Timings couldn't have been better; with the parents in the country for Cheltenham week and an Engineer graduate - come - trainee pilot with a rare night off on this very date, not only could I enjoy the aesthetics of 'The Art of Aero' collection, but I could appreciate the technicalities behind every stroke created via Computer Aided Design (CAD).
Physics is made more accessible as engineering meets art in these incredibly striking and once confidential works. They are Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) images, used to show how the airflow around a car can be simulated.
Please refer to the above image as I quote my friend on the accompanying facts:
'The streamlines represent air flow. They highlight the laminar and turbulent flow created by the structure of the F1 car as it moves. Any vortices produced by the car's shape in testing show signs of parasitic, profile, form or induced drag. This helps the Williams team develop and perfect their project."
The exhibition ended on March 31st but the images are still available to purchase from Mark Ransom online or enquire in the gallery on Pimlico Road.