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Kelly Ó Móráin - Bloodhound SSC: 0 to 1000 mph in 40 seconds!!

We were very pleased to present an up-to-date talk on the Bloodhound SSC Land Speed Record project. It hardly seemed possible that it was over four years since the amazing evening we had with Richard Noble.

It also continued our tradition of giving ladies a platform when they excel in an activity where the majority of the participants are gentlemen! See also: Cat Thompson (Aeronautical Engineer & Navigator); Gail Hill (Racing Driver) and Anna Walker (Hurricane Pilot)
Kelly Ó Móráin
Building The Lower Chassis
Building The Lower Chassis
Kelly Ó Móráin is a Senior Design Engineer with the Bloodhound SSC Team.

After graduating, Kelly spent several years as a Mechanical Engineering Designer for an international company working on large water control systems.

She then moved into Aerospace, working on R & D projects such as the Airbus wing. Each of these jobs involved both metal and composite structures.

Her work on Bloodhound SSC has (so far!) included the fin, the fuel tanks and the air brakes.
Supersonic Airflow Representation
Supersonic Airflow Representation
Tail Fin Structure
Tail Fin Structure
The Bloodhound SSC is unlike anything we have seen before, with a supersonic air intake and a very smart suspension system. At an acceleration rate of 100 mph per second it will reach 1000 mph in just 40 seconds. It will be powered by both a jet (90 kN / 40000 hp) and a rocket (120 kN / 27500 lbs thrust), and its auxiliary engine (for pumping, starting, etc.) is a racing V12 producing 800 bhp, and with an Oxfordshire pedigree!

Apart from reaching 1000 mph, a primary objective is to use this iconic project to enable students to join in the adventure, and thus create a national surge in the popularity of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In other words to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers!

You yourself can share in this amazing project: visit the Bloodhound SSC Web Site and join the 1K Supporters' Club! While you're there, explore the detail of the astonishing challenges in design, propulsion, materials, aerodynamics and not least, safety. You'll also find that the "Firechase" vehicle is, guess what, a supercharged Jaguar XJ! BloodhoundSSC
Land Speed Records
The first (non rail) record was 39 mph in 1898, but by 1906 cars were going faster than trains! The dates when the following landmark speeds were exceeded were:

       100 mph   1904        200 mph   1927        300 mph   1935        400 mph   1963
       500 mph   1964        600 mph   1965        700 mph   1997
Hybrid Rocket Firing
Hybrid Rocket Firing
If you visit www.BloodhoundSSC.com, you'll find dozens of pictures and videos, together with lots of information about the car, the project, the educational programme, and how you can get involved.

If you don't have time for anything else, read about the tortuous path followed by Ben Evans as he has learnt about the aerodynamics over the last six years: www.BloodhoundSSC.com/news/path-predictability.

There is also still a lot of interesting information on the old Thrust SSC Web Site, including a whole page about the Jaguar XJR Firechase Fire & Rescue Vehicle. This has to carry 350kg, part of which is a 200 litre foam tank in place of the back seat! Visit www.ThrustSSC.com/thrustssc/contents_frames.html, and click on "The Technology" and then "Engineering" or "Equipment".
Testing Rig
The Engine In addition you may like to visit the following Wikipedia links:

       Date      mph        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
       1983      633        Thrust2
       1997      763        ThrustSSC
       2006      350        JCB_Dieselmax
       2011    1000        Bloodhound_SSC

    Richard_Noble     Andy_Green     Daniel_Jubb

    Land_Speed_Record     Filton_Aerodrome     Coventry_Transport_Museum

    Computational_Fluid_Dynamics     Air_brake_(aircraft)

For the local Oxfordshire firm responsible for the V12 visit: www.mctuk.com/news2.html


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Date:14 April 2016

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