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The RAeS Solent Branch holds lectures every month that anyone can attend at no charge. Both members and non-members are welcome. For more details on how to find where the lectures below are held, please see the lecture locations page.


Next Lecture:

The Novel Developments of the Helicopter Rotor


Thursday 23rd November - 19:00 (doors at 18:30)

University of Southampton - Physics Lecture Theatre B

Presented by Simon Stacey, Programme & Technical Leader - Active Rotor R&D

The presentation will provide an overview of helicopter rotor blade construction evolution from the first days of rotary wing flight up to present day, and review possible future technology directions and synergies. 

Material types and configurations are reviewed against the demanding design and operational requirements that a helicopter rotor faces, and the joint progression of design and construction techniques is used to illustrate the growth in helicopter capability from the very first days of helicopter operations at the end of World War 2 up to present day. 

Particular detail has been drawn from the rotor developments achieved by a series of joint industry/government programmes collectively titled the British Experimental Rotor Programme.

Lecture is held jointly with the IMechE Wesssex branch.

The lecture will take place in the Physics B lecture theatre, which is located in Building 46 on the Southampton University map on our lecture locations page.

Image copyright Leonardo.


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