UWTSD proud to present The Science of Speed!


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s School of Engineering spent the weekend hosting a range of activities at The Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix 2018 in Cardiff this year.

Photo from event

The main event hosted by the School of Engineering was called ‘The Science of Speed,’ which was hosted in the fanzone on City Hall Lawn. Participants were be able to take an in-depth look at the maths and science of motorcycle dynamics using Road-Race and Speedway machinery whilst getting up-close to a working bike from the track.

Professor Michael Fernando is the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing, and Engineering. He said: “The Faculty is extremely proud to present “The Science of Speed” event in the SGP fanzone. We develop engineers who work with cutting edge technology in the motorsport industry. It is an excellent opportunity for our budding engineers to interact with the speedway community, mutual sharing of knowledge and be an inspiration for the next generation of motorsport engineers." 

Roger Dowden, Director of Motorsport at UWTSD, said: “This was the first time we have taken a stand at the Fanzone so we are really looking forward to it. We had experts on hand to demonstrate the technology and science behind the extreme performance of racing motorcycles - comparing the widely different requirements of speedway and circuit racing motorcycles. With fully built machines and the major components that go to make them up on the stand, visitors were able to get a real insight into this fascinating subject”

The 20-minute sessions had one bike of each type on display. The presenter for the session analysed and explained the differences, using on-board video and data logging to supplement the presentation, which will include the technical aspects of powertrain, cornering, data acquisition, and transmission.

The British FIM Speedway Grand Prix is an annual World Championship event that has been held in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium since 2001. It welcomes riders from all over the world to the city to compete in this prestigious event as part of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.

UWTSD’s School of Engineering is part of the university’s Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, a multidisciplinary, STEM-based faculty based in Swansea that covers architecture, automotive, motorcycle and motorsport engineering, construction, computing, electronics, environmental management, logistics, mechanical and manufacturing engineering.

Further Information

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