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The Hovercraft

Hovercraft are now used throughout the world for many applications, but it all began with the work of Christopher Cockerell, an inventive Peterhouse Engineer.  Through a combination of theory and experiment, Cockerell applied his principle of the ‘momentum curtain’ to trap high-pressure air within the skirt and provide the high-efficiency lift. 

The application of both theory and experiment remains central to our undergraduate engineering course and a valuable foundation for any engineering career.

By Phillip Capper from Wellington, New Zealand (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons