London, United Kingdom

Industrial Applications: Modelling Aircraft Icing

when 20 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

This module is in the interdisciplinary field of icing in relation to aircraft. Ultimately, this course will draw from mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering to provide students with a broad overview of the field of aircraft icing, and how the problem may be approached mathematically. This will involve understanding the problem, discussing the current state of engineering solutions, and study of how mathematics can help to improve, enhance and further this field.

Modelling of this phenomenon is a threefold approach. Firstly, the trajectory of particles within the fluid flow concerning an oncoming aircraft is calculated. Secondly, the behaviour and mechanics of impinging particles (particles that make contact with the aircraft) needs to be understood. Thirdly, how ice builds up on a surface alongside the possibility of it shedding are important.

This course will serve as an introduction to understanding this field and the analytical modelling of this problem.

Course leader

Dr Ryan Palmer

Target group

This is a level two module (equivalent to second year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area. Students must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study by the start of the module in order to enroll. The 'Energy and Future Cities' module in Session One of the UCL Summer School is the perfect lead-in for this module.

Course aim

The overarching aim is to generate interest in industrial modelling and make a connection between what students study in their degrees and how this can help industry. A strong theme throughout the course will be the importance of industrial research and the demonstrable value and need for cross-disciplinary research. This importance will be emphasised in general for industry related modelling and not just icing.

The course will highlight an application of fluid dynamic theory to a real world problem and introduce students to advance analytical techniques that may be used to understand deep real world problems. Throughout the course students will be introduced to a range of models that would not appear on an undergraduate mathematics/engineering course, showing them that the world of industrial problems, natural phenomena and mathematical solutions stretches far beyond the bounds of an undergraduate degree.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students who enroll on both Sessions of the UCL Summer School will benefit from a built-in tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: Accommodation (optional) will coast £1100 per 3-week Session