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ACCIS CDT student awarded ICAST 2018 conference prize

Andres (right) being presented with his prize by Professor Nam Seo Goo from Konkuk University.

12 October 2018

Andres Rivero wins conference paper prize at the 29th International Conference on Adaptive Structures and Technologies (ICAST 2018).

Andres Rivero, a PhD student in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT), has been awarded one of the Best Oral Presentation awards for his student presentation on the Manufacturing and Characterisation of a Composite Fish Bone Active Camber (FishBAC) Wind Tunnel Model.

The 29th International Conference on Adaptive Structures and Technologies (ICAST 2018) took place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, between 30 September - 4 October. Held once a year, ICAST covers a wide range of topics, including morphing, energy harvesting, actuation, smart materials, etc.

Andres’ PhD project, supervised by Dr Ben Woods, Prof. Paul Weaver and Prof. Jonathan Cooper, focuses on designing and manufacturing a composite morphing fixed-wing using the FishBAC device. His conference paper summarises the design, manufacturing and characterisation of the first composite FishBAC prototype, manufactured by Andres and his collaborators. This wind tunnel wing is currently being tested at Swansea University’s subsonic wind tunnel, and it is already showing promising results in terms of drag reduction. This test will allow us to further understand the benefits of variable camber morphing.

Andres said: “ICAST is a relatively small conference — with high quality presentations — that covers a wide variety of topics within smart materials and structures fields. I find it ideal for networking, and for learning about topics that may not be directly related to my research, but that may be relevant in the future. As the conference location rotates between America, Europe and Asia, there is always an emphasis on cultural exchange. I am very happy that I had the chance to present in this conference and to experience Korean culture. This award would had not been possible without the support of my supervisors (Ben, Paul and Jonathan) and Stephane Fournier (Senior Research Associate working with Ben Woods at the University of Bristol under SABRE H2020’s grant).”


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