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What Goes Up, Might Come Down: the aerodynamics of airliners and racing cars

Presented by Professor Andrew Rae, Professor of Engineering
When Jun 02, 2015
from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where Lecture Theatre, Perth College UHI, Crieff Road, Perth
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Inaugural professorial lecture

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The Airbus A380 can weigh 575 tonnes at take-off but defies gravity just by manipulating the flow of air around its wings.  A Formula 1 racing car can generate aerodynamic downforce equal to its own weight at just 80mph again through the manipulation of the air passing around it.  That downforce means that the car can go round corners at high speed, producing sideways loads up to six times that of gravity and a driver’s helmet, normally weighing 1.25kg, will effectively weigh 7.5kg, so that the driver has to support the equivalent of seven and half bags of sugar just with muscles in their neck.  This lecture will explain simply the physics of how lift and downforce are generated, how increased understanding has developed through time and how designers exploit that knowledge to improve performance and increase efficiency.

Professor Rae will present his lecture on 2 June and will be available for audience questions.

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