5 December 2014

South Wales Materials Association (SWMA) Lecture

SPECIFIC attended the December talk from the South Wales Materials Association (SWMA) on the evolution of helicopter rota blades by AgustaWestland. The SWMA hold regular talks from a variety of industrial and academic speakers on a range of materials topics. In November, the talk featured Professor Sarah Hainsworth who used forensic engineering tools to study the remains of Richard III to explain how he died.

The December talk was by Simon Stacey, the Technical & Programme Team Lead for Active Rotor Studies from Agusta Westland. Agusta Westland is Britain’s only helicopter manufacturer that retains a complete indigenous design, development, production, manufacturing and support capability and Mr Stacey gave an interesting talk on the evolution of helicopter rotor blades since the 1940’s. This included changes in blade construction, material selection and the effect this has had on helicopter speeds, manoeuvrability, lifetime and how this influences the future of blade design.

The next event in the SWMA calendar is the Young Person’s Lecture Competition. To enter you need to submit a 150 word abstracts to southwalesmaterialsassociation@gmail.com by the 16th January. The best three will be asked to give a 15-minute presentation on Thursday, February 5th. The winner will receive £100 and be put through to the regional final; runners up will receive £50 each.

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