Dr Kaven Naidoo

KNaidoo_Novel technologies for streamlined aeronautical systems research and development

Dr Kaven Naidoo
Naidoo manages aeronautics systems at the CSIR. He has a PhD with a specialisation in supersonic aerodynamics and has been active in the field of computational and experimental aerodynamics since 1999. He recently completed the Executive National Security Programme at the South African National Defence College.

He is currently the CSIR’s representative and research and development chair on the Joint Aerospace Steering Committee chaired jointly by the Departments of Science and Technology (DST) and Trade and Industry (the dti). Naidoo is also leading the development of an aerostructures roadmap for advanced manufacturing on behalf of DST.

Since 1999, he has led various computational and experimental programmes for the Department of Defence and Denel Dynamics. These include the development and validation of simulation methods for a risk assessment on the Oryx Helicopter, as well as countermeasure system development for the Rooivalk Attack Helicopter.

About the talk: In the current global economic climate, aerospace and defence budgets globally are increasingly under pressure, with a resulting need to optimise resources. Research and development budgets are constrained and more complex problems have to be solved in shorter time-scales.

Naidoo’s talk will present a range of novel technologies developed at the CSIR. These technologies are applicable to the future development, acquisition and operation of commercial aircraft, unmanned systems, missile systems and fighter aircraft and include modern aerodynamic design and analysis methods, as well as more efficient testing and evaluation technologies in the subsonic, transonic and supersonic flight regimes.

The talk will present details of these methods and results from the application of these methods to operational systems and validation with flight test data.

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