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  8. IET / Caridff University Lecture Thunderbolts & Lightning – are they really frightening?

IET / Caridff University Lecture Thunderbolts & Lightning – are they really frightening?

Date: Tuesday 4th December 2012

Time: 01:00 PM to 03:30 PM

Location : Main Lecture Theatre, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF24 3AA. Time: 1pm

Cost : Free

Paraphrasing that famous line from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Research Engineer and science broadcaster Rhys Phillips will look at the phenomenon of lightning.

In a light hearted and informative lecture, Rhys will explain the processes which lead to a lightning strike, the different types of lightning that can exist and the different characteristics that lightning possesses. He will then move on to show what happens to aircraft when they are hit by lightning and outline the engineering techniques in place to prevent damage during these occurrences.

Using demonstrations and videos, this talk will also give the audience a chance to see exactly what happens in a lightning lab and will end with a battle between Father Christmas and Frosty the Snowman – which can better withstand a lightning strike? There’s only one way to find out...

The event is jointly organised by the Wales South East network of The Institution of Engineering and Technology and The School of Engineering, Cardiff University and is presented by Rhys Phillips, a Research Engineer for EADS Innovation Works UK, where he works in a team developing new methods of lightning strike protection for composite aircraft. 

Places are limited and will be in demand. The nearest rail station is Queen Street Station. There is some limited parking on-site that can be offered for large groups. If you wish to reserve a place please contact me at with your details and how many pupils you wish to bring. We’re looking forward to seeing you in December.