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Front cover The publishers would like to thank TS-Space Systems, for the use of their images on the front cover of Aerospace Test & Validation.
The source guide for engineers, scientists and technicians 2 & 3 Insulation for electric
Overcoming Magnesium Prejudice
planes Teesside University is working with Rolls-Royce & Safran on ceramic composite winding insulation for electric planes.
5 Shedding the harnesses Work is being done at Airbus to replace heavy electric harnesses in cabins with printed ink circuitry.
6 Airborne LiDAR sensors help
water company Water supplies in Ireland are being replanned with the help of 3D survey data being gathered by aerial LiDAR sensors.
9 Fuel system simulation library Aircraft development tasks improve with comprehensive library of fuel systems that can be used in desktop simulations.
10 Digital containers record
shocks Freight containers are now connected on the IoT with sensors transmitting distribution events such as excessive shock.
13 Filters for next generation
aircraft Porvair explains how it meets the needs of future aircraft by embarking on early development and life testing.
14 Technology events Important dates for your diary.
16 Hollow vanes keep things cool The engine for China’s COMAC C919 aircraft will use hollow fan blades created with sacrificial ceramic casting cores.
19 UK engine testbed investment Rolls-Royce breaks ground on its new testbed facility for Trent & UltraFan engines in Derby.
20 CFM engines undergo
ultrasonic inspections April’s Southwest Airlines tragedy has led to the FAA demanding ultrasonic inspections of over 3,000 engines.
23, 24 & 26 Company Guide A guide to Aerospace Test & Validation related suppliers.
28 Lightweight drone for
surveillance 3.5kg drones are available equipped with thermal imaging sensors for conducting night time surveillance operations.
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irmingham Airport is one of a number of organisations putting together an exhibition with the aim of shedding fresh light on the benefits of Magnesium, the properties of which are ideal for aerospace applications but is beset by a
negative image based on misconceptions about the material’s properties. Joining Birmingham airport are Birmingham City University, Meridian Lightweight Technologies and the International Magnesium Association (IMA), which will supply experts to judge an art and technology competition, the results of which will be at the heart of the airport exhibition. At 1.8g/cm3
, magnesium is the lightest
of all structural materials, the eighth most abundant chemical element in the earth’s crust and is 100 per cent recyclable. However, misconceptions surrounding the element’s properties have seen a historical aversion to designing products with magnesium when compared to less sustainable and heavier metals. This is despite a long-standing ban being recently lifted for the use of high pressure magnesium die casting in aircraft seat construction. The competition provides the students with an opportunity to work closely with professional artists, designers, engineers, industrial partners and global organisations on the project, with the potential of international exposure for the winning entry and runners-up. According to Professor Julian Beer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University, the benefits of magnesium are more pertinent than ever as industry seeks to become more and more sustainable. “This is why our competition is so important, while also giving our
students valuable exposure as they seek to forge their own careers in engineering and the arts,” he says. Professor Beer launched the competition amongst the student community in February, and individuals and teams from across the institution’s four faculties have until the end of April to finalise their ideas before submission. The result will be a maquette that is hoped will inspire further
investment, resulting in a full-scale version to be crafted from magnesium and exhibited outside Birmingham Airport’s terminal.
Jonathan Newell, Technical Editor
❱ ❱ Art and design students from Birmingham City University are making their impression on the future of magnesium in aerospace
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