Aircraft Icing


AeroTex UK LLP

Established in 2002, initially as an aircraft icing consultancy. In 2010 AeroTex expanded into structures, dynamics and later aeroelastics. Internationally reconsigned, AeroTex UK undertakes work for a diverse range of customers. AeroTex has developed a number of bespoke codes for aircraft icing analysis which are used in-house by our consultants as well as licensed outside. AeroTex dynamics and structures consultants are FEA experts in Nastran, particularly NX Nastran and FEMAP.

Our Consultants

Roger Gent

FRAeS, FInstP, CPhys, FIMA
Roger has over 35 years experience in aircraft icing, and 23 years experience in rotorcraft air vehicle performance assessment, mostly as an employee of QinetiQ/DERA/DRA/RAE. He joined AeroTex in May 2007. He was responsible for developing the first generation icing codes, such as TRAJICE2, used widely within the Aerospace Industry in the UK. His experience covers design, analysis, icing wind tunnel testing, and flight test, as well as icing instrumentation. He has extensive experience in both military icing Release to Service (RTS) and civil icing certification programmes, with icing experience from Typhoon, C130J, ASTOR, MRA4, A400M, Phoenix, Watch Keeper, and Merlin, Chinook, Lynx, Puma and Apache helicopter icing release programmes. He is recognised internationally as a world icing expert and has organised and chaired sessions in many well respected icing symposia. Publications include the Royal Society.

Richard Moser

ARAeS, MEng (Hons)
Richard has been involved in aircraft icing for over 17 years, working on a wide range of projects, including fundamental research (Super-cooled Large Droplets, SLD), civil jet transports (Boeing 787) and rotorcraft (Merlin and Apache). He has been heavily involved in both the development and application of several icing codes (2D and 3D), and has taken part in many icing wind tunnel test campaigns, including acting as Trials Manager, in some of the worlds major icing test facilities. He has also participated in natural icing flight trials for the Merlin and Apache helicopters. Richard is recognised internationally within the aircraft icing world, having organised and chaired sessions for both AIAA and SAE conferences.

Colin Hatch

Colin has worked in the field of structural dynamics, vibration and dynamic testing for over 30 years, mostly as an employee of QinetiQ/DERA/DRA/RAE, but has been with AeroTex since April 2010. He has been involved with modelling and testing a wide range of items from satellite structures, avionics systems, full aircraft, scaffolding structures, hand tools and composite rotor blades. He was responsible for the active and passive dynamic design of a series of model rotor blades in an MOD funded programme aimed at reducing through life costs and improving performance. He was also responsible for modelling work in a research programme for the CAA/DTI/DoT, as a result of the Lockerbie incident, involving the analysis of internal explosions on aircraft structures. He has experience of analysis types ranging from harmonic and normal modes analysis through to highly non-linear rapid transient events. He has been widely used by the MOD to provide advice on vibration and dynamic related issues. He has represented the UK in organising and chairing collaborative programmes of work within Europe and is recognised and well respected within the rotorcraft community.

Ian Roberts

PhD, MEng(Hons), MRAeS
Ian has over 15 years of experience in the field of aeroelastics, structural dynamics and mathematical methods. Prior to joining AeroTex in 2011 he worked at both BAE Systems and QinetiQ. He was awarded the BAE Systems Chairman’s Award for Innovation for the application of novel methods to reduce analysis time for non-linear aeroelastic problems. At QinetiQ Ian was the Lead Engineer in the Aerospace Consulting Practice and also the Functional Lead for Loads and Aeroelastics. He has worked for and with a range of companies and organisations including: MOD, Airbus, BAE Systems, Agusta-Westland, DLR, ONERA and MBDA. In addition he has developed a wide range of computational codes for mesh movement, design space mapping/optimisation, aeroelastic analysis and structural optimisation.


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