Category Archives: engineering development

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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Regenerative braking takes another step

We are all quite familiar now I think with this technology, but there has been a incremental step in technology in it’s use in electric vehicles (EVs). When the battery is fully charged the regenerative braking is effectively turned off … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy Storage Options

   Renewable energy is growing but storage is one of it’s biggest problems. We need to be able to store turbine energy for windless days and solar energy for rainy days otherwise we can never discount dependency on fossil fuels. … Continue reading

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Reverse Engineering by 3D Scanning

  3D Scanning machines have been around for 10 years or so and were a niche market and cost around £30 to £40k. Today you can purchase a scanner for as little as £1500 which plugs into your laptop ! … Continue reading

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Pressure to lose weight !

  The physics that states ‘energy efficiency of cars is inversely proportional to kerb weight’ has led automotive manufacturers to look at lighter materials. Recent pressure to do this has come indirectly from a push to reduce emissions leading to … Continue reading

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3D CAD FEA – Finite Element Analysis

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) as a ‘bolt on’ software for 3D CAD software has been around a while to aid mechanical engineering design. The software over this time has improved in leaps & bounds and it’s price has also come … Continue reading

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Wheel Revolution !

  There has always been a design ‘trade off’ for vehicle design engineers with regard to vehicle propulsion on different terrains – need for speed, energy efficiency and low noise for the road, as against stability and traction for the … Continue reading

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Gas Turbine Blades – 3D Printed !

3D Printing has come along way since it was first introduced a few years ago. It is now used in defence, aerospace, and automotive industries and has moved on to metal parts, and is referred to as AM (additive manufacture). … Continue reading

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FCEV or BEV – VHS or Betamax?

The pros & cons of FCEVs are that they are quick to refuel, but there are very few hydrogen fueling stations around. Continue reading

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Supercapacitors Vs Lithium-ion Batteries

      A development in supercapacitors based on contact lens technology could potentially allow electric cars to be refuelled as quickly as petrol ones. A Hertfordshire company Superdialectrics had a technological breakthrough in January 2017, and since then, in … Continue reading

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