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Lars Hansen, Associate Professor of Rock and Mineral Physics at the Rock Rheology Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK, discusses the development of a high-temperature uniaxial creep apparatus that also enables precise dynamic measurements to be undertaken at a wide range of frequencies.
Maxim Vreeswijk of Imperial College London, UK, discusses his research on characterising the mechanical properties of interfaces in tooling material tungsten carbide-cobalt composites.
The cobalt sector is facing changing fortunes and immense challenges. Michael Schwartz finds out more.
Shashi Paul of the Emerging Technologies Research Centre at De Montfort University, UK, discusses using silicon nano-structures for energy-related and electronic devices.
Biomaterials are improving aortic disease surgery, but current materials still have their limitations. Dr Riaz Akhtar of the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool, UK, discusses progress.
New requirements for military-grade galvanic corrosion protection require improved corrosion simulation tools. We hear more from CTO Keith Legg, Senior Scientist Siva Palani, and CEO Alan Rose at Corrdesa.
McLaren’s Executive Director for Commercial and Legal, Ruth Nic Aoidh, talks to Ellis Davies about the company’s new factory in Sheffield, UK, and its approach to sourcing and manufacture.
What is the journey to becoming chartered like? Idha Valeur gets insights from Chartered Engineers and industry bodies to hear their advice for others starting out on the same path.
Lynsey Seal*, Principal Fire Engineer and Joint Head of London Fire Brigade’s Fire Engineering Group, talks to Idha Valeur about her journey to Chartership.
UK manufacturing is breaking down barriers with a focus on lightweighting. The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is setting out to advance capabilities in the UK.
Fred Starr recollects on a visit to see CR Kennedy and his slag test rig at the Argonne National Labs, and the creation of "black snow".
Isabelle Cauwet, Applications Engineer at Digital Surf, looks at the benefits of using software to enhance microscopy data.
V&A Dundee opened last year, celebrating the country, the local area and its rich design history. Ceri Jones takes a tour of the building.
Scotland – written off in some quarters but proving that its mineral wealth can induce a come-back. Michael Schwartz explores the region.
Andre Boje, CEO of coal mining and trading company Minergy Limited, talks to Ellis Davies on the company’s Masama coal mine project in Botswana, its investment in mining and the future of coal in the energy mix.
Water-lubricated composite bearings are an ever-evolving area of material development, as Riina Haaja discusses.
In October 2018, HRH Prince Charles officially opened Balmoral Offshore Engineering’s subsea test facility in Aberdeen, Scotland, at the conclusion of its two-year £20m investment programme. Ellis Davies talks on the facility, its capabilities and various testing methods.
Trelleborg Senior Design Engineer Tony Westerlund, talks to Ellis Davies about fire protection in offshore oil and gas environments, and the company’s recent DNV-GL certification for its fire protection product.
Additive manufacturing is becoming increasingly mainstream. Here, Ellis Davies talks to Andy Simpson of Angus 3D Solutions, UK, and Jon Reilly of Markforged, USA, about the benefits and potential barriers of using the technology.
Modern day metal forming has come a long way from the traditional hitting with a hammer. Ellis Davies takes a look at modern methods at the centre of forming research and development in Scotland.
What are the material innovations helping to advance space and satellite technology? Robin Hague, Lead Engineer at Skyrora Ltd, Scotland, takes a look.
Erika Hedblom, Manager of Intelligent Tube Systems for Sandvik, Sweden, discusses how internal sensors and cloud computing can provide deeper process insights.
Advances in the tailored fibre placement process have reinvigorated interest in the technique, which could inspire widespread adoption of carbon composites in the mainstream automotive industry and beyond. Richard Harrington investigates the latest refinements.
An award winning copper extraction method using microwaves has been recognised for its contribution to the advancement of the field. Sam Kingman* looks at the method and its origins.
Welsh minerals has a glittering revival. Michael Schwartz takes a look.
Paul Davies, Head of Engineering at University of South Wales, UK, talks to Ellis Davies about the university’s new aerospace academy in Dubai, UAE.
Ashley Pursglove* explores the journey of materials development company Mμrex through projects, from medical devices to recycled plastics.
Andrew J Pollard* and Charles A Clifford** of the National Physical Laboratory, UK, talk on the characterisation of graphene as a vehicle towards wider commercialisation.
The Women’s Engineering Society has seen some significant figures and important events in both equality and engineering. Dawn Bonfield looks over the society’s last 100 years.
Professor Steve Brown, Professor Claire Davis and Professor Martin Brunnock, look into how £7m of funding for a new virtual factory will aid the future of UK steel.
Training, upskilling and continued professional development are key areas for healthy future industry, but how can we close the skills gap in STEM? Idha Valeur gets insight from industry experts.
Idha Valeur talks to Bethany Holroyd Engtech MICE, Project Coordinator and mental health first aider at WSP, about her alternative route into a career in STEM.