The 1st Collar Lecture: Aeroelasticity – Exploiting Aircraft Flexibility for Improved Aircraft Performance

Prof. Jonathan Cooper, Airbus Royal Academy of Engineering Sir George White Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Bristol

6.30pm, 12th November 2015

Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens Building (Faculty of Engineering), University Walk, Bristol, BS8 1TR (see directions below)

The Collar lecture is named after Prof A R Collar FRAeS, FRS, who is most famous for his scientific achievements in the development of matrix methods for engineering, particularly in the field of engineering dynamics and aeroelasticity. He developed the famous “Aeroelastic Triangle” which outlines the main components that give rise to aeroelastic phenomena. In 1946 he set up, with the sponsorship of the Bristol Aircraft Company (now Airbus at Filton), the aeronautical engineering course at the University of Bristol and was the first holder of the Sir George White chair of aerospace engineering. He eventually became the vice-chancellor of the University of Bristol and was also the first academic to become President of the Royal Aeronautical Society whilst still in academic office. He was elected as an FRS in 1965. This lecture will include the following:

– A brief overview of the life and achievements of Prof A Roderick Collar.

– Overview of the science of aeroelasticity and why it has been, and continues to be, extremely important for the structural safety and performance of aircraft, with reference to a range of different aircraft. 

– Overview of current applications and research into aeroelasticity including composite aeroelastic tailoring, gust loads alleviation and flutter suppression.  

Attendance is free and open to members and non-members. 

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