The project saw impressive contributions from the 40 students. For many of them, this was their first experience in aerospace engineering. This enterprise was a multidisciplinary design and optimisation project covering technical fields such as aerodynamics, propulsion, cabin layout, landing gear, stability, loads, and flight mechanics. Many of the designs received were well-optimised. An example of some of the design concepts is demonstrated above.
The Aerospace Engineering programme is coordinated by Mechanical Engineering Senior Lecturer Dr Stephen Daynes, whose expertise includes the design and analysis of lightweight aerospace structures.
“It’s great to finally get this aerospace degree off the ground and to see such great design work from the students being produced in such a short space of time.” Dr Daynes says. “We’ve also had great support with guest lecturers from the industry and the chance to go on a field trip to the Air New Zealand/Pratt & Whitney Christchurch Engine Centre to see theory being put into practice.”
UC offers the only undergraduate Aerospace degree in Aotearoa. This Aerospace minor is part of the student’s Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree, providing them with an enhanced pathway into the aerospace industry in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand, and beyond.