Rj Mitchell Lecture: Blade – Natural Laminar Flow Flight Testing
THURSDAY 05 MARCH - 7:00 PM
Presented by the Royal Aeronautical Society
Simon Galpin Head of Aerodynamics and VP Engineering
Tom Gibson Technical Competence Leader, Component Aerodynamics
The BLADE project – which stands for ‘Breakthrough Laminar Aircraft Demonstrator in Europe’ – is tasked with assessing the feasibility of introducing laminar flow technology for commercial aviation. It aims to improve aviation’s ecological footprint, bringing with it a 50% reduction of wing friction and up to five percent lower CO2 emissions.
Simon and Tom will discuss the challenges of modifying a full sized airliner to develop this technology, how the test programme has improved our understanding of laminar flow and what this means for the future of aircraft design.
6pm Drinks reception
7pm Lecture starts
FREE ADMISSION All welcome
Image by S. Ramadier and copyright Airbus