Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Safety fast: the art of super sonic safety

13 September 2011

The Institution believes the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car (SSC) is the most exciting and dynamic engineering challenge going on today.

This project aims to reach out to young people to encourage them to pursue careers in science, engineering, technology and maths. With the support of the Institution and other sponsors the project is well placed to carry the message into classrooms and Universities that engineering is an exciting and fulfilling career option.

BLOODHOUND SSC is a project that is pushing boundaries to create an iconic project to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. In the attempt to push the land speed record to over 1000mph, an increase of over 37% from the Thrust SSC record set in 1997, they will be travelling into uncharted territory.

In the risk adverse world we live in, how can you manage risks where not only do you not know all the answers, but quite probably not even the questions? This presentation is to describe how the BLOODHOUND SSC team manage and mitigate the risks they know, but also the philosophy behind designing the car to deal with those they don’t.

Presented by Mark Chapman, Chief Engineer, Bloodhound SSC

Having graduated from Bath in ’92 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Mark has since been lucky enough to work on a wide range of projects.

However, for the main he’s been involved with aerospace projects including a couple of years out in Seattle for Boeing with their Propulsion Systems Division, and quite a portion based at Rolls Royce in Bristol. Most recently he spent nearly 4 years as part of the design team on the STOVL system for the F-35 Lightning II, the Joint Strike Fighter.

This is Mark’s first foray into the world of motorsport, apart from his own attempts at driving a rally car – he managed to convince his wife (after a little wine or two) that for their honeymoon it would be a great idea to enter a Lancia Stratos’ replica into the London-Athens World Cup rally, which was, to say the least, character forming – just don’t mention Albania.



: Mark Chapman, Bloodhound

Duration: 1hour 20 mins