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This lecture illustrates the aerodynamic challenges in modern combustion systems, and outlines both experimental and computational research conducted to provide the improved understanding and enhanced design methodologies for the next generation of aero-engine combustion systems.

The Lanchester Lecture was set up to honour Frederick William Lanchester, HonFRAeS, Britain’s first great aerodynamicist. He is best known for designing and building the first British petrol driven four wheeled motor car (in 1895) and for his work on the theory of fl ight and design of aircraft. Lanchester’s work on stability was fundamental to aviation and he formulated the first comprehensive theory of lift and drag.

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About the speaker:

Prof Jim McGuirk, Department of Aero and Auto Engineering, Loughborough University

Prof McGuirk studied Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College (London), obtaining his PhD in 1975. After 3 years post-doc at Karlsruhe University, Germany working on computational methods for environmental flows, he returned to Imperial College where he was on the academic staff until 1990, when he joined Loughborough University as Professor of Aerodynamics. He was Head of Dept. for 6 years (93-99), and Director of the Loughborough University/Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Combustion System Aerothermal Processes (1993-2012). He served for 3 years as Chairman of the IMechE/RAeS Propulsion Committee (05-08), was a member of the ASME Combustion and Fuels Committee (1991-2012), and an academic representative of the TSB Fluid Dynamics National Technical Committee (08 – 12). He has also served as Chair of the Rolls-Royce Propulsion and Power Systems Advisory Board (08-13). His research interests are in the development and experimental validation of CFD methods for the complex turbulent flows in gas-turbine combustion systems. Prof McGuirk has supervised 37 PhDs and published 80 journal and 110 conference papers, winning the IMechE Thomas Bernard Hall Prize for best paper in the Jnl. of Mech. Eng. Sci. and an ASME Combustion and Fuels Best Application Paper award (2006).

 


Royal Aeronautical Society
25 September 2013