• Materials Testing 2017

    International Centre, Telford, UK5-7 September
    Materials Testing – the world’s most comprehensive exhibition of non-destructive testing (NDT), materials testing, condition monitoring and diagnostic technologies – returns this year with a new range of features and industry speakers.
    Materials Testing 2017 will take place from 5-7 September in Telford, UK and will showcase the latest innovations from companies around the world.The show comes at an exciting time fo
  • VIDEO: Paris air show static display

    This video captures the static display at the Paris air show, including views of the Embraer E-2 and Boeing KC-390
  • Entrepreneur hits the right notes with Soundbops

    Michael Tougher, CEO of Spark and Rocket, was named the ‘brightest young engineering entrepreneur’ last year in the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Launchpad Competition. Here he talks about how he’s bringing his product to market, and lessons learned since graduating with an idea and the desire to succeed in 2015.
    How did you get started?
    I always knew I wanted to be an inventor. Even as a child, I was always making things. Couple that with a musical upbringing and a love
  • AMRC develops world’s most accurate large volume machining robot

    The most accurate large volume machining robot in the world is being developed in the UK.The highly accurate robot milling system could take some of the workload off expensive machine tools, alleviating a bottleneck on the production line, its developers say.
    Researchers at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, with support from the Aerospace Technology Initiative (ATI), have modified an off-the-shelf KUKA Titan robot to develop the robotic millin
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  • Design engineering plots course to redress gender imbalance

    To mark International Women in Engineering Day 2017, Dr Leila Sheldrick considers design engineering’s role in encouraging more women to study engineering.
    When I started my undergraduate degree in 2003 I was one of only seven women in a class of 50. It’s an experience many will recognise, and even today many engineering courses have a stark gender imbalance.
    Yet this autumn when our new undergraduate students turn up for The Dyson School of Design Engineering’s 2017 MEng Desig
  • Proof-of-concept points to flexible wearables

    Engineers have designed a flexible thermoelectric energy harvester that could rival the effectiveness of existing wearable electronic devices that use body heat as an energy source.In the proof-of-concept study from North Carolina State University (NC State), researchers acknowledge that the performance and efficiency of flexible devices is inferior to rigid devices, which are used to monitor a variety of health and environmental measures.
    “We wanted to design a flexible thermoelectric har
  • Women engineers can reap future rewards

    Women engineers have a key role in helping to bridge the UK’s burgeoning skills gap 
    Over the years, the UK has been hailed as the ‘workshop of the world’ and a world leader in engineering and innovation. But despite this history of success, today it has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, women still only make up around just 8 per cent of engineers.
    This is at a time
  • Promoted content: Protect your instrumentation with software

    By Adri Kruger, LabVIEW Product Manager
    For over 50 years, test engineers have been taking a PC-based approach to automating stand-alone instrumentation. With so much investment tied up in capital assets for test equipment, engineers are looking for reassurance that they can satisfy current and future testing needs. While capital expenditure on hardware is often the easiest cost to associate with test, the importance of a good software investment is commonly overlooked. Instrumentation wil
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  • Roma the engineer wins top academy Award

    Engineer and broadcaster Roma Agrawal has won one of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s most prestigious awards in recognition of her tireless efforts to promote careers in the profession.The Rooke Award for public promotion of engineering, named after industrialist and past Academy President Sir Denis Rooke, honours people who have brought engineering to life for the public.
    Previous winners include TV engineering experts Professor Danielle George and Professor Mark Miodownik FREng.
  • News story: First ever memorial to African and Caribbean Service Personnel unveiled in Brixton.

    Today (22nd June 2017) the first ever memorial to African and Caribbean servicemen and women was unveiled in a ceremony attended by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.Speaking ahead of the event at Windrush Square, Brixton, where a new permanent memorial was unveiled, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:The UK is indebted to all those servicemen and women from Africa and the Caribbean who volunteered to serve with Britain during the First and Second World Wars.
  • ESA clears path for LISA gravitational wave mission

    The mission, involving three spacecraft flying in formation, is currently scheduled for 2034
    The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission, aimed at detecting gravitational waves in space, has been approved by the European Space Agency at a meeting of its Science Programme Committee. After many years of development and delays, the mission is now scheduled to go ahead in 2034.
    The LISA mission will see three identical spacecraft fly in formation, 2.5million km apartGravitational waves are
  • ​PARIS: Scorpion tests 20mm cannon ahead of OA-X

