A strategic vision formed by industry, government and academia for UK aerodynamics...

Keeping the UK at the forefront of the world’s aerospace design and manufacturing scene...

Establishing priorities to protect, sustain and grow the UK aerodynamics industry...

Facilities

UKAC has compiled the first and most comprehensive database of aerodynamic testing facilities to aid the very best research.

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The Centre

Our centre in Cranfield provides a conducive environment for aerodynamic research & development for the UK's top aerodynamicists.

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Careers

Will nurture future generations of young aerodynamicists ensuring the UK maintains its wealth of world leading experts.

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Welcome to UK Aerodynamics

Welcome to the UK Aerodynamics Centre, home for developing and maintaining aerodynamic capability in the UK. The Centre is a joint venture between Government and industry to achieve a step change in aerodynamic capability and to improve the UK’s future in the aerospace sector. It is the first step of a long-term Government foresight aimed at maintaining our prominence as a leading nation in aerodynamics.

The value of the aerospace industry cannot be overstated. The UK is Europe’s number one aerospace manufacturer, second only globally to the United States. The significant effect that this has on the national economy through profits and job creation, both directly and indirectly, underpins the importance of this industry. And it is an industry which is only set to grow; by 2030 there will be an estimated global demand for approximately 27,000 new passenger aircraft potentially worth up to $3.7 trillion. This figure alone signifies how vital the aerospace sector is to the UK.

For many years the UK has been a frontrunner in aircraft manufacturing and technological advances, a legacy that dates back prior to the outbreak of the World Wars. The UK’s success on current generations of aircraft relies heavily on the investment and work conducted developing advanced technologies in the 1970’s and 1980’s. This goes some way to giving an indication of how smart and efficient investment can reap long term benefits. The UK Aerodynamics Centre is therefore endeavouring to maintain the UK’s world leading aerodynamic capability.

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£60 MILLION AEROSPACE PROJECTS CLEARED FOR TAKE OFF

27 February 2014

Seven aerospace research projects designed to keep Britain at the forefront of the global aerospace market will receive almost £60 million the Business Minister Michael Fallon has announced. The funding has been allocated from the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), which will...

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