Month: October 2013

New Aeronautics Laboratories and Technology Workshop

As a result of Hydrodynamics moving to the Civil Engineering building and Structures Testing to the DFF and PACT Laboratories in the C&G Building, the department has re-configured rooms L56,  L56A  and RH155 to create the following;

  • Micro-Thruster & Nano Composite Research Laboratory (L56)
  • Turbulence Imaging Laboratory (L56A)
  • Technology Workshop (RH155)

More information on these new laboratories coming soon..

Structures Testing

A big investment in Structures Testing equipment took place over the last year, including a new Drop tower rig and other Instron test machines. Most of this new equipment is now commissioned and operational in the Dynamic Fracture and Forming Laboratory (DFF) and Polymers, Adhesive and Composites Testing Laboratory (PACT) which Aeronautics share with Mechanical Engineering.

Hydrodynamics Laboratory

Hydrodynamics Flume

The new Hydrodynamics Laboratory was build as part of AMP Phase 1. Over recent months the flume has been fully commissioned and is now available for use by members of the department. The flume has a cross-section of 0.6m wide by 0.7m high and an 8.5m long test section with glass side walls, floor and downstream end. This makes it possible to view models from many orientations. The contraction end of the flume is designed to minimise the turbulence in the test section and is fitted with honeycomb and 2 mesh screens. With the flume full, water can flow through the test section at up to 1m/s and re-circulates via pipework running underneath the mezzanine walkway. A carriage system is fitted to the top rails allowing models to be driven through the water at speeds of up to 3.8m/s. The flume and carriage controllers are digital and controllable from easy to use re-configurable PC software. The Hydrodynamics laboratory is fully equipped, providing the optimum amount of services, such as dry-compressed air, mains water, 13A and 3-phase electrical supplies and class-4 laser interlocking. The laboratory is situated in the basement of the Civil Engineering Skempton Building, room number 043A. Entry to the lab is swipe card controlled so if you wish to visit or use the facility, please let me know so that we can make the necessary access arrangements.


AMP Project timeline

Key Phases of the project
AMP Project Key Dates
Phase/Activity Time Period
Phase 1 Design September 2011 to March 2012
Phase 1 Construction March 2012 to September 2012
Phase 2 to 4 Briefing September 2011 to December 2011
Phase 2 to 4 Design January 2012 to December 2012
Phase 2 to 4 Procurement January 2013 to May 2013
Phase 2 Enabling Works October 2012 to May 2013
Phase 2 Decant Space Creation May 2013 to November 2013
Phase 2 January 2014 to January 2015
Phase 3 Decant Space Modifications March 2015 to May 2015
Phase 3 April 2015 to April 2016
Phase 4 June 2016 to January 2017
Department of Aeronautics move and Completion February 2017 to March 2017


Dear all,

Welcome to the AMP blog, where I will endeavour to post information and news about AMP as we work toward the complete re-location of Aeronautics in 2017. Feel free to email me if  you have any questions or concerns.