Outreach event 'Open talk by Prof Harvey Thompson'

Date: From 20/01/2016 18:30 to 20/01/2016 20:00

Location : Lecture Theatre A, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT

Prof Thompson's slides from the talk are now available to view here.

As part of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering's 2015-16 series of events, Prof Harvey Thompson recently gave a talk open to the public titled 'Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation for the Aerospace Industry'.

The talk was well attended with over 30 people making it out, despite the weather. Prof Thompson used the occassion to give an overview the AMEDEO Marie Curie Initial Training Network and the advances in Mutlidisciplinary Design Optimisation (MDO) methods that are being made by the research fellows on the project.

The AMEDEO project was concieved after the Flightpath 2050: Europe’s Vision for Aviation report identified that the future development of environmentally-friendly aircraft will be based on a systematic, model-based process where Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation (MDO) is a key enabling technology. The goal of MDO is to coordinate the individual disciplines affecting the design (e.g. aerodynamics, structural mechanics, acoustics,…)  towards a system that is optimal as a whole, taking into account the key interactions between disciplines. Coordinated by the University of Leeds, AMEDEO is working with a range of internationally-leading aerospace companies (e.g. Rolls Royce and Airbus), universities (e.g. Technische Universität Munich, Technische Universiteit Delft,  Imperial College, Queen Mary, London) and the French National Aerospace Agency, ONERA, to develop innovative new design methods for more energy-efficient and robust aero engines and lightweight aerospace structures.