such, the signatory for the aerodynamics clearance of flight test aircraft (including E-3D Sentry, BAC 1-11, Canberra, Andover, Nimrod, Hercules, Jaguar, Tornado, Sea King, Chinook and Lynx) modified to accommodate trials or upgrade equipment. He became a QinetiQ Fellow in 2008 for his contribution to applied and experimental aerodynamics. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Smart Fixed-Wing Aircraft element of the EC Clean Skies programme aimed at the flight testing of flow and loads control technologies.

He has worked on many non-aeronautical applications including road and rail transport, wind engineering and sport.

He is currently Professor of Engineering responsible for engineering research and strategy across the University’s partners, and holds a personal Chair as Professor of Experimental and Applied Aerodynamics. He is Director of the Centre for Advanced Engineering at Perth College UHI, is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society's Aerodynamics Specialist Group and an External Examiner at Cranfield University for the MSc in Military Aerospace and Airworthiness. He is a Visiting Professor at Zhengzhou Institute of Aviation Management and was, until recently, a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Engineering Design in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Surrey University.

Current research

Hydrogen-powered aircraft design, wind tunnel test techniques (including noise measurement, pressure sensitive paint and particle image velocimetry) and motorsport aerodynamics, including current work for the Sahara Force India Formula 1 team.

Selected publications

  • 'Particle Image Velocimetry Measurements in the DERA 5 Metre Pressurised Low Speed Wind Tunnel of the Flow Field behind a Half Model of the Airbus A310 in a High Lift Configuration’, A J Rae, DERA/MSS5/TR980100, June 1999.
  • ‘Investigation into Scale Effects on the Performance of Sub Boundary Layer Vortex Generators on Civil Aircraft High Lift Devices’, A Rae (QinetiQ) and S Galpin (Airbus UK). AIAA-2002-3274. July 2002.
  • ‘Aerodynamic Validation of Emission Reducing Technologies (AVERT)’, Specific Targeted Research Project (STREP) Proposal (Call: FP6-2005-AERO-1), 12th July 2005.
  • ‘Thrust Reverse Trials on Tornado GR4’, A Rae, S Fenwick, I Woodcock, A Crowle, QINETIQ/FST/CR036046, December 2003.
  • ‘Investigation of the aerodynamic interaction between a moving freight train and station platform’, A J Rae, P Tattersall, S R H Dean, QINETIQ/FST/CAT/CR012423, July 2002.
  • ‘An assessment of the aerodynamic impact of airport buildings on aircraft using a new runway (28R) at Dublin Airport’, A J Rae & R J Lynn, DERA/MSS/MSFC1/CR010389, February 2001.
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