MBDA UK leads project to support aerospace innovation

Posted on 17 Jun 2013
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MBDA UK, part of the MBDA Group, is leading a R&D project to develop improved modelling techniques for airframe geometry and airflows in support of new airframe design.

This is one of seven collaborative projects sponsored by the Aerospace Growth Partnership, which aim to support innovation in aerospace technology.

The Geometry Handling and Integration (GHandI) project has a value of £5 million investment shared between the Technology Strategy Board and industry.

It is expected to facilitate knowledge sharing and cross-fertilisation via complementary research activities, and establish innovative capabilities and shared understanding.

Consortium members will bring their strategic research partners into the project, together with the project’s scientific/technical experts. This will strengthen links with academia and the UK skills base in simulation and design.

The MBDA-led team includes Airbus Operations, Rolls Royce and BAE Systems; aerodynamic modelling and technology providers and academia.

Steve Wadey, MBDA’s executive group director technical and managing director UK, said: “By partnering with the wider aerodynamics community and working with such a range of technical experts in industry and academia, we are able to collectively develop and share techniques that will benefit the wider competitiveness of the UK Aerospace industry.”