32nd Ewing Event: The Electrification of Air Transport


Dec 4th 2019 - Dec 4th 2019

Updated 18/10/19

View of inside of AirSpace exhibit

This year’s Ewing will be on the transformation that’s starting in aerospace: the change to electrical systems and electric propulsion.

The event will cover materials, motors, aircraft, engagement and systems, with the aim of creating, developing and cementing relationships within the magnetics community throughout Europe and the UK.

It will be a full day event, with a full technical seminar of talks, followed by a drinks reception and informal dinner in the evening.

The Ewing Lecture will be given by Prof Chris Gerada of the University of Nottingham, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Industrial Strategy, Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of Electrical Machines, and lead of the university’s Power Electronics, Machines and Control group.

More information as we develop the event.


  • Mr Jeremy Tompkins, Vacuumschmelze GmbH & Co KG


The programme and timings are being finalised, but we will start around 11:00 am and finish the talks about 18:00. We’ll have a 2 hour lunchbreak to allow plenty of time to see the exhibitors and museum.

The “formal” part of the evening will run from about 18:00 to 23:00, and consist of the reception, Ewing Lecture and informal dinner.


The whole event will be held at the IWM Duxford aircraft museum near Cambridge, with the reception and dinner in the AirSpace hangar (above).


Both are being finalised and we should have announcements shortly. But we expect to have a couple of hotels in or near Cambridge for different prices ranges, and to run coach services from the hotel to the museum in the morning and back again after the dinner.


The dress code for the event is business attire / smart casual.


Neodymium Level

Samarium Level

Ferrite Level

Ceramic Level

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Aircraft Electrification – Motor Construction and Materials for High-Efficiency
by Sami Ruoho of Arnold Magnetic Technologies

Low weight and high power density are decisive targets when designing motors for electrical aircraft. These targets can be achieved by using high-performance materials in optimised arrangements. The presentation discusses high-performance SmCo and GBD-NdFeB magnet materials enabling the highest performance at elevated temperatures. It will also cover the use of laminated magnets to reduce eddy-current losses in rotors and Halbach magnet arrangements to optimize performance. To maximize the stator efficiency, the benefits of thin-gauge silicon steel will be demonstrated.

Electrical Powertrain Development for eVTOL: Challenges and Opportunities
by Niall Oswald of Vertical Aerospace

Air Race E

Phil Mellor of Bristol University

An electric tail rotor drive for helicopters

Kaiser Siddiqui of Aerospace Technology Institute

E-Fan X Hybrid-Electric Demonstrator Aircraft
by Sarabpal Bhatia of Airbus

An introduction to the what and the why of Airbus's E-Fan X project

Vacuumschmelze GmbH & Co KG

Chris Gerada of University of Nottingham


Type Standard Fee Group Discount
(3+ delegates)
Member £159.00 10%
Non-Member £199.00 10%
Member Student / Retired £69.00 10%
Non Member Student / Retired £89.00 10%
Member Exhibiting Fee - in Addition to Delegate Fee £89.00 10%
Non-Member Exhibiting Fee - in Addition to Delegate Fee £149.00 10%
Substantial group discounts for 5 or more delegates, please contact astewart@ukmagsoc.org for more details 10%
Sponsorship deals are available, please contact astewart@ukmagsoc.org to discuss 10%
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