Imperial College London’s Department of Aeronautics has opened its new Hiru N Patel Supersonic Wind Tunnel for high-speed airflow, that will allow students and researchers to carry out fundamental and applied studies of airflow at speeds in the transonic (close to the speed of sound) and supersonic (greater than the speed of sound) ranges.

The wind tunnel is unique to Europe, with variable settings that allow for simulation of real-life flight conditions, including supersonic speed, heat and low pressure. Research conducted in the tunnel will have applications in fields such as military and civilian aircraft design. The tunnel can also replicate the atmospheric conditions on Mars for research into Martian/space vehicles.

The facility is supported by a $250,000 donation from Sanjay and Leslie Patel, in honour of Mr Patel’s late father and Imperial alumnus Dr Hiralal Patel (1919-2021). Mr and Mrs Patel, together with family and friends, joined members of the Imperial team for the launch.

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A delegation of 30 experts from Swedish academia and industry, attended a research collaboration workshop at Cranfield at the beginning of March. Swedish experts from the Swedish Aerospace Research Centre (SARC) and about 30 members from across the UK-ARC consortium and funders joined with industry representatives to present an overview of their aerospace  work. Everyone gave short 8 minute presentations that spurred discussion and investigation of positions, hopefully towards bilateral projects in the future.


The day was split into sessions to cover thematic areas, including Hydrogen, Electrical Systems, Materials & Manufacturing, Aerodynamics & Aeroacoustics and SAF. Many took away new information and contact opportunities to discuss with their colleagues back at their respective universities. Regular breaks ensured vital networking opportunities were exploited. Whilst the focus was primarily upon civil aerospace, defence opportunities were also covered.

Roger Gardner, Network Manager of UK-Arc and Yvonne Rosmark and Anders Blom from SARC will explore next steps regarding potential collaborations as part of strategic engagement.


A consortium involving Strathclyde researchers that will deliver what will be the UK’s first medical distribution network using drones has secured £10.1 million in funding from the Future Flight Challenge at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

It is the second successful round of funding for the CAELUS (Care & Equity – Healthcare Logistics UAS Scotland) consortium by AGS Airports in partnership with NHS Scotland.


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Read our Farnborough edition of the UK-ARC Newsletter HERE




Farnborough International Airshow

 Hall 4 – Stand 41130

Learn more about the leading capabilities of the 11 consortium members

alongside other UK-ARC strengths

The UK-Aerospace Research Consortium brings together leading aerospace universities to advance collaborative research in support of UK aerospace. It provides a route to access research excellence and to align research agendas across technology readiness levels (TRLs). This talk will highlight the strategy and ambitions of the consortium, its work with the industry and progress in forging international connections.

Roger Gardner – UK-ARC Manager will be speaking in FINN2 Theatre, Hall 2 Thursday 21st July at 11.30am

Also availabe in Hall 4 at stand 41130  – where the UK-ARC stand will describe our various activities and share information about existing member universities


Modelling and Analysis of Opposed Piston Composite Cycle Aero Engine Concepts PhD

For more information, see link


UK-ARC will have a stand at Farnborough Air Show

Come and visit us in Hall 4, the Research & Development Zone, stand number 41130 adjacent to the ATI stand

For more information on the final preparations see the link below


Lecturer/Associate Professor in CFD for Aerospace Engineering:


Professor of Astronautics and Spacecraft Engineering:


For informal enquiries, please contact Head of Department, Prof. Bharathram Ganapathisubramani,