Ian Cheeseman Award


Ian Cheeseman was born in Andover, Hampshire (UK) on June 12th 1926. He was taught mathematics at grammar school by Mr Ozipof, a Russian wartime expatriate, who inspired Ian’s interest. Ian’s career started in the Royal Air Force (RAF) which he joined at the very end of the war. He worked on radar maintenance and travelled to various bomber bases. It is at this point that he developed a love of flying.
On leaving the RAF in 1947 and being particularly adept at Mathematics and Science, he went up to University at Imperial College, London to read Mathematics.
He pursued his studies gaining his doctorate in Nuclear Physics and, on leaving University in 1951 Ian managed to follow his love of aviation. His first job was at Vickers Supermarine in Portsmouth followed by two years at the Aeroplane and Armaments Establishment at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire. In 1956 his career changed back to his doctoral subject by joining the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston.
His work within the rotary wing world started when he joined the National Gas Turbine Establishment close to the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough.
He worked on different projects but, probably, the most famous was the blown cylinder rotor which had its lift varied by means of blowing through slots in the cylindrical rotor blades. He then joined the Aeronautics Department at the University of Southampton in 1969 where he became Westland Professor of
Helicopter Engineering. He supervised many students for their doctorate and taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Ian was always enthusiastic about projects he worked on and encouraged a forward thinking approach. He possessed a confidence to overcome obstacles using the favourite phrase: “The impossible we do at once – miracles take a little longer.”

Whilst at Southampton University, Ian Cheeseman in 1975 organised the inaugural European Rotorcraft Forum. This annual event continues to this day through the dedication of the national representatives, supporting organisations, authors and audiences.

Below you will find an overview of the previous Cheeseman Best Paper Awards

ERF Year / Place Winner Paper Title
42 2016 Lille Sascha Schneider, Airbus Helicopters, Deutschland GmbH BLUECOPTER™ demonstrator: The state-of-the art in low noise design
41 2015 Munich Dr. Marius Bebesel, Airbus Helicopters Bluecopter demonstrator – an approach to eco-efficient helicopter design
40 2014 Southampton Joon Lim, US Army Aviation Development Directorate Consideration of structural constraints in passive rotor blade design for improved performance
39 2013 Moscow Marilena Pavel, Delft University of Technology Adverse rotorcraft-pilot couplings – modelling and prediction of rigid body RPC
38 2012 Amsterdam Thorben Schönenberg, DLR Handling qualities studies into the interaction between active sidestick parameters and helicopter response types
37 2011 Gallarate Gilles Joubert, ONERA Investigation of dynamic stall control by deployable vortex generator using time-resolved PIV analysis and URANS computations
36 2010 Paris Yuri Nikiskov, Georgia Institute of Technology Finite element-based damage tolerance methods for aircraft composites
35 2009 Hamburg Manfred Imiela, DLR High-fidelity optimization framework for helicopter rotors
34 2008 Liverpool Pierre Spiegel, DLR Aeroacoustic flight test data analysis and guidelines for noise-abatement-procedure design and piloting
33 2007 Kazan H. Marze, M. Gervais, P. Martin, P. Dupont, Eurocopter Acoustic flight test of the EC130 B4 in the scope of the Friendcopter Project
32 2006 Maastricht Uwe T.P. Arnold, Daniel Fuerst, ZFL, Tom Neuheuser, Hamburg University, Rainer Bartels, DLR Development of an integrated electrical swashplateless primary and individual blade control system
31 2005 Florence C.L. Bottasso, L. Riviello, Politecnico di Milano Rotorcraft trim by a neural model predictive autopilot
30 2004 Marseille
29 2003 Friedrichshafen P. Cranga, T. Krysinski, H. Strehlow, Eurocopter GAHEL: General code for helicopter dynamics
28 2002 Bristol R. E. Brown, Glasgow University, J. G. Leishman, University of Maryland, S. J. Newman, F. J. Perry Blade twis effects on rotor behaviour in the vortex ring state
27 2001 Moscow V. Anikin, V. Leontiev, Central Aerohudrodynamic Institute (TsAGI), KAMOV Company Nonlinear mathematical model of helicopter motion
26 2000 The Hague
25 1999 Rome R. Pezzoni
24 1998 Marseille E. Berton, D. Favier, C. Maresca Experimental and numerical investigations of dynamic stall at IRPHE/ASI laboratory
23 1997 Dresden M. Hamers, W. von Grünhagen, DLR Dynamic engine model integrated in helicopter simulation
22 1996 Brighton Pierre-Marie Basset, ONERA Modeling of the dynamic inflow on the main rotor and the tail components in helicopter flight mechanics
21 1995 St. Petersburg
20 1994 Amsterdam
19 1993 Cernobbio
18 1992 Avignon
17 1991 Berlin H. Rapp and R. Wörndle, ECD Influence of cross section variations on the structural behaviour of composite rotor blades
16 1990 Glasgow K.H. Fu and J. Kaletka, DLR Frequency domain identification of BO 105 derivative models with rotor degrees of freedom
15 1989 Amsterdam A.E. Staple, Westland Helicopters Ltd. An evaluation of active control of structural response as a means of reducing helicopter vibration
14 1988 Milano B. Guimbal, Aerospatiale Design, evaluation and proof-of-concept flights of a main rotor interblade viscoelastic damping system
13 1987 Arles A. Desopper, P. Lafon, J.J. Philippe, J. Prieur, ONERA Effect of an anhedral swept back tip on the performance of a helicopter rotor
remark: Since 1987 the Best Paper Award was called Cheeseman Award after Ian Cheeseman (explicitly mentioned in the CfP of the 13th ERF).
12 1986 Garmisch-Partenkirchen R. Müller, RWTH Aachen The influence of winglets on rotor aerodynamics
11 1985 London B. Enenkl and V. Klöppel, MBB Design verification and flight testing of a bearingless soft inplane tail rotor
10 1984 The Hague G. Lehmann, DFVLR The effect of HHC to a four bladed hingeless model rotor
9 1983 Stresa
8 1982 Aix-en-Provence P. G. Wilby, RAE and J. J. Philippe, ONERA An investigation of the aerodynamics of an RAE swept tip using a model rotor