Boe­ing re­news com­mit­ment to Qine­tiQ’s wind tun­nel

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -


The £ 25m con­tract has been awarded un­der an ex­ist­ing 40- year agree­ment that be­gan in 2004 and is re­viewed ev­ery five years.

The lat­est ex­ten­sion will see Boe­ing con­tinue to use the fa­cil­ity for its com­mer­cial air­craft test­ing un­til at least 2024.

The wind tun­nel’s large size and abil­ity to run at a pres­sure of up to three at­mos­pheres pro­vide high qual­ity data that can ac­cu­rately pre­dict an air­craft’s per­for­mance at full scale. This helps im­prove ef­fi­ciency dur­ing land­ing and take- off, which is of crit­i­cal im­por­tance for both mil­i­tary and civil air­craft.

In 2016, the wind tun­nel ben­e­fit­ted from £ 2m in gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try fund­ing for a project to ap­ply elec­tric mo­tor technology to the scale mod­els tested in the fa­cil­ity, to rep­re­sent the ef­fect of real en­gines.

The up­grade im­proves man­u­fac­tur­ers’ un­der­stand­ing of the air­flow around the en­gines, help­ing them to fur­ther re­fine their de­signs.

John An­der­son, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of air and space at Qine­tiQ, said: “The wind tun­nel, which marks its 40th an­niver­sary this year, has played a cru­cial role in the de­vel­op­ment of mod­ern ad­vanced air­craft such as Boe­ing’s 787 and 777X.

“This con­tin­u­a­tion of our part­ner­ship with Boe­ing reaf­firms the wind tun­nel’s po­si­tion as a vi­tal na­tional as­set, en­abling this im­por­tant work to be car­ried out right here in the UK.

“It also shows that Qine­tiQ is de­liv­er­ing on its strat­egy to en­sure the UK has the test and eval­u­a­tion fa­cil­i­ties and skills needed to main­tain its com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage.”

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