Stirling is attending AIAA SciTech 2014

10th January 2014

Stirling Dynamics will be attending SciTech 2014 which runs from the 13-17th of January at the Gaylord National in National Harbour, Maryland. SciTech is the largest event for aerospace research, development, and technology in the world which is run by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). During the event, a paper co-written by the University of Bristol, the Aircraft Research Association, Alenia Aermacch and Stirling Dynamics will be presented. The paper entitled ‘Design of a Morphing Wing Tip’ develops and evaluates the initial design of a morphing wingtip for a Regional Jet aircraft.

This paper is contextualised by issues such as fuel consumption, noise and engine emissions, which have become increasingly important design factors within the aerospace industry. While these problems are being addressed, conventional aircraft designs with a fixed airframe can only be optimised for one particular condition in the flight envelope. As such, morphing technology is being considered as a method to change the aircraft shape in flight in an attempt to increase performance at off-design points. The possibility of adding a morphing winglet to a regional jet aircraft using an internal chiral structure to change the camber, cant and twist geometries, is explored. This concept was investigated to see what effect the winglet geometry has on important design factors like static and dynamic wing loads, and overall wing drag.

The “Morphing” paper is due to presented at SciTech on Thursday 16th January from 4:30pm. In addition, co-writer of the paper, Stirling’s Research and Development Manager Dr. Simon Hancock, will be attending the conference.

SciTech is one of the key aerospace events in the global calendar. It aims to tackle the major issues affecting the aerospace industry. This year, the event will look at the effects of future government R&D funding, the increasing cost and complexity of design, and the challenges of maintaining an educated workforce in a rapidly-changing, technology environment. This event acts as a catalyst for inspired idea exchange, cutting across highly specialised technical disciplines, and advancing aerospace business solutions.

If you would like to find out more information about this event, please visit the AIAA SciTech website at: