On Friday 24th March in support of the Comic Relief RND2017, the ARA Sports & Social Club held a bake sale and competition. 25 different bakes were entered, ranging from a walnut and cheese bread to an Oreo cake as well as the traditional red nose fairy cakes. A total of £225 was raised for Comic Relief from sales to ARA staff.
Continuing on from 7 successful years as the sole European agent for the pressure-sensitive paint products and services from ISSI (Innovative Scientific Solutions Inc), ARA is pleased to announce the extension of this agreement for 2017.
ARA will be attending at the AIAA Scitech Forum and Exposition in Grapevine, Texas and will be presenting one paper. On Wednesday 11 January at 1600, Andrea Ciarella will present a paper titled ‘Use of a Ring Wing Model to investigate Factors affecting Transition Measurement using Temperature Sensitive Paint and Hot Films in Transonic Flow’. The paper is part of the APA-32 Aerodynamic Results from Ground Test or Flight Test at the AIAA SciTech 2017 and describes the results of the ALFET test whose objective was to deliver the capability to perform the multi-disciplinary, integrated design and manufacture of a Natural Laminar Flow wing aircraft concept.
The UK Government has announced £365 million funding through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) for aerospace research and technology. It is the latest batch of research & technology (R&T) projects to be granted funding since the ATI was created in 2013.
This initiative includes £3.5 million funding to ARA for the further development of specialist wind tunnel rigs and upgrades to the Transonic Wind Tunnel facility. These projects are part of the on-going investment in ARA’s facilities to provide new test techniques and increased efficiency for all our customers.
To find out more about the latest ATI Research and Technology projects on the ATI website click here.
On 1 July Bob Bosher succeeded Dougie Hunter as ARA Chief Executive. After nine years at ARA, Dougie has moved to become Managing Director at Marshall Advanced Composites. Dougie has led ARA through many changes, including significant investment in the facilities and the development of new techniques to ensure ARA maintains its’ position as one of the world’s leading transonic wind tunnels and remains at the forefront of aerodynamic research and development. ARA wishes Dougie every success in the future.
ARA are proud to announce the start of a new project, miniPSP, in collaboration with The University of Manchester. This project is part funded by Innovate UK under the Highly innovative technology enablers in aerospace framework (HITEA3). The overall objective for this project is to conduct a feasibility study into the measurement of the surface pressure distributions in or between complex model components, such as slats, fairings, or undercarriage bays. This project will run for 11 months with the aim to investigate and develop a small-scale binary Pressure-Sensitive Paint acquisition system. ARA will be working alongside academics and researchers to specify, design, and test the system under both low and high-speed conditions. For further information please contact David Roberts via the contacts page.