Staff from Swansea University’s College of Engineering completed a tour of South East Asia earlier this month, as part of their Swansea University/Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) World Tour.
Adam Jones and David Naumann visited six cities across Malaysia and Indonesia to visit schools, colleges, and universities and delivered educational talks and activity sessions to around 1,000 students aged 16-22 years old on the 1,000mph (1,609km/h) BLOODHOUND SSC.
Swansea University’s primary role in the BLOODHOUND SSC initiative has been the contribution of its world-leading expertise in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), with College of Engineering researchers working as part of the design team on the aerodynamic design of the supersonic car.
At INTI International College Penang, Malaysia, more than 200 high school and undergraduate students attended two sessions delivered on the eve of their Malaysia Day national celebrations.
And more than 150 students packed out the sports hall at INTI International College Subang, Kuala Lumpur.
In all sessions, students learned about the history of the World Land Speed Record and previous attempts, including Thrust SSC; discussed the considerations and difficulties of designing and building a Supersonic Car; learned about the aerodynamics of a Supersonic Car; and could put themselves in the shoes of BLOODHOUND SSC driver Andy Green and experience what it looks like from the cockpit of a supersonic car.
In Jakarta, Indonesia, more than 200 students welcomed Adam and David at Krida Wacana Christian University for a Bloodhound SSC educational seminar and lunch, with leading staff from the University.
At the event in Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Yogyakarta, students and visitors had the opportunity to pose for photos with a giant Bloodhound SSC poster, following an educational seminar delivered to more than 100 students.
The tour finished with an event at Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS), in Surabaya, Indonesia, where 250 students enjoyed an educational session.
The tour’s organiser Adam Jones, from Swansea University’s College of Engineering, said: “We came to South East Asia to spread the word about the Bloodhound SSC project and how it represents everything that’s great about British engineering and to hopefully inspire the next generation of engineers from the region.
“The welcome that we received was overwhelming, and the enthusiasm and excitement shown by young students at each event was a pleasure to see.
“The global reach and impact that Bloodhound SSC and Swansea University has is something that we work very hard for, and to see young men and women engaged and enjoying learning about engineering reinforced that it is certainly worth it.”
- Wednesday 21 September 2016 01.00 BST
- Thursday 22 September 2016 14.55 BST
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