Designing the 1000 mph Car

Bangor University are hosting a public lecture as part of the Learned Society of Wales’ Frontiers series at 6pm on 7th March at the School of Electronic Engineering’s Main Lecture Theatre. The lecture will be delivered by Professor Ken Morgan of Swansea University and he will talk about the designing of the supersonic, jet-powered car, The Bloodhound.

The Bloodhound SSC Project is aimed at taking the World Land Speed Record into a totally new speed regime. Researchers from Swansea University are assisting the process of designing a manned vehicle capable of reaching the speed of 1000mph by 2012. This would surpass the current Land Speed Record, of 763mph, by over 30%. 

The Project presents the design team with massive engineering challenges, including the problem of ensuring that the car will remain stable at this speed. The lecture will describe the nature of the methods being employed and the contributions to the aerodynamic design that have been made.

Professor Morgan’s research has contributed to the development of the discipline of computational engineering and changed the way in which the aerospace industry uses simulation in engineering analysis and design.

This lecture is also part of Bangor University’s Science Festival.  Professor Alan Shore, School of Electronic Engineering said:

"This exciting technological development shows the capability within Welsh Universities and we hope that many members of the public will come along and engage with the excitement of the endeavour. A scale model of the car will be on display so everyone can really 'touch the future'."

The lecture will be delivered in Welsh but simultaneous translation into English will be available. It is sponsored by Bangor University, the Institute of Physics in Wales and the HE-STEM project.


Publication date: 29 February 2012