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Professor Chris Atkin elected President of the Royal Aeronautical Society

City Professor of Aeronautical Engineering becomes head of the prestigious professional body dedicated to the global aerospace community for 2016-2017.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Professor of Aeronautical Engineering, Professor Chris Atkin, has been recently elected President of the prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) for 2016-2017.

Established in 1866 to further the art, science and engineering of aeronautics, the RAeS is the world’s only professional body dedicated to the entire global aerospace community and is at the forefront of developments in aerospace.

Chris AtkinProfessor Atkin, who is “honoured to have been elected to serve the Society”, is an international authority on the prediction and control of boundary layer flows, in particular for the purposes of skin friction drag reduction by means of laminar flow control. He has provided advice and modelling software to Airbus, Bombardier, QinetiQ, EADS and the UK Ministry of Defence. Professor Atkin's current academic interests focus on innovative flow control techniques for persistent UAVs and low-emission transport aircraft. He also maintains a strategic interest in commercial and technical barriers to the application of flow control on future commercial aircraft projects. He is a past chairman of the RAeS's Professional Standards Board.

Professor Atkin has been instrumental in City originating the idea of a National Wind Tunnel Facility (NWTF) which now involves six other universities and is currently funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to the tune of £13.3m.

The NWTF seeks to place the UK at the forefront of aerodynamics and fluid mechanics research.

Wind tunnel

A wind tunnel is used in aeronautical research to study the effects of air moving past solid objects. A wind tunnel consists of a tubular passage with the object under test mounted in the middle. Air is made to move past the object by a powerful fan system or other means. The test object is often called a wind tunnel model and has sensors attached to it to measure the forces of aerodynamic pressure distribution or other characteristics.

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