On 12 March 2015, the Department of Mechanical Engineering hosted a public seminar on the topic of “Risks or Opportunities? Examining Runway Design and Operation” on PolyU campus. The seminar attracted over 380 participants from industry, government bodies, university and secondary school students as well as the general public.
As a knowledge transfer platform, the seminar is purposed to introduce the airport runway design from an Engineering perspective, and to enhance the understanding of the constraints on construction of a new runway and its air traffic movement figures.
The speaker Prof. Alan KT Lau of the ME Department shared with audience his in-depth knowledge on the recent aviation development in Asia Pacific region and the relation between characteristics of different airplanes and the airport runway design with considerations of safety issues. Some technical factors influencing the runway design, such as atmospheric conditions, human factors, types of airplanes, airplane induced turbulent flows, maintenance schedule on the runways, required landing and takeoff distances, locations of handover points, disruption managements and common types of airplane accidents, were also discussed.