2022 Programme

We are still confirming our expert speaker line-up for this year's programme, so keep checking back for programme updates!

08:30 - 09:15

Welcome Coffee

09:15 - 09:30

Opening Remarks

09:30 - 10:00

Fly Zero Project

10:00 - 10:30

Testing capabilities for sustainable aviation

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:30

Future of MRO: Hangar and UAV inspections for automated damage assessment

Prof Nico Avdelidis, Head of the IVHM Centre, Cranfield University

Delivering insights into the use of advanced - UAV NDT inspection systems, the use of AI and ML for damage assessment and decision making, digital MRO and improving operational efficiency by eliminating unplanned maintenance and reduced time in hangar.

11:30 - 12:00

Advanced materials testing

Frédéric Laurin, Research Scientist, ONERA

Florent Mathieu, CEO, Eikosim

More complex material models, especially for composites, create a need for more sophisticated testing and post-processing (identification) techniques. In the case of anisotropic damage models, some of them need tens of parameters to be identified in order for the numerical model to be credible, and engineers have to rely on in-house development of adapted specimens since test standards don't cover them. The use of more recent testing techniques (optical fibers, DIC, acoustic emission) is also often mandatory to pull more information from these tests than traditional instrumentation. Moreover, test and simulation engineers have to work hand-in-hand to make sure the model can be validated. Learn more about recent advances in experiment design, acquisition techniques (notably DIC), and test/simulation data management for material model identification.

12:00 - 12:30

Supersonic/hypersonic

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:00

Track 1: Control and monitoring of cryogenic and gaseous hydrogen for use in aerospace fuel systems

Ben Richardson, Commercial Director, Filton Systems Engineering

Nathan Nims, Business Manager, Digitalisation for Aerospace and Defence, National Instruments

Unlike traditional aviation fuels there are many new considerations when handling, storing and transferring Hydrogen for both fuel cell charging or direct H2 combustions. This session will discuss the new challenges, where they are seen in similar industries and our approach to develop a scalable control and monitoring solution.

Track 2: Smarter Test: reducing time to market with virtual and simulation techniques

14:00 - 14:30

Track 1: Overcoming the challenges in the transition to electric aircraft

Mark Amor-Segan, Chief Engineer, Energy Innovation Centre, WMG, The University of Warwick

Most battery technology has been developed for the automotive industry and the test standards used to-date are not really fit for purpose, especially given that aerospace standards are still evolving. Predicting how lithium-ion batteries will age and degrade is very difficult and currently not well understood, and even worse, lithium-ion batteries fail in ways which are difficult to predict and model and present new hazards which need to be understood in far greater detail. Can these challenges be overcome within a reasonable time scale and budget?

Track 2: Model-based testing to safely test embedded electronics

14:30 - 15:00

Track 1: Flexible Testing of an Electric Aircraft: tools and methods used to construct a flexible testing platform

Christopher Hyde, Regional Manager, Aliaro

Track 2: Use of simulation to minimize aircraft level testing and mitigate risk

John Allan, Manager Systems & Liaison Engineering, Bombardier Flight Test

Case study of Bombardier’s use of various simulation tools and test rigs (SITS, ESIM etc.) to minimize the scope of aircraft level testing. This will outline the overall benefits of this approach including cost reduction, early discovery of issues, reduction in both program and flight safety risk and overall test program optimization.

15:00 - 15:30

Second Networking Break

15:30 - 16:30

Reducing the carbon footprint of civil aviation

16:30 - 16:45

Coffee Break

16:45 - 18:00

Drinks Reception

08:30 - 09:15

Welcome Coffee

09:15 - 09:30

Opening Remarks

09:30 - 10:00

Track 1: Tip to tail testing of an urban air mobility airframe

Whilst there are a number of new UAM craft being developed test challenges are fairly common across these platforms. Test needs to be agile and adapt to changing requirements as the design and supply chain is being defined during the development of the platform. As many of the OEMs are emergent companies, cost sensitivity is high, meaning that capital assets have to be far more versatile to ensure value for money across the whole product lifecycle. In this session How can we develop a strategic test partnership to help navigate test challenges and ensure test assets can be effectively leveraged across multiple systems and matured across the development cycle to maximize utilisation and value for money?

Track 2: Air Defence Systems

10:00 - 10:30

Track 1: Outfitting a major Flight Test Vehicle

Patrice Collin eng., M. eng, Technical Expert, Bombardier Aerospace Experimental

Case study of Bombardier’s approach to incorporate all necessary experimental installations in major flight test vehicles. From conceptual design to handover to the Bombardier Flight Test Center, this will outline the important considerations, among which crew safety, data quality, test efficiency and refurbishment, that are accounted for during the development of the flight test vehicles and their impacts on the design.

Track 2: Testing for missiles, telemetry

10:30 - 11:00

First Networking Break

11:00 - 11:30

Track 1: New certification specifications for urban mobility

Track 2: Advancements in high energy NDT to accelerate aerospace product development and qualification

11:30 - 12:00

Track 1: Ensuring the safety of bonded structures

Track 2: Remote testing capabilities: lessons from automotive

12:00 - 12:30

Track 1: Testing for certification vs. testing for development

Stuart Driver, Chief Environmental Test Engineer, Martin-Baker Aircraft Company

Track 2: Advanced crack detection techniques

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:00

Track 1: Testing in extremes of temperature and pressure

Track 2: Lessons from aircraft testing programme: saving time and money while keeping safe

14:00 - 14:30

Track 1: Engine test technologies to meet modern challenges

Steve Summers, Security Lead and Chief Offering Manager, National Instruments

Gethyn Longworth, Technical Specialist for Experimental Systems, Rolls Royce

Engineers across aerospace and defence are transforming propulsion technologies to reduce emissions, optimize performance, and reach new heights. NI and Rolls Royce will share emergent jet turbine engine test challenges and share how we are working together to overcome these challenges. Topics will include large system test architectures, hardware abstraction layers, iDDS, facility monitoring.

14:00 - 15:00

Track 2: Computer Temography Panel

14:30 - 15:00

Track 1: Advanced propulsion systems

15:00 - 15:30

Second Networking Break

15:30 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 - 16:45

Closing Remarks