BLOODHOUND chief engineer to inspire young engineers

Issue date: 14 March 2011


Chief engineer of the BLOODHOUND supersonic car project Mark Chapman and rocket specialist Daniel Jubb will give an inspirational first-hand account of the technical challenges overcome so far at an evening lecture on 16 March at the University of the West of England.

A full size model of the car will be on display at UWE to schools and regional businesses as part of National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW).

Young engineers and scientists of the future will be able to find out about progress on the Bristol-based project to reach 1000mph and break the current land-speed record of 763mph. After three years of preparation, work has just begun on assembling the jet and rocket-powered vehicle in the Bloodhound's headquarters in the Bristol docklands next to the SS Great Britain.

UWE is a founder partner of the BLOODHOUND Project led by Richard Noble, a previous world land-speed record holder. The project is using the challenges of designing, building and running the car to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists and mathematicians.

A range of specialist firms with expertise in Formula One and aerospace are involved in making parts of the structure of the car. Bloodhound's chief engineer Mark Chapman said moving from the design stage to construction was a great moment for the Bloodhound team.

"After three years of working on a virtual car, Hampson, Cosworth, ACG and our other technical partners are helping us make it a reality at last," he said.

The vehicle will be 13.4 metres in length, 2 metres wide and weigh 6.4 tonnes. It will be powered by a Eurojet EJ200 jet engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon delivering 20,000lbs thrust and a Falcon hybrid rocket delivering 27,000lbs thrust. Rocket scientist Daniel Jubb of The Falcon Project Ltd will describe his work on BLOODHOUND's hybrid rocket, which is due to be test-fired for the first time this summer.

Dr Claire Rocks from UWE said, “During the day over 100 students from the local area will be able to see the show car for themselves and find out how studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects could lead to fascinating careers on projects such as the Bloodhound car.”

Placement student Hywel Vaughan said, “Bloodhound was more than just a placement; it was a once in a lifetime experience. I worked across all areas of the team from events to engineering, and managed to see up close how dynamic and exciting a project can be when done in the right way. It gave me a huge opportunity to learn; not just about science or education, but about myself - it has changed my whole attitude towards work and the possibilities it holds. It was and still is a fantastic project, and I am both privileged and honoured to be able to say I have been a part of it.

UWE also co-ordinates the flagship Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) involving collaboration with around twenty BLOODHOUND sponsors. KTPs are a three-way partnership enabling businesses to address strategic projects and gain skills and knowledge by working with universities and recent graduates.

The aim is for the supersonic car to attempt to create a new world landspeed record in 2012 or 2013. UK runway tests will start next year and the record attempt will take place on a dried-out lake bed in South Africa, a site chosen with the aid of NASA. The man behind the wheel will be RAF fighter pilot Andy Green, who holds the current land-speed record of 763mph.
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The University of the West of England, Bristol, is a founder sponsor of the BLOODHOUND Project and is involved in many aspects of the project as well as leading a Higher Education programme: BLOODHOUND@University.

Businesses interested in taking part in the BLOODHOUND KTP programme can contact bloodhoundktp@uwe.ac.uk

For more information on UWE's involvement with Bloodhound visit http://www.uwe.ac.uk/aboutUWE/bloodhound

FFI: Jane Kelly or Mary Price, Press Officers

BRISTOL UWE

Tel: 0117 32 82208

E-mail: Jane.Kelly@uwe.ac.ukor Mary.Price@uwe.ac.uk

 

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