Cambridge Ground Running Enclosure

World’s Largest 4-Sided Ground Run-up Enclosure

Project Details

Location: Cambridge Airport
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Project: Ground Run Enclosure
Owner: Marshall Aerospace & Defence Group
  • Challenging acoustics
  • Tight conformance to applicable regulations
  • Challenging aerodynamics

Marshall Aerospace required a 4-sided ground run-up enclosure capable of accommodating both commercial aircraft (up to B747-8) and military aircraft (primarily C-130). One of the most complex challenges of this project included proving that the ground running of C-130J aircraft in the GRE would not impose additional stress into the propellers due to the presence of the GRE acoustic walls. BDI had the unique privilege of working directly with Marshall Aerospace and Dowty Propellers, and successfully leverage available industry knowledge along with BDI’s extensive in-house CFD experience, to achieve groundbreaking results that ultimately gained approval by all parties. Results produced by the CFD analyses were later validated using practical field testing.

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