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Mr Nick Durston

Mr Nick Durston

Mr Nick Durston

Aerospace Engineering (PhD)

Area of research

Flight stability and control with morphing wings: bio-inspiration from bird flight

Research summary

Flight stability and control with morphing wings: bio-inspiration from bird flight

How do gliding birds morph their wings, tail and body to control their flight?

How might the lessons learned guide the design of future morphing unmanned air vehicles operating at similar Reynolds Numbers?

These questions have developed into the following research areas in support of my PhD project:

1) The development of methods to accurately quantify the three-dimensional surface geometry of gliding birds in free-flight.

2) An accurate understanding of the aerodynamics of bird flight through the use of wind tunnel testing and computational fluid dynamics.

3) The use ...

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Biography

After graduating from the University of Liverpool in 2011 with a masters in aerospace engineering, I joined Rolls-Royce on the graduate scheme in Bristol. During this time I worked on CFD modelling of the JSF LiftFan, as well as design and make of a test rig for bearings on the JSF lift system. I then worked for over a year on the experimental build and test of the 'Environmentally Friendly Engine', which is a prototype for lean burn combustion sub-systems. In January 2014, I began work on my PhD at the University of Bristol.

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