    Textron is demonstrating a 20mm cannon on its Scorpion twin-jet ahead of the US Air Force s light attack OA-X experiment later this summer.
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  • News story: £260M job-sustaining contract for advanced identification system

    The system, called Mode-5 and developed for the MOD by UK-based company Leonardo, uses advanced cryptographic techniques and world-leading electronic technology to allow UK land, sea and air units to quickly identify friendly forces and operate safely alongside NATO allies across any battlefield.Mode-5 IFF has been designed to give UK units a clear and secure view of potential threats and targets, providing a powerful cyber shield against jamming and interference intended to reduce vital situati
  • Decelerating stray electrons could hasten fusion reactor development

    A technique for solving a problem that can destroy the inner walls of nuclear fusion reactors could bring the elusive technique one step closer
    Runaway elexctrons couild damage the inner walls of fusion reactors like JET in Culham, OxfordshirePlasma physicists from Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden, have devised a new method for decelerating stray electrons inside nuclear fusion reactors; a problem that can destroy the interior of a reactor without warning. Using plasma simulation and ma
  • New catalyst “makes carbon neutral fuel from CO2 a viable option”

    Australian scientists have developed a catalyst that converts carbon dioxide from the air into synthetic natural gas using solar energy.
    The research, carried out at the University of Adelaide in collaboration with CSIRO, Australia’s national agency for scientific research, could validate a process that has the potential to replace fossil fuels and continue to use existing carbon-based fuel technologies without increasing atmospheric CO2.
    The catalyst drives the process of combining CO2 wi
  • PARIS: Horizon demonstrates FlyingFish for monitoring satellite phone signals

    Horizon Technologies is promoting its FlyingFish airborne satellite monitoring system for monitoring of satellite phone signals for humanitarian, search and rescue and law enforcement/anti-terrorism purposes. FlyingFish can be used to turn a wide range of aircraft into signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection platforms.
  • Autonomous and connected cars get set for UK road trials

    Members of the UK Autodrive consortium have been demonstrating connected and autonomous vehicle technologies prior to road trials in Coventry and Milton Keynes.
    Project partners Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) assembled at the HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton today, June 22, 2017, to demonstrate a series of car technologies that have been successfully demonstrated in test track trials. Jaguar Land Rover also presented the latest version of their au
  • News story: Defence Minister Focuses on Scottish business, skills, and innovation

    The MOD spent £1.5 billion with Scottish businesses last year and supports 9,700 jobs across Scotland, with the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth Carriers being built in Rosyth and new Offshore Patrol Vessels under construction in Govan and Scotstoun ahead of this summer’s Type 26 Frigate steel cut.Mrs Baldwin met Scottish SMEs at the Defence Suppliers Forum, held at defence company Leonardo’s facility near Edinburgh. The Forum builds relationships between businesses and G
  • No need to apologise to British soldiers over Iraq claims, says Martyn Day

    Lawyer cleared of professional misconduct charges over claims against British forces in Iraq says the case was politically motivatedThe decision to prosecute human rights lawyers at the law firm Leigh Day was politically influenced, a senior partner has said in his first interview since being cleared of professional misconduct charges.Martyn Day said he and his colleagues did not need to apologise for doing their jobs and making British soldiers accountable for their actions in Iraq.
    Speaking ne
  • PARIS: UK carrier's helicopter fleet comes to the fore

    While the Lockheed Martin F-35B will inevitably be the main attraction of the Royal Navy s new Queen Elizabeth-class carrier, the service is expecting the rotary fleet to really come into its own through the deployment of the AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin, plus other possible rotorcraft in the future.
  • PARIS: ​Rockwell Collins prototypes fix for F-35 green glow

    Lockheed Martin recently tested a prototype from Rockwell Collins that could solve the F-35 s helmet-mounted display green glow issue, F-35 programme Jeff Babione told reporters at the Paris air show this week.
  • PARIS: ​NAVAIR exploring shorter test schedule for CH-53K

    US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is mulling a shorter test schedule for its Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion helicopter programme in an effort to save money, Sikorsky s president said this week.
  • Clearing the path for tomorrow’s female engineers

     Helen Jackson, senior consultant for Ove Arup and Partners Limited, reflects on some of the hurdles she’s faced in her engineering career, and what can be done to remove them for the next generation. 
    Whenever I see the statistics about the proportion of women in UK engineering I am no longer astonished; I am resigned to a gender imbalance in engineering, even in these modern and otherwise diverse times. Only 8 per cent of professional UK engineers are women, and the figure
  • News story: £135M infrastructure contract marks milestone in UK F35 programme

