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Aerospace Engineering MEng/BEng(Hons): Student work

Aidan Nicholls

"I'm just going into my final year of the MEng. I chose the option to do a sandwich year and did a placement at Airbus. Kingston University stood out for me because of its state-of-the-art facilities. They have a hands-on approach coupled with the theory that engineers must learn to be successful. With flexible machine labs and experienced technicians, I was able to spend all the time I needed working on my dissertation.

My project was to design, develop and build a micro jet engine using design by analysis techniques. This meant I had to produce a preliminary design using turbine cycle analysis and from there produce a detailed CAD (computer aided design) model. Air flow simulations were then performed using the CFD (computational fluid dynamics) package, ANSYS CFX. The airflow characteristics were observed and from the results each main component was redesigned and optimised before manufacture to ensure the engine would work."

Engine specifications:

  • Thrust: 50 to 75 Newtons
  • Max RPM: 150,000
  • Weight: 2 kg
  • Fuel: Propane gas

"The idea of using design by analysis came from my placement year at Airbus, where I worked within the simulation and modelling team for landing gear systems. Testing of the engine is planned for early next month."

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