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Engineering News (June 2018)

Large 3D objects are being constructed in Cellulose Cellulose, is an abundant organic compound and can be used for a fascinating number of applications. The first 3D object to be completed using Cellulose is a turbine blade that measures 1.2m and has a weight of 5.2kg. Cellulose combined with a material called Chitosan was used to fabricate this. There are several variables that have stopped Cellulose being used in this manner previously, due to the difficulty in scaling down Cellulose, and the high cost to produce it are two of the main issues related to this as a 3D material. Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), think that they...

Special Report: The General Data Protection Regulations

Cheryl Dyer Ballard examines the The General Data Protection Regulations, which will come into force on Friday, 25th May 2018. Here, Cheryl examines the implications, what exactly is involved, the whys, ways and means of this landmark EU legislation, why you need to act in accordance with it by the deadline, and what it means for you as an individual.   Introduction You may have noticed in your inboxes the large amount of emails that you are receiving from companies that you have registered your details with at some time or the other. Personally, I’m ignoring quite a few of them as they’re from companies that I don’t even recognise –...

Engineering News (May 2018)

UK researchers literally squeeze more power from solar cells Researchers led by Professor Marin Alexe at Warwick University, have demonstrated a way to produce more energy using Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panels. The short explanation is that by deforming the crystals in the semiconductor materials by pressing on them – a process that utilises the PV’s anisotrophic properties –  the efficiency of the PV panel can be increased. In traditional solar cells, that use the p and n  junction system, light is absorbed by the cell and the charge carriers are sent off in different directions along the semiconductors producing a current and a voltage. The new solar cells, using something...

Tech Update (April 2018)

Andy Cormack gives us the heads up on what’s on the horizon in hardware and technology, giving you the lowdown on the next big thing.   In April’s update, Andy looks at some literally lunatic ideas for 4G on the Moon no less, putting the brakes on Hyperloop, hotels in space and  robot bees. It almost feels like the 1960s again.  Read on…   Audi, Vodafone, and Nokia plan Lunar Mobile Phone Network While 5G is on the horizon, some companies have their heads set firmly beyond the clouds as Audi, Vodafone, and Nokia are partnering on a project to implement a 4G network on the Moon, one that may...

Engineering News (April 2018)

Propping up the wind turbine industry 17th March, 2018 was an important day for renewable energy resources in the UK. It was on this day that the National Grid reported that more than a third of the energy generation for domestic use in the UK was generated by wind power, a record amount to date. As the UK seeks to lower pollution and raise the use of renewable resources this is very positive news. How can the amount of wind power generated be increased further? The use of inshore and offshore wind farms is difficult when land fit for this particular purpose in the UK is sparse and large areas...

Engineering News (March 2018)

‘Beast from the East’ causes rail chaos Many faced huge delays due to cancelled services during the recent extreme weather (labelled in the UK papers as ‘The Beast from the East’). As temperatures plummeted and snow was predicted, many train services were cancelled even though early on – there was no snow apparent. “Why did this happen?” asked many stranded passengers and many are still asking as they try to chase up refunds on their tickets. There are varied reasons given and as the weather systems are changing, those reasons need to be addressed (or in some cases alternatives to the current solutions found). Network Rail themselves work on advice...

Engineering News (February 2018)

ICE 200 showcase aimed at young engineers This year is the specially designated UK Government’s ‘Year of Engineering’ (visit the official website for more details: www.yearofengineering.gov.uk). It is hoped that the projects that take place this year, aimed at 7-16 year olds, their parents and teachers, will help to inform and increase awareness of what engineers do and their impact on society. This, it is hoped, will encourage more young people into the field of engineering and help to plug skills gaps in the UKs engineering sectors. There are many engineering partners involved in the delivery of the year including the ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) and the UK Space...

Engineering News (January 2018)

Government publishes report outlining £600bn infrastructure investment pipeline including plans to boost construction productivity The government has produced a much needed new National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline report, outlining measures to help boost productivity and efficiency in the construction industry as well as investing in the new technologies in the sector. The amount of investment, that will be provided from both Public and Private sector investment totals £600 billion over the next 10 years, and is welcome news in light of the uncertainty in the sector with regards to Brexit. The report states that the money will be used to invest in the skills, technologies and modern construction methods that...

Engineering News (December 2017)

A powerful collaboration produces a new ‘eco-town’ in North-West Bicester Over the past decade or so, the consumer has become more ethically and environmentally aware of what they buy and the way they live. This discernment has spread to the houses we buy and how we live on a day to day basis. We now expect our new houses to be designed to use less energy and more planning to go into the sustainability of our areas. Developers Crest Nicholson and A2 Dominion in collaboration with principle contractors Willmott Dixon, the Cherwell District Council and Oxford Brookes University amongst others have unveiled, what is considered a unique ‘eco-town’ in the...

Engineering News (November 2017)

HS2 announces manufacturers HS2 Limited have announced the five manufacturers that will build the new 225mph trains that will form the workhorses of the line.  As reported in the Bulletin’s Business News (July 2017), the eagerly awaited ‘High Speed Train network’, HS2, will travel initially between London and the Midlands then, as the phases progress, it will expand to include routes to Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, York, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The HS2 network will cut down journey times to and from London and connect the North to the South in a more accessible way. The introduction of the network will generate thousands of new jobs through its creation and maintenance of...