Flight simulator
Wind Tunnel
Jet engine

Meet Beth, PhD and MEng Aerospace Engineering

Flight simulator

The Merlin MPX521 Engineering Flight Simulator at Swansea provides the highest degree of sophistication with its unique 3D visualisation capability combined with the latest software and rotary wing module.

Watch videos of our students talking about their experience studying Aerospace at Swansea University and see the flight simulator in action.

Wind tunnel

The aerospace engineering facilities will include a brand new, custom built £1.2million wind tunnel facility, provided by ATE Aerotech, which will be used in aerodynamic research to study the effects of air moving past solid objects.

The new wind tunnel will be 18m long x 7m tall x 5m wide, and will weigh 50 tonnes. The test section will be 1.5m wide by 1m tall, with wind speeds up to 50m/s (112 mph). Compared to the original Swansea University wind tunnel, it will have three times the test section area, twice the wind speed, and will generate four times as much dynamic pressure on the test models.

Read more about it here.

Jet engine

The College houses a fully instrumented JetCat P120 engine that is used for teaching and for research projects, ranging from thermodynamic experiments to instrumentation and bio-fuel diversity.

External facilities

Strategic use of external facilities is made to complement what is done in-house.

Part of the study will take the students to one of the local airports where they will gain hands-on flying experience.

Workshop training is carried out at the International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT) which is a facility for the EASA part 147 00.0020 approved training and EASA approved examinations. In this environment the students get the opportunity to obtain a taste of working in an aerospace engineering workshop and of real hands-on aircraft maintenance.

In the second year, students will take part in flying classroom lessons in a fully instrumented, twin turboprop Jetstream plane at Cranfield. This exercise is then followed up using the in-house flight simulator, giving the students the opportunity to understand flight mechanics and the very powerful link between ‘real’ flight and simulation.