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24 May 2012
Cardiff University’s achievements in engineering was on show at the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Summer Soirée (Thursday 24 May).
The Royal Academy of Engineering event hosted by Cardiff University highlighted the crucial role of engineers in developing solutions to a diverse range of environmental, social, health and economic challenges. The universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Swansea were also represented at the event.
The "Engineering a better society" exhibition featured ten exhibits from Cardiff University covering world-leading engineering research. The interactive exhibits ranged from research improving our understanding of osteoarthritis, helping to develop better treatments for millions of sufferers, to the use of smart meters, soon to be commonplace in the UK, and expected to lead to major energy savings.
Guest of honour HRH The Princess Royal was welcomed to the event by President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Sir John Parker and the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant.
Dr David Grant, Vice-Chancellor said: "These are difficult economic times and engineering has an increasingly important part to play in developing the new economy. Cardiff University’s exhibition demonstrates the real impact being made by world-leading research in Cardiff School of Engineering working with our partners."
Sir John Parker, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering said: "Our soirées, which take place almost every summer, aim to shine a spotlight on great engineering research and development, giving the host institution and its talented people the opportunity to showcase what they do to an audience of eminent engineers as well as distinguished friends and visitors from near and far.
"Cardiff University is helping to lead the way in ensuring that engineers continue to be at the heartland of society and play a central role in shaping the economy of the UK - and the world beyond."
The exhibition in full featured:
The Seren Project
Cardiff engineers are developing our understanding of the relationship between the ground and our energy needs, and generating new economic activity.
Cardiff experts have developed damage-detection methods for bridges, buildings and aircraft components, potentially saving thousands of lives and millions of pounds.
Severn Barrage Research
Cardiff experts have developed computer models to predict potential energy generation and environmental impacts of a barrage across the Severn Estuary.
Arthritis Research UK
Cardiff researchers from six academic schools are working together to improve our understanding of osteoarthritis, and to develop better treatments for millions of sufferers.
Maintaining a reliable electricity supply is vital, but there is uncertainty in the industry about the reliability of the insulation at transmission substations. Cardiff researchers are developing artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to measure the degradation of the material and predict how much longer it will last, and creating new textured insulation coating.
Gas Turbine Research Centre (GTRC)
The Cardiff’s Gas Turbine Research Centre is working with industrial partners worldwide to improve the flexibility, performance and safety of gas turbines.
Health and sport
Cardiff researchers are working to save rugby and soccer players from head injury by establishing whether agreed safety thresholds for artificial playing surfaces are appropriate.
Cardiff experts, in close collaboration with INRIS (France) and Australia, are creating highly accurate surgical simulators, replicating procedures accurately in real-time.
Engineering for Life
Engineering for Life was a three year EPSRC funded public engagement project which involved a series of activities including engineering taster courses for schools, teachers and careers advisors.
Cardiff engineers are pioneering research into the development and use of smart meters, which will soon be commonplace in the UK, and which are expected to lead to major energy savings.
University of Bristol
A £1.8M joint research venture funded by EPSRC between the University of Bristol and Cardiff University, the project is a new approach to design to result in a one pass design process for future communications systems.
University of Bath & British Antarctic Survey
The exhibit shows the equipment and living conditions of the engineers who deployed the equipment across the remote regions the Antarctic continent.
The BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car plans to take a manned vehicle to 1000 mph by 2013 increasing the current land speed record (763mph) by over 30%.
University of Exeter
The research team has developed an appealing and novel 3D chocolate printer, which processes one of many people’s favourite materials to build creative and personalised gift products.
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