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City's Aeronautical Engineering facilities get MP's seal of approval

Nic Dakin MP visits City

Nic Dakin MP visited City recently to meet the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Paul Curran; the nullPresident and Vice-President (Education) of the Students' Union, Rima Amin and Issy Cooke: and to see the University's redeveloped Aeronautical Engineering facilities.

The Labour Member of Parliament for Scunthorpe was previously a member of the Education Select Committee and has a keen interest in manufacturing and aeronautics. He received a guided tour from Professor Chris Atkin, Professor of Aeronautical Engineering in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering.

Earlier this year, City was awarded £700,000 of equipment funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the UK Aerodynamics Centre as part of the National Wind Tunnel Facility.

The equipment funded by the award will support in-house research conducted by Professor Atkin, Professor Mike Gaster and Dr Simon Prince, a former Senior Lecturer in Aeronautical Engineering at City. The research will utilise the recently acquired Gaster low turbulence wind tunnel and the existing T5 high speed wind tunnel. The Gaster wind tunnel is uniquely suited to the study of laminar-turbulent transition, one of the areas being researched by academics within the School. The idea of a National Wind Tunnel Facility originated at City.

The University has a proud history in the field of Aeronautical Engineering. In 1909 it was the first institution in the UK to introduce courses in this area. Today, the department is renowned for its cutting edge facilities which include a flight deck and motion simulators. Other areas of research strength include specialised optical diagnostics for mapping internal combustion engines and high speed turbomachinery, alternative fuels, heat exchangers and high performance computing for numerical simulation and validation of engineering solutions.

The Department has strong local, national and global links with industry and maintains partnerships through research projects and student placements.

Learn more about the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics at City.

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