7 Tuesday 07 October Conference

4th Aircraft Structural Design Conference

The Royal Aeronautical Society's 4th Aircraft Structural Design Conference, undertaken with the support of Queen's University Belfast, will address the challenges facing the designers of the next generation of aircraft. These challenges arise because the new designs will need to meet strict environmental constraints, be subject to ever increasing pressures to reduce manufacturing and life-cycle costs, and provide continual improvements in overall performance/efficiency factors. The resulting aircraft will be complex, requiring multi-disciplinary design approaches and solutions in a distributed design environment.

The 4th Aircraft Structural Design Conference is hosted by Queens University Belfast which is internationally recognised as a leading university devoted to teaching and research in engineering, with particular expertise in aeronautical engineering. More information on the venue and host city can be found in the documents at the bottom of this page.

The call for papers for this conference is now closed and a full programme of speakers can be viewed here.  Papers will cover current research focused on the design and manufacture of future civil and military air-vehicle structures, both manned and uninhabited. This includes consideration of innovative forms and design scenarios, together with the challenges resulting from considering the complete aircraft life-cycle from initial concept to final disposal. The design and analysis of structures constructed from CFRP and novel materials is a major topic area for the conference.

These challenges need complex and innovative design solutions that often require the use of interdisciplinary and dynamically interactive design methods. In addition, today's design teams are multinational, being distributed across the globe, and the computational methods must be able to support a distributed work environment. The control of such complexity in the designs and the design process is a major issue that the conference wishes to address.

Registration fees

Registration is now open for this conference.  The registration rates are:

  • Non-Member: £675 + VAT
  • RAeS Corporate Partner (inc. Armed Forces): £555 + VAT
  • RAeS Member: £475 + VAT
  • CEAS Member: £475 + VAT
  • Speakers (early bird rate): £400 + VAT [expires 29 August]
  • Speakers: £450 + VAT
  • Session Chairmen / Committee: £270 + VAT
  • RAeS Baseline Member: £270 + VAT
  • RAeS Student Member: £155 + VAT

Members of Composites UK are entitled to a 10% discount on the RAeS Member and Non-Member rates.  To make use of this deal please call the Conference and Events Department on 020 7670 4343 or email laura.dowling@aerosociety.com 

Networking Events

A number of networking events have been arranged for this conference:

  • Monday: Pre-registration networking evening at The Crown Liquor Saloon in Belfast (free to attend, registration is appreciated but not essential)
  • Tuesday: Evening drinks reception at Queen's University Belfast (free to attend, registration is appreciated but not essential)
  • Wednesday: Conference banquet at The Titanic Belfast Museum (free to attend, registration is essential, transport will be provided)
  • Thursday: Technical Tours to Thales, the NIACE Center and Bombardier Aerospace (free to attend, places are limited and registration is essential, transport will be provided)*
  • Friday: Morning sightseeing tour to Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Distillery (Tickets are £25 + VAT each, registration is essential, transport will be provided, friends and family are welcome)

*Please note that all  the technical tours on Thursday are now sold out.

To find out more information about these events please see the conference programme here.  To book a place at any of these events please select the relevant 'event option' when registering for the conference.  To book a place on the Friday sightseeing tour for friends and family please either select the 'guest ticket' under event options, or contact the Conference and Events Department on +44 (0)20 7670 4345 or conference@aerosociety.com

Directions and Local Accommodation

The conference will take place in Riddel Hall at Queen's University Belfast.  To find out how to get there click here.  A map of the University can be found here and details of local accommodation can be found here.

Please note that some versions of the programme brochure do not have the correct address listed for the conference venue.  The full address is:

Riddel Hall
Queen’s University
185 Stranmillis Road

Have you been invited to present a paper on your aerospace-related research at an international conference but lack the funds to do so? Find out how the Royal Aeronautical Society may be able to assist you here

There are a range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available at this conference.  To view the packages please click here.








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Event venue:
Queens University

Riddel Hall, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast, BT9 5EE


When:Tuesday, 07 October 2014 09:00 - Thursday, 09 October 2014 17:00


Specialist Grp:Structures and Materials

Location:Queens University view map

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