1st Meeting of the 199th Session (2019-2020)
Professor George N. Barakos
On Monday 30th September 2019, at 7pm
The lecture covers recent advances in Aerospace Engineering and focusses on personal flying vehicles. With progress in engineering science, advanced simulation methods, high performance computers and low-cost processors aerospace engineering is entering a new era. A key technology is the electrification of flight that is now making an impact in all aspects of flying vehicles. Mainly though, it allows for the democratization of flight by opening the gates to personal aerial transportation. We are soon to see low-cost, autonomous, electric flying machines on the sky providing an additional dimension to our mobility options. The same vehicles will be used to explore remote planets scanning the horizon for a new home for humankind. Challenges and opportunities associated with personally flying machines will be discussed in detail providing insight in the way forward.
Professor George Barakos obtained his Diploma in Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens on the numerical simulation of turbulent buoyant flows. In 1994 he received a Master from the University of Ottawa, where he worked on finite element methods for non-Newtonian free surface flows.
He completed his studies in 1999 after receiving a Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UMIST, UK, working on the modelling of unsteady turbulent aerodynamic flows. He continued his career at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College as a Research Associate, working on turbomachinery flows and high-performance computing at the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre. He was appointed lecturer at the Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of Glasgow in 2001 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2003. He continued his career at the University of Liverpool where he was promoted to Reader and the Professor in 2009. Since 2015 he re-joined Glasgow University where he is currently continuing his research.
Prof Barakos is interested in CFD, parallel computing, turbulence modelling, fluid structure interaction and unsteady aerodynamic flows. The main application area of his research is in helicopter aerodynamics and aeromechanics, propellers and wind energy.
Professor Barakos is teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses on Fluid Mechanics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Aeroelasticity and Rotorcraft. He is the author of more than 300 scientific papers and a regular contributor to national and international scientific conferences. He serves with the editorial board of 4 academic journals, he is a member of several professional bodies and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.