Category Archives: material science

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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Metamaterials – world changer

In 2006 Sir John Pendry a physicist invented an ‘invisible cloak’, a nano-engineered material that could bend light waves. This heralded the the beginning of a new class of material that could manipulate the properties of light and do things … 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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AM – a manufacturing revolution

  AM (Additive Manufacturing) costs are reducing and combined with it’s flexibility to manufacture quickly bespoke designs from CAD models, is slowly taking sector ground from more traditional manufacturing methods. The range of materials that can be used has increased … Continue reading

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Tragedy of Italian Bridge Collapse

The Italian port city of Genoa experienced a terrible bridge collapse just one day before Italy’s major summer holidays on 14 August. A large section of the Morandi bridge collapsed amid heavy rainfall. Dozens of vehicles plunged 45m amid heavy … Continue reading

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Graphene – discovery to application

    Graphene was discovered in 2004 by two professors at the university of Manchester, Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov, and was hailed as the wonder material that would disrupt many industries. The academics, who have since won the Nobel … Continue reading

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Bloodhound latest – 200mph test run

     On 26th October just a few days ago Bloodhound SSC team experienced it’s biggest milestone to date in the development of the world’s first 1000 mph car. At 1pm the Bristol built supersonic car carried out it’s first … Continue reading

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3D Printed components in Aerospace

   GE Additive Centre in Ohio 3D prints parts for it’s aircraft engines ! Profound as that may seem, where reliability and caution in manufacture is paramount in the aerospace industry, it is today’s reality. In fact 35% of components … Continue reading

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Car weight is now becoming material !

onsumption     An age old concern that is now higher on the agenda for manufacturers is overweight vehicles. Traditionally cars have always been made from steel for the structure & ‘body in white’ components, with plastics for trim and … Continue reading

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