Category Archives: design

Engineering Innovations: The Printing Press

Knowledge is power, and the invention of the mechanical movable type printing press helped spread knowledge wider and faster than ever before. German goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg is credited with inventing the modern printing press around 1436, although he was not the first … Continue reading

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Engineering Innovations: Wind Turbines

Wind Turbines and Windmills are ingenious devices that are able to convert wind power into useful mechanical work. This is achieved by using turbine blades or ‘sails’, to impart a rotational force to a main shaft. This, in turn, is … Continue reading

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Engineering Innovations: Steam Power

The Aeolipile was the world’s first rotating steam engine, or more technically correct, a steam reaction turbine. It was devised by the great Heron of Alexandria in the1st Century AD. A sphere mounted on a spindle with two opposing outlet pipes for … Continue reading

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Leadership: Succession Leadership

Succession leadership is the ability to pass on your leadership responsibility to another capable of the task. To be able to spot potential leaders to take your place, as you step down, in a smooth hand over of responsibilities confident … Continue reading

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Effectiveness of Cloth Masks against respiratory infections

Cloth masks have been used in healthcare and community settings to protect the wearer from respiratory infections for many years around the world. Masks have two functions: firstly to prevent transmission of respiratory infections from infected person (source) to another … Continue reading

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3D CAD – The Evolution Journey

3D CAD was first introduced in the 1990s and was a game changer at the time. Before this CAD was 2D and replicated traditional hand drawn engineering or archtitectural drawings on film or paper, a process that had been around … Continue reading

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Reverse Engineering

A rather counter intuitive title for a blog, but as I have often heard ‘one has to retreat to advance’ ! Reverse engineering in essence is the design process in reverse. The need for reverse engineering arises when one has … Continue reading

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Integrity in engineering & governance

   Jet Engine under test Recent events in the UK and US led me to think about integrity in our world today, especially in places of leadership and governance, and even within our own professions – mine being engineering. Their … Continue reading

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A train that’s ahead by a nose !

  ALPHA-X                                                                        Maglev Trains are accepted to be less polluting than aircraft but to truly rival plane travel as a valid alternative they are being developed to go faster. In Japan they are testing the ALPHA-X which stands for Advanced … Continue reading

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The WaveFlyer – Electric Hydrofoil Jet-Ski

       The WaveFlyer is the world’s first electric hydrofoil jet-ski, developed by an Australian company Electro.Aero, in collaboration with University of Western Australia. Essentially it is a personal craft that ‘flies’ serenely one foot above the water, powered … Continue reading

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