Vital capacity – the story behind Penlon’s ventilator push

Article Source: The Engineer Whilst the UK’s push for extra Covid-19 ventilators pulled in some of the biggest names in manufacturing, it was the expertise of little-known Oxfordshire medical devices firm – Penlon – that was to prove critical to the project’s success. Jon Excell spoke to the company’s production engineering manager Paul Merrick about … More Vital capacity – the story behind Penlon’s ventilator push

Distributed propulsion ‘may be the only means’ for small electric flight progress

Article Source: IMechE Distributed propulsion could bring many benefits – and some new challenges (Credit: DLR E-Fliegen Hub) Much has been written about electric planes, but it remains to be seen whether they will ever be commercially viable. Amid the strain of the Covid-19 pandemic, Rolls-Royce and Airbus cancelled flight tests of their E-Fan X … More Distributed propulsion ‘may be the only means’ for small electric flight progress

How the 5G revolution will change engineering forever

Article Source: IMechE The fifth generation of mobile internet will bring endless possibilities for engineers (Credit: Shutterstock) Drones inspecting bridges, wind turbines and tunnels were once a flight of fancy for the engineering sector, but now they’re helping the profession to reach new heights. “You’ve got moving parts and you can be surrounded by hazardous … More How the 5G revolution will change engineering forever

Britishvolt targets Wales for UK’s first battery gigaplant

Article Source: The Engineer The UK’s first battery gigaplant looks set to be built on the site of a former RAF base at Bro Tathan in Wales. Up to 3,500 jobs could be created following Britishvolt’s agreement with the Welsh government to work towards the development of a 30GWh battery manufacturing plant and 200MW solar … More Britishvolt targets Wales for UK’s first battery gigaplant

Deadline extended to Collaborate to Innovate 2020 awards

Article Source: The Engineer We are pleased to announce that the entry deadline for the 2020 Collaborate to Innovate Awards (C2I 2020) – The Engineer’s annual search for the UK’s most innovative, collaborative engineering projects – has been extended until Friday 18th September.  Now in its fifth year, C2I – which is supported by EPSRC and sponsored … More Deadline extended to Collaborate to Innovate 2020 awards

Late great engineers: Brooklyn Bridge builder Washington Roebling

Article Source: The Engineer Although designed by his father, it was the son Washington Roebling who was the chief engineer that saw through to its conclusion the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Written by Nick Smith.  According to the author of The Great Bridge David McCullough, there had been talk of spanning New York’s East River for … More Late great engineers: Brooklyn Bridge builder Washington Roebling

Study reveals huge boost to lifetime earnings for engineering graduates

Article Source: IMechE An engineering degree increases average lifetime earnings by £140,000, a new study has revealed. The increase in earnings – compared to lifetime wages for people with no degree and a minimum of five A-C grade GCSEs – is also more than £32,000 above the average increase from having a degree, meaning an engineering degree boosts wages … More Study reveals huge boost to lifetime earnings for engineering graduates

Major UK engineering firms join Tempest consortium

Article Source: IMehcE Seven of the UK’s leading aerospace and defence firms have joined Team Tempest, the cross-industry effort to develop a high tech, next generation combat aircraft for the RAF.   The companies involved include Bombardier Belfast, Collins Aerospace, GE Aviation UK, GKN Aerospace, Martin Baker, QinetiQ, and Thales UK. According to a statement from the … More Major UK engineering firms join Tempest consortium

Caribbean response to COVID-19: supporting the community and front line

Article Source: IMechE The COVID-19 pandemic has brought enormous personal, economic, and social damage across the globe. Deepak Lall reports on how he and his colleagues are supporting the community and front line workers. As many businesses in Trinidad and Tobago were mandated by government to close during this time, Qualitech, being an essential service … More Caribbean response to COVID-19: supporting the community and front line

I’m an Engineer: Stay at Home…60 seconds with Kate Davies, QinetiQ

Article Source: IMechE Partly funded by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the I’m an Engineer: Stay At Home programme enables school students to gain access to and have their questions answered by qualified engineers working across multiple industries. By giving their time and experience, contributing engineers are able to inform and inspire students to become … More I’m an Engineer: Stay at Home…60 seconds with Kate Davies, QinetiQ