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Andrew Rae


  • 34 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
1989 …2017

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Personal profile

Research expertise

Areas of interest

Aircraft and vehicle aerodynamics, aircraft design, wind tunnel testing, flight testing. Hydrogen-powered aircraft design, wind tunnel test techniques (including noise measurement, pressure sensitive paint and particle image velocimetry) and motorsport aerodynamics, including current work for the Sahara Force India Formula 1 team.


Andrew Rae graduated from Imperial College in 1987 and joined the High-Lift Section of the Aerodynamics Department at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough. His activities there concentrated on the physics of multi-element aerofoils, largely but not exclusively for civil aircraft, including Reynolds number effects and wake vorticity. Based at the 5m Pressurised Wind Tunnel at Farnborough he was involved in the development and application of wind tunnel corrections and test techniques. He has managed tests at over 30 other major facilities in seven countries and worked on projects for Airbus, Boeing and several Formula 1 teams. He was Deputy Chairman of the Technical & Scientific Board of the European Wind Tunnel Association (EWA) and within this framework was the focus for wind tunnel correction and advanced simulation methodologies.


He was a QinetiQ Approved Technical Authority and, as such, the signatory for the aerodynamics clearance of flight test aircraft (including E-3D Sentry, BAC 1-11, Canberra, Andover, Nimrod, Hercules, Jaguar, Tornado, Sea King, Chinook and Lynx) modified to accommodate trials or upgrade equipment. He became a QinetiQ Fellow in 2008 for his contribution to applied and experimental aerodynamics. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Smart Fixed-Wing Aircraft element of the EC Clean Skies programme aimed at the flight testing of flow and loads control technologies.


He has worked on many non-aeronautical applications including road and rail transport, wind engineering and sport.


He is currently Professor of Engineering responsible for engineering research and strategy across the University’s partners, and holds a personal Chair as Professor of Experimental and Applied Aerodynamics. He is Director of the Centre for Advanced Engineering at Perth College UHI, is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society's Aerodynamics Specialist Group and an External Examiner at Cranfield University for the MSc in Military Aerospace and Airworthiness. He is a Visiting Professor at Zhengzhou Institute of Aviation Management and was, until recently, a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Engineering Design in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Surrey University.


Research Output

  • 34 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 27 Commissioned report
  • 3 Paper
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The Creation of Airline Services in the Northern and Western Isles of Scotland - Impact and Legacy

Rae, A., 2017, The New Coastal History: Cultural and Environmental Perspectives from Scotland and Beyond. Worthington, D. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 181-196 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Observations of potential FOD mechanisms for Eurofighter Typhoon

Rae, A., Jan 2008, QinetiQ.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

FOD Trials on Tornado GR.4

Rae, A., 2006, QinetiQ.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Low speed wind tunnel tests on the 1303 UCAV concept

Rae, A., 2006.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

28 Citations (Scopus)

AVERT - Aerodynamic Validation of Emission Reducing Technologies

Rae, A., 2005, European Commission.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


  • 10 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Invited talk

Advanced Wind Tunnel Boundary Simulations

Andrew Rae (Member of programme committee)


Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Higher Education Partnership Sub-Saharan Africa Programme

Andrew Rae (Invited speaker)


Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

• 2nd International Conference on Design Engineering and Science 2017

Andrew Rae (Member of programme committee)


Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Engineering education in a distributed university

Andrew Rae (Speaker)

27 Sep 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Royal Aeronautical Society - CFD and MDO: State of the Art and the Future

Andrew Rae (Member of programme committee)


Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference