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A bridge too far? - covered bridge hidden capacity for live load

Routine analytical evaluations of historic covered bridges indicate they should have fallen down long ago, yet they support vehicles with no apparent distress. Drawing on his 40 years’ experience working with timber buildings and bridges, Phillip Pierce investigates.

All in the hands - Demand for handmade bricks with Michelmersh Brick Holdings

As demand for handmade bricks surges, Frank Hanna and Greg Crownshaw from Michelmersh tell Melanie Rutherford how they’re keeping up

A tale of three tileworks - artisan clay manufacturers

Mike Driver looks at three artisan clay manufacturers bucking the economic downturn

Steel giving - charting 100 years of stainless steel

As stainless steel reaches a century in age, here are some of its achievements

Ones to watch: 35 under 35 - profiles of outstanding younger engineers and materials scientists

Our list of 35 under 35 year-olds who have excelled in engineering and materials science