IMechE Christmas Lecture 2016: Thunderbolts and lightning - are they really frightening?
Rhys Philips, science broadcaster and Airbus Group Research Engineer
Thursday 8 December 2016, 18.30 - 20.00, Alumni Auditorium, The Forum
Rhys Philips, science broadcaster and Research Engineer at Airbus Group Innovations will be hosting a family-friendly evening of thunder, lightning, and aircraft on 8 December 2016.
This event is suitable for attendees of all ages.
Venues and information
Venue: Alumni Auditorium, The Forum, Streatham Campus
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About the presentation
Paraphrasing that famous line from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Research Engineer and science broadcaster Rhys Phillips will look at the phenomenon of lightning.
In a lighthearted and informative talk, Rhys will explain the processes which lead to a lightning strike and the different types of lightning that can exist. He will then move on to show what happens to aircraft when they are hit by lightning and explain how we protect against damage from this.
Using hands-on demonstrations and videos, this talk will also give the audience a chance to see exactly what happens in our lightning lab and answer the question that everyone is asking – who can survive a lightning strike best – Santa or Frosty the Snowman?!
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18.30 - Tea and coffee reception
19.00 - Talk starts
19.45 - Question and answer session
20.00 - End of event
Biography - Rhys Philips
Rhys is a research engineer at Airbus Group Innovations where he has worked since 2009. He is part of the Lightning & Electrostatics team. The team research new ways of protecting the next generation of aircraft against lightning strike damage as well as investigating the fundamental electrostatic environment during fuel tank filling scenarios.
Rhys takes on project management responsibilities within the team, is responsible for Airbus Group Innovations’ Communications Plan, coordinates on site professional registration workshops for fellow engineers and co-chairs the group’s cross divisional working group on Electro-structural Composite technologies. Rhys also represents Airbus Group on the National Centre for Universities Future Leaders Network.
For more information on Rhys please visit www.rhysphillips.co.uk.