    The work will deliver a new aircraft hangar capable of housing 12 of the new fast jet aircraft, from which they will deploy to our Queen Elizabeth Class carriers giving the UK world class carrier strike capability. It will improve existing facilities, including resurfacing two existing runways and taxiways, while the Station remains operational. Vertical Landing Pads will also be added to RAF Marham, accommodating the F-35B’s ability to land vertically, a capability previously covered by t
  • News story: Flexible working for Armed Forces

    The changes will deliver a career which is as flexible as possible by allowing service personnel to work part time for short periods, as long as the operational effectiveness of the military is maintained.The measures, which are due to come into effect in 2019, are part of the Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill. They will also limit the amount of time that personnel will need to spend away from their home-base and their families.Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:To compete for the best
  • PARIS: Martin-Baker shows candidate ejection seat for T-X trainer

    Martin-Baker is showing its candidate ejection seat for the US Air Force's T-X trainer for the first time at a major show, with the Mk18 design also to be the basis for offers to equip future fighters and upgrade in-service types.
  • ​PARIS: KC-390 testing proceeds apace

    Embraer says flight testing is going well with its KC-390 tactical transport, as it gears up to deliver the first production aircraft to the Brazilian air force in 2018.
  • PARIS: Lessor Stellwagen orders 12 C295 transports

    Stellwagen Group has signed for 12 C295 medium transports, with manufacturer Airbus Defence & Space describing the agreement as a "pioneering deal".
  • News story: Angelina Jolie visits British military team in Kenya

    This specialist instructional course hosted by the IPSTC is funded by the UK’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) and delivered with the support of the British Peace Support Team (East Africa). Ms Jolie’s visit to the region has two distinct but complementary purposes: to highlight the continued plight of Africa’s refugees, marked yesterday by World Refugee Day; and, to maintain momentum behind the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, with the day before (19 June) b
  • PARIS: Leonardo works to clear Falco for non-segregated airspace

    Leonardo is working on certifying its Falco family of unmanned air vehicles for flight in non-segregated airspace, as part of a new services-based offering that it has introduced at the show.
  • Deadline looming for entrants to James Dyson Award

    The clock is ticking for students of product design, industrial design or engineering to submit their entries to the 2017 James Dyson Award.
    Entrants have until July 20, 2017 to put forward an idea that conforms to a brief that asks for the ‘design of something that solves a problem, big or small.’ A £30,000 prize is available for the winning project’s future development.
    “There is normally a better solution to a problem. Engineers challenge convention and have bril
  • News story: Grave of brave Nottingham born WW2 airman finally rededicated

    Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) Frank Edward Reed’s final resting place has been identified after his aircraft, RAF Stirling Bomber EH945, part of 620 Squadron, was shot down in Germany on 27 September 1943. To honour the bravery and sacrifice of Flt Sgt Reed, a rededication service was held on 20 June 2017 at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.The service, organised by the MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), part of Defence Busine
  • Dubai set to trial electric Volocopter as air taxi

    Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that flying taxis will soon be taking to the emirate’s skies.A five-year trial due to start later this year will see the all-electric Volocopter undertaking test flights in the UAE city. Designed and built in Germany, the Volocopter can fly autonomously using 18 individual rotors powered by nine swappable batteries. The aircraft has a top speed of 100km/h and maximum flight time of around 30 minutes.
    “The test will start
  • PARIS: Rafale's F3R update on target after latest tests

    Flight test activities involving two key elements of the Dassault Rafale's future F3R operating standard have recently been conducted at DGA defence procurement agency sites.
  • Photoacoustic technique reduces waiting time for breast cancer diagnosis

    The time taken to receive a breast cancer diagnosis could be significantly reduced, thanks to an imaging system designed to cut the various stages of tumour detection down to a single scan.Breast cancer diagnosis can take a number of weeks, involving a visit to the GP, followed by an x-ray mammogram and an ultrasound or even an MRI, before the patient finally undergoes a biopsy.
    The new system, being developed by researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, uses light and sound to
  • ​PARIS: Finnish competition could line up with Block 3 F/A-18 production

    Boeing could put forward its Block 3 F/A-18 Super Hornet for the Finnish air force competition, assuming the recapitalisation lines up with Boeing s Block 3 production for the US Navy.
  • Processing innovation opens up new pathway for specialist steel

    A method for making low-weight, high-strength steel more manufacturable could have important implications for the automotive sector
    Car manufacturers, trying to reduce the weight of vehicles, are interested in low-weight, high-strength grades of steel. But some of these metals have properties which make them difficult to manufacture and process in large quantities. Material scientists at the University of Warwick have now found a way to control the properties of these materials so they can be ro
  • News story: Chief Constable Alfred Hitchcock

    Alf became the Chief Constable four years ago and during that time he established strong links and working relationships with a wide range of colleagues across the MOD.Alf committed the whole of his working life to public service having joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1977 and during the past 40 years he had worked in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), the National Policing Improvement Agency, Bedfordshire Police and, since 2013, the MOD as Chief Constable of the MDP.In 2005, Alf led the S
  • PARIS: Lockheed unleashes C-130J for international special forces

    Lockheed Martin has launched an additional variant of its C-130J optimised to perform missions supporting the special operations forces (SOF) of international customers.
  • York-led project puts communities at heart of clean water solutions

    More than 1.5 million children under five years old are estimated to die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation.
    But providing clean, safe water to remote communities in the developing world remains a challenge as there is often not the infrastructure in place to deliver it.
    To reduce rates of diarrhoeal disease in remote communities, researchers at York University are developing monitoring technologies to allow local people to test the quality of
  • PARIS: Tejas likely to be armed with Derby

    The Hindustan Aeronautics Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) and Saab Gripen fighters are likely to be the first foreign aircraft to be armed with the Rafael I-Derby ER air-to-air missile.
  • PARIS: Typhoons having busiest ever year, Eurofighter says

    The Eurofighter programme hit a new high at the Paris air show, with the Typhoon in its busiest ever operational year and further sales prospects coming into view.
  • ​PARIS: T-Bird targets low-cost ISR, ground attack roles

    Bulgaria's Light Armed Surveillance Engineering (LASA) is promoting a weaponised version of the Thrush 510G agricultural, aimed at customers who are fighting insurgencies and face other security issues.
  • World’s largest additive machine will produce metre-cubed aero components

    The additive manufacturing division of GE is developing what it claims will be the world’s largest laser-powder additive manufacturing machine.Specially tailored for the aerospace industry, the machine will be able to print in a build envelope of one metre cubed.
    “The machine will 3D print aviation parts that are one metre in diameter, suitable for making jet engine structural components and parts for single-aisle aircraft,” said Mohammad Ehteshami vice president and General Ma
  • PARIS: Diamond to deliver first Dart-450s this year

    Diamond Aircraft is displaying a duo of Paris debutantes, with its Dart-450 and surveillance-roled DA62 MPP both attracting significant interest.
  • Brexit – towards the nuclear cliff edge

    Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, argues that any gap in the arrangements by which the UK nuclear industry co-operates with the world could cause considerable disruption  
    There’s a common phrase popping up across many articles and interviews about Brexit – ‘cliff edge’.
    Whether that’s the Institute of Directors, which said the two-year timeframe is unlikely to be enough to sever ties and form new trade deal
  • Airbus unveils high-speed helicopter concept

    Airbus has used the Paris air show to demonstrate the latest phase in its development of a concept that it claims represents a step-change in the performance of helicopters.Codenamed Racer (Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft) the high speed and high efficiency rotorcraft is being developed through the EU’s CleanSky 2 Initiative, a research program aimed at developing technologies that can reduce the environmental impact of aviation.
    According to Airbus the helicopter is designed to achiev
  • Rolls-Royce and Svitzer demonstrate world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel

    The world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel has been demonstrated by Rolls-Royce and towage operator Svitzer in Copenhagen harbour.Svitzer´s 28m long Svitzer Hermod is said to have undertaken a number of remotely controlled manoeuvres earlier in the year.
    From the quay side in Copenhagen harbour the vessel’s captain, stationed at the vessel’s remote base at Svitzer headquarters, berthed the vessel alongside the quay, undocked, turned 3600, and piloted it to the
  • ​PARIS: MiG-35 flight testing proceeds apace

    RAC MiG is pressing ahead with testing of its MiG-35 fighter, and expects testing to be completed by the end of 2017.
  • Last week’s poll: Brexit after the election

    Engineer readers are split on the most likely effect of the General election result of the terms of the deal that the government will seek on the UK’s exit from the EUWe saw a most unusual and intriguing result from our poll last week on the effects of the election result on the likely terms of Brexit. Generally, we see a clear winner even if the leading option does not attract a majority of responses; but last week brought us a dead-heat, with two options both gathering 31 per cent of the

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