Date of release: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Emirates Aviation Experience (EAE) based in North Greenwich has approached the Department of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Design Engineering (MMDE) at University of Greenwich to develop a scale model of the Airbus A380 for educational purposes. The model will consist of independent connecting parts to create a unique and fun learning tool.

It will be light weight, durable, easy to assemble and disassemble, allowing both a kinesthetic and interesting education experience. Some of the parts of the model will be removable whilst others will be moveable. This model will be used primarily for both Key Stage 2 and 3 Science programmes within the exhibition. It will also be used as an aid for Key Stage 4 and Further Education groups as a simple way of understanding the different structural elements within a modern aircraft.

Students on the final year of the MEng Mechanical Engineering degree will undertake this project as part of their Group Design Make and Test course. The students will be using the extensive manufacturing facilities available at Medway, including 3D printing in this project.

Pictures: Shows the first visit by the students to discuss the project with the EAE. Here they also practiced their take-off and landing skills in an A380 Airbus simulator and saw their Rolls Royce LEGO® Engine, a half scale model of a Rolls Royce Trent-800 engine made from 165,000 Lego bricks.

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More details for the Emirates Aviation Experience can be seen